From the archives: 14 repurposing crafts to inspire you this Earth Day

14 Repurposing projects from the archives

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Over the last few years, we’ve had some amazing contributors on board, in addition to our editorial team, who have come up with creative ways to repurpose things into new creations, rather than simply tossing them in the trash.

Today as we celebrate the good planet we call home and take a minute to think about taking care of it, let’s revisit some of the great crafty posts we’ve had over the years here on Simple Homemade that repurpose materials into new things or use otherwise eco-friendly supplies.

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A 30 minute spring wreath tutorial

how to make an easy 30-minute spring wreath-

Written by contributor Jess Collier of If Only They Would Nap.

My poor front door has been bare since Christmas.

I usually have a different wreath/decoration to go with each change of season or holiday. During the last trimester of my pregnancy, however, all seasonal decorating went out the window. But now I’ve been cooped up in the house a bit, with the recent arrival of baby number four, and there’s still no spring in sight in Wisconsin.

So a new spring wreath was in order! And one that I could make in thirty minutes or less (you know, before baby wakes up!).

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Easy spring candle jars

Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins.

I am about to show you the easiest craft in the history of… ever.

I’m expecting a baby in a few weeks, and I’m at the point that “easiest ever” is exactly the right difficulty level for me!

(Okay, okay, that’s always the right difficulty level for me. Maybe you can relate?)

I think lace and whites are perfect for springtime, since they don’t compete with the greens and flowers that are starting to appear again.

Today we’re going to add white trim to repurposed jars to make something lovely.

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From Pinterest to Real Life: March 2013

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

Hello fellow pinners & crafters! It’s that time again, where we showcase how we’ve taken our pins from just inspiration to actual creative reality.

I’ve been in the kitchen a lot this month, with our diet shift in full swing, but I did want to share one fun project I made a bit of time for with you. This even counts as an Attack the Craft Stash post as well, because I used up items I already had to do it: double win!

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How to make beaded napkin rings

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

My craft stash doesn’t just include sewing supplies, much to my husband’s dismay (though that would be plenty if it were all I collected).

One of the things I’ve been holding onto for years is plenty of beads. I’m not sure why I have so many of them–some are from old projects, others from broken necklaces and jewelry whose beads were

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too pretty to part with– but for years and years they’ve just been collecting dust.

Since we use cloth napkins in our home almost all the time, one thing we’re always deciphering is whose napkin is whose (because let’s be honest, we tend to use our napkins for a couple of days if they’re fairly clean and we’re all healthy). Sometimes it’s easy to tell, other times we’re resorting to trying to remember who sat where last (we rotate seats) and who left theirs folded a certain way.

And so birthed the idea of using my bead collection to create individual napkin rings, one for each person in the family. It was a simple, practical project, one that my older kids (almost 6 and almost 3) were easily able to help with.

I love it when we can use our creative skills to actually fill a need in our home!

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