Lightbulb Crafts

If you are anything like my family, we have lightbulbs of all shapes, sizes, and colors burning out all at once.  Right now!  Here are some ideas of painting and decorating these lightbulbs for the upcoming holidays.  They will give you some holiday cheer AND you will be keeping lightbulbs out of the dump.

FACTS about light bulbs:

Even though you can get ‘low mercury’ light bulbs, they still have 3.5 mg of mercury in them each!  When this mercury gets into the dump and it rains, the mercury has a potential to get into our water.  When mercury gets into the environment, it poses great threats to both humans and animals.   Keep the light bulbs out of the dump!

 

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Recycled Fashion Homecoming Dresses

For all of the girls out there in high school and college, homecoming is coming up quite quickly.  Most schools are already back in session and the dance committees are already working on preparing for the upcoming dances.  Most teenage and twenty-something girls buy their dresses at a big box store, but then they face the chance that another girl will be at the dance with her same dress.  This year I will not have that problem and neither should you.  I personally will not be buying my dress, but remaking it out of an existing vintage dress.  It’s a dress from the 80’s and has big puffy sleeves and all (ew!).  So I’m taking the sleeves off, shortening the dress (it’s floor length too!) and I will have a beautifully coloured dress to work with and to add anything to that I like.  My first addition will be some beautiful vintage lace.  My dress will be original and unique.  Nobody will have the same dress.  Here are some ideas on how to make your own unique homecoming dress.  If you’re not interested in making your own, I have included some links to websites where you can purchase a fair trade, organic cotton, or previously worn dress.  All of these are just as good of ideas if you’re looking to be an original and help the environment at the same time.

Here are a few images of a cute dress made entirely from newspapers.  To see the making of this dress, go to: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sew-a-Newspaper-Dress/

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I know this is not a dress, but who really wants to take their huge purse into a dance?  Here’s a cute little clutch to make that will truly stand out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Since homecoming isn’t nearly as formal as prom, here are a few cute and short dresses from Free People that have the loved ‘vintage’ feel to them that could easily be worn as a homecoming dress.  Shoes, jewelry, and other accessories could dress any of them up quite nicely.

 

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/sweetheart-with-lace-slip/

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/colorblock-and-crosses-dress/

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/short-sleeve-low-back-fit-and-flare-dress/

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/glam-life-dress/

All four dresses are currently for sale in all sizes under $200.  A couple of them come in other colours than the ones pictured here.  So check out the site, get a cute homecoming dress, and help to ‘free people’ all over the world by supporting them in this fair trade clothing site.

Just Keep Recycling

Here are a few simple ideas that I’ve just found online that would be a great way to recycle and make a statement.

Zippers are a very large statement in the fashion industry today.  This would be a very simple make and would work as a gift, as pictured here.  If you had an old sweatshirt that ripped or the zippers broke, take the zippers off and use them as jewelry and the fabric can be used for any number of things. 

Here is an image of fabric rings.  Take your leftover fabric (thick ribbon would work too if you are a crafter and not a seamstress)  from any of your previous projects.  Add your own style and create!

Cut strips out of your favourite soda can when you are done drinking (and have rinsed it out, of course!), coil them, wrap them in wire, and turn them into beads for a funky necklace.

Men’s old neckties can easily be turned into a number of things from belts, handles for your purse, or, as pictured here, a funky neck wrap.  This would make a statement anywhere you go.

This would not be an entire piece of clothing or jewelry project.  Just a simple fabric flower made from an old necktie, sweater, shirt, purse, or scrap fabric on a broach would dress up any outfit.

Crafts and Clothing from Scrap-Fabric

T-Shirts to Necklaces

Remember than any of these necklaces could be made from recycled or scrap fabric, not just old t-shirts.  Also, when adding embellishments to your necklace, see if you can use something you already have in your house rather than going out and buying something for it.  This also reduces waste, because the processing for a new product does not have to be wasted.  Try using some spare buttons or beads off of a necklace that broke or even use one of your grandmother’s old vintage broaches as embellishments.  If there is any particular necklace you would like to see a how-to for, let me know and I will try to get it up before the end of the summer.  Happy reading!

Modern Ways to Alter Your T-Shirts

Earth Day, 2012

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
  • Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
     
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones
  • 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

  • Recycle
  • Participate in Earth Day activities
  • Carpool
  • Only buy what you need
  • Reusing

Here are a few fun activities that you can do on this Earth Day, 2012 to help make your lives greener:

Make a pillow out of an old t’shirt you accidentally shrunk in the wash                                                                         

Make a bracelet out of pull-tabs off of soda cans


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or you can even make a jewelry box out of all those small cardboard boxes you have lying around the house

I hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day and do something great for the world

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