|Posted on March 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM||comments (0)|
Every once in a while (okay almost every week), I get a craving for sushi from Pret A Manger on Hanover Street, but I always feel a little guilty because sushi comes in plastic containers. This time after enjoying my Japanese treat, I was determined to recycle every bit of the container, including the delightful retractable chopsticks (okay, I get excited when I see great design at work), a pretty carved bamboo toothpick and a neat little plastic soy sauce jar.
What you see above is the result. I'm using the plastic container to store paper beads that will eventually become a gorgeous necklace. Each compartment holds essentials to make the necklace and the soy bottle holds the needles I need. The retractable chopsticks will be used to knit up a couple of egg cosies when I find some yarn. As for the toothpick, well, there's no reason not to keep to its original function!
|Posted on December 19, 2009 at 10:23 AM||comments (0)|
Here's an example of a Christmas gift wrapping made entirely of recycled materials. The box is made from two pieces of cardboard from a larger box, the ribbon and bells are from a box of chocolates that I received last year and the label is made from cardstock and stamped with an appropriate message for the gift. The tiny tools are also recycled from a gift I received years ago. I used press-on letters from a sheet of Letraset that I found in a drawer.
If I wanted to be more 'Martha', I could have added a sprig of cedar or some red berries from the garden but that would have meant going outside and it's too cold (-20) for that!
Cost for gift 'wrap': $0.
Cleaning out my kitchen drawers gave me more than enough to work with. What do you have hidden in yours?
|Posted on November 15, 2009 at 10:39 AM||comments (0)|
It's very easy to make your own Advent calendars from materials you have around the house rather than wasting time and gas going to the mall for the store-bought versions. Making your own means you can personalize them as well.
The above Advent calendar was made entirely of recycled materials from around the house. You can also make a very simple Advent calendar using a metal cookie sheet and glue small magnets to the backs of the match boxes. (I cut up small pieces from those advertising magnets I get from local retailers.) Be sure the cookie sheet is not aluminum as that metal is not magnetic.
Cost to make calendar: $2.00 (for the glue)