DIY Upcycling Projects: 8 of 12 – Outdoor Furnishings

DIY Upcycling Projects for Your Outdoor Space | Eco-Mothering

One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 7 DIY upcycling projects you can create for your outdoor garden and patio. Be amazed and inspired! Recycled Door Arbor from GardenWeb     Wine Bottle Tiki Torch from Design Sponge   Pallet Patio Table from Survive France   Wine Barrel Sink from Instructables   Outdoor Movie Screen from The Shabby Creek Cottage   Plastic Chair Kiddie Plaything from Mummy Musings and Mayhem   Denim Planters from Upcycled Garden Style  

Grow a Healing Garden with Medicinal Plants

Plants for Your Medicinal Garden | Eco-Mothering.com

I’m a lazy gardener. This means I plant crops that can thrive with very little attention, which is why our veggie garden typically consists of tomatoes, peas, beans, basil and lettuce. When I discovered herbs a few years ago, I was particularly fond of their perennial properties—plant once and they come back year after year. A lazy gardener’s dream! I love that herbs have multiple uses; not only do they add flavor to meals, many offer medicinal properties. Sage, for example, works in stews and also provides relief for sore throats or laryngitis when used in a tea. Since moving beyond food gardening to other plants, I try to choose those with multiple uses. Yarrow in the front yard gives us fern-like leaves and pretty pink blooms. It also stops my daughter’s nosebleeds. Lemon balm on our patio naturally deters mosquitoes, yet can also add flavor to drinks and salads. As … Continue reading

Tips for Greening Your Home in Winter

Ideas for Greening Your Home in Winter | Eco-Mothering.com

When people talk about going green in winter, what usually comes to mind is weatherizing your home: sealing cracks, and insulating attics, pipes and heaters. But there also are other household tips to help make your winter more eco-friendly. Circulate those ceiling fans. It sounds odd, but if you change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it runs clockwise, it creates an updraft that allows the fan to circulate the warm air that gathers at the ceiling down to the space you inhabit. This simple act can save up to 10 percent on heating costs. Make your ice removal non-toxic. Chemical deicers come with caution warnings on them for a reason — they’re harmful to humans, pets and the environment. The impurities and added chemicals in road salt have been linked to aquatic dead zones, poisoned pets and plants, and increased risk of cancer in humans. Forget trying … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 4 of 12 – Household Organizers

DIY Upcycled Household Organization | Eco-Mothering.com

One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 10 DIY Upcycling projects to help organize your home this month. Be amazed and inspired! PVC Pipe Shoe Organizer from Home Stories A to Z   Knife Block Crayon Holder from Thrift Diving   Old Window Jewelry Holder from Oak Ridge Revival   Tic Tac Box Travel Spice Containers from Seattle Sundries   Tin Can Office Supply Caddy from Shabby Chic Inspired   Oatmeal Box Ribbon Holder from Curbly   Old Chair Scarf Rack from The DIY Adventures   Baby Gate Clothes Drying Rack from Northwest Edible Life   Soda Box Can Dispenser from Then … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 2 of 12 – OLD TIRES

DIY Tire Sandbox | Eco-Mothering.com

One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights five DIY Upcycling projects using old tires. Be amazed and inspired! DIY Tire Ottoman from That Was a What?!   DIY Garden Planters from Lushome   DIY Tire Sandbox from I Heart Nap Time   DIY Tire SeeSaw from My Fix It Up Life   DIY Tire Pet Bed from Fab Art DIY  

DIY Upcycling Projects: 1 of 12

DIY Upcycled Projects | Eco-Mothering.com

One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve done a 12-month series on Eco-Friendly Crafts and Unique, Gently Green Holidays. This post begins a series highlighting DIY Upcycling projects gathered from the Internet to amaze and inspire. Suitcase Lounge Chair from Crafty Magazine   Old Leather Coat into Leather Handbag by Luz Patterns   Spool Bookcase by Pink Stitches   Do you have any DIY Upcycling projects to share?  

Tips for Greening Your Child’s Bedroom or Nursery

It’s easy to get caught up in buying brand new, chain store stuff right from the start, especially when the Baby Industry woos you with their surplus of oversized cribs, cozy rocking chairs and cute monkey-adorned blankets. However, this is not a very sustainable choice and, often, not very healthy for your child either. A child’s developing body is more sensitive to environmental hazards than an adult’s, so it makes sense to pay more attention to what goes into your child’s bedroom – where they can spend up to one-half of their day. The materials and adhesives that go into furniture, flooring, bedding and décor often contain and emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds), a mixture of chemicals that can have adverse health effects. One common VOC, formaldehyde, is a known carcinogen. PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly used as flame retardants, and they tend to migrate from household products … Continue reading

DIY Solutions for a Natural Summer

DIY Solutions for a Natural Summer | Eco-Mothering.com

Summer is a carefree time of sunshine, vacations, picnics and outdoor living. For the eco-conscious person, that outdoor living can bring up questions from “How do I make my own tiki torches?” to  “What natural product will keep bugs out of my garden?” Other times, the casualties of summer (sunburn, bug bites) leave us hunting last-minute for natural remedies. Be prepared for anything summer dishes out with these DIY solutions for your body, home and garden. DIY for Health and Body DIY Herbal First Aid Kit for Summer from Delicious Obsessions  Easy Sunscreen Recipe from Scratch Mommy Homemade Sunscreen for SPF Allergies from Life Currents Bug Repellant with Coconut and Essential Oils from Delicious Obsessions Treating Bug Bites with Essential Oils from Mix Wellness Healing Garden Salve from Nourishing Simplicity Strawberry Lemonade Foot Scrub from Richly Rooted Medicinal Yarrow Salve for Cuts, Rashes and Stings from Montana Homesteader DIY Non-Toxic … Continue reading