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In Bloom

In Bloom

Cherry trees are a beautiful display of the onset of springtime. They are native to Japan as well as China and Korea, but the striking trees can be found across the globe. Plantings of cherry trees were initiated in 1912 as a symbol of enduring friendship to the U.S. from Japan. The line of original seeds that were sown during this time still continues to bloom today. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ongoing celebration of this gift. For more on the history of cherry trees in the U.S., see the National Park Service. The blossoming plant, or sakura,… read more

Have Fun Being Green

Have Fun Being Green

Adopting a green way of life often has its challenges. At times it can be harder being responsible than just not thinking about consequences, and sometimes we forget that revelry is a necessary human component. It’s important to remember that there is a fun side to being socially responsible. Adults and kids alike can have some good, green fun with these ideas. Did you know you can make homemade marbled paper, stationary and cards using shaving cream and food coloring? Use biodegradable shaving cream or make your own organic formula. In addition to using it for the project, whip up some extra and store in… read more

Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is often pretty and shiny, but after the gifts are all open it is left ripped and forgotten. Aside from recycling it, there are actually many other ways to make use of it. For one, it is perfect for packing up ornaments that are fragile or made from glass. Also, it can be shredded for packing items, or used to fill gift baskets. Scraps can be saved up and used for crafting homemade cards, gift tags and stationary. Martha Stewart has 17 suggestions for reusing gift wrap. Ideas like wrapping household items for a decorative touch, using it for… read more

Veggie Stamp Art Fun

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We want kids to eat their vegetables and fruits, but sometimes they may not finish all of their servings. Stamp projects using leftover produce and paint are a fun way to use up table scrap waste. You may not feel as good as if they would have actually eaten their veggies, but perhaps won’t feel as bad as if they were just thrown out. The parts of produce that are not used for cooking can make great stamps. The ends of celery stalks, onions or cabbages for instance, can be dipped in paints to make flowers or other fascinating shapes. Fresh… read more

Recycling Lessons At Home

Recycling Lessons At Home

Fun family recycling projects can be done with many household items. While being creative you can also incorporate a lesson about the importance of reusing. Empty containers can be turned into a great array of objects. Kids can save milk jugs and plastic bottles of different shapes and sizes and turn them into birdfeeders. Adults can assist in cutting out an entryway with no sharp edges for feathery friends to enter. Kids can help insert or glue on a perch and decorate the bird home. Secure it to a favorite tree or post, fill with seed suited for native birds and… read more

DIY eco-friendly craft room project

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For families with children, or for those of you who are still children at heart, you’re probably constantly looking for new and exciting crafts and projects to tackle over the weekend. Here’s a neat video showing you how to organize your craft area, as well as giving you some new project ideas. Take a look:

These Projects Turn Pillowcases Into Fashion

These Projects Turn Pillowcases Into Fashion

Pillowcases can make the perfect fabric for many projects, including handmade clothing. Often more inexpensive than fabrics, it is also a neat way to utilize old pillowcases that aren’t being used. From girl’s dresses to grownup skirts and blouses, the following are inspiring ideas and patterns for pillowcase fashion designs. Make pajama shorts or lounge pants for kids, like these old-fashioned print pajamas. Not only do they look cute, but they are also comfortable and using a ribbon or a drawstring as the tie allows room for adjusting. This easy pillowcase dress tutorial also has a handy cutting and sizing chart for figuring out… read more

This Sustainable Glue is Made from Recycled Styrofoam

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One of the most recognizable shipping and packaging components, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is kind of a pain to deal with. Those big bulky white chunks of styrofoam that protect fragile items while they’re in the box are big and bulky, which means they take up a lot of space in the waste stream (up to 30% of US landfill space), and yet they’re light, which makes them easy to be picked up by the wind and deposited across the land and ocean, where they contribute to our plastic pollution problem. But one company has a great use for the material,… read more

The Universal Bookshelf

Bookshelf ideas

If you could own only one piece of furniture in your home – bed and appliances aside – you would do well to make that piece a bookshelf. Much more than a personal library, bookshelves can be customized several times throughout their lifespan to cater to nearly any storage or entertainment needs. All it takes is a little addition and subtraction, of shelves, curtains, hooks, or even doors. One day you may need a trophy display case, with shelves well parted to meet the clearance of your winning souvenirs. Another day you may decide you’d fancy the bottom a liquor cabinet. No problem. Just… read more

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Pumpkins are favorites for pies, decorating and carving into jack-o-lanterns, but beyond these there are quite a few other things to do with them, even with the excess inside portions. Check out the following easy ideas for using up pumpkin guts. Saving the seeds and preserving them are a way to ensure that you will be able to start your own pumpkin crop next season. Simply rinse until clean, dry them out completely so that they don’t mold and store in an airtight container in a dark place until it’s time to plant. The seeds are also a popular and… read more