Loving recycled crafts

by - Monday, August 04, 2008

I'm back from my little blog break! It's great to be able to regroup and come back fully centered and refreshed. While I was away, I managed to make a few easy and practical crafts using mostly recycled materials and I'm sharing them with you today.

Big thoughts, tiny scribbbles

I'd like to make recycling a way of life! With this change in consciousness, I'm taking some small steps by making recycled crafts like these playing card notebooks using CraftyPod's tutorial. For this project, I used an old, colourful card deck and small bits of recycled scratch paper. For the spine, I simply used card stock paper bound with double sided tape since I don't have any binding tape. I made several of these mini notebooks for a variety of uses i.e, pocket address book (it's tiny enough to fit inside a wallet), quote journal, mini doodle book, shopping list notebook, prayer/gratitude/dream journal and wee journal to record thoughts and creative ideas among others. So cute and practical. This is one craft you can actually make and use.

I've been wanting to make some toadstool mushrooms forever. Toadstool mushrooms are just so magically beautiful and I imagine some happy gnomes living underneath them. I made a few of these using felt scraps. The tutorial is here if you're inclined.

Who knew that old, broken crayon stumps can be recycled into crayon cookies? Crafty Daisies shows us how with her Crayon Nibble tutorial.

And the ultimate easy to do craft has got to be the matchbook notepad! I made some using Mr. Monkeysuit's clever tutorial! Scraps of bond paper, specialty paper or old greeting cards would work well. These notepads can be made as big or tiny as you wish. You may want to use The Small Object's free lined stationery. It has ample space to stamp in your personal logo or design.

That's all for now. Have a gorgeous week and happy recycling!

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  1. eee! those toadstool mushrooms are so cute!!!

    isn't it nice to take a break?! i actually felt more inspired and energized when i came back :)

  2. Hope you are refreshed. Love you new creations, nice to come by and see them again. I have an award on my blog for you. Take care Suzanne

  3. I love your card notebooks - so cute! We are into ccrafts that repurpose at the moment as well - it is nice to turn something unused into something more practical. Welcome back...

  4. What a clever idea to use the card deck. I like the rounded corners too.

  5. Great to have you back and renewed! Nothing does the trick quite like a little R & R! Love these new recycling projects.

  6. I'm so glad your break did the trick Christy and I'm loving your latest crafts!! The toadstools are sooo cute as the little playing card notebooks adorable..they would have to be the sweetest playing cards I've ever seen :D Gxx

  7. I love all of these ideas but the playing cards is my favorite. We have so many hanging around in closets peeking from corners. Thanks for the links.

  8. What fantastic recycling goodness! I especially love the notebooks... to cute!

  9. Some serious crafting going on here. I am pleased you left a comment on my latest post as I didn't realise you were back from your break. Of course, with my love of the outdoors, I love your toadstall mushrooms. x

  10. Great ideas. Thank for the link.


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