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Give Recycled Cardboard A New Look

Give Recycled Cardboard And Paper A New Look

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 30 million tons of cardboard was generated from businesses in the U.S. in 2012. Of this amount, 91% was recycled that same year. Paper Recycles reported that there was a drop in the amount of recycled corrugated cardboard in 2013, seeing only 88.5% recovered in the U.S. last year. The EPA stated that corrugated cardboard is among the easiest material to recycle. Steve Wintercroft of Wintercroft Masks has come up with a fun way to reuse cardboard. He has designed a collection of do it yourself, printable masks that are intended… read more

4 Clever, Last-Minute Costumes for Halloween


With Halloween only a couple of days away, you may find yourself scrambling for costume ideas – and materials. Luckily, the web is a cesspool of ideas and, if you don’t want to draw directly from someone else’s ingenuity, is abundant with resources to make your own ideas achievable. The costumes below are not only crafty displays of the mind, but make good use of often disposed materials. Cereal Killer It is not a spoon that should make morning grains quake but you. This costume is best executed using mini-sized cereal boxes. Other boxes will work also, but you’ll want… read more

Jack O’ Lantern

Jack O' Lantern

The Fall. That stunning time of year when the colors change, the sweet smell of kettle corn tickles the air and everyone is busy with excitement. And yet we forget the stresses we put on the environment. One of the most seasonal characteristics is the pumpkin also known as the jack-o’-lantern. This iconic decoration marks the beginning of the Halloween celebrations with the many fun craft fairs, trick or treating, and parties! The creativity of many artists, young and old, displaying their work on their jack-o’-lanterns is a visual treat in comuunities across the country. But what happens when Halloween passes.  Will… read more

Create A Collected Space With A Vignette

Create A Collected Space With A Vignette

A vignette, or grouping of objects, is an ideal way to organize a space, display favorite items and it is also a frugal design trick. Reusing jars, containers and things from the home or garden and placing them in a vignette can liven up a table, shelf or corner of a room and create a functional display. Some recommend certain techniques for creating a vignette presentation. For instance, one suggestion is to place main items, or anchor pieces, in odd numbers to add to the effect. Also varying the height, creating depth and playing with color, texture and themes to fit… read more

Go Green with Halloween

Photography by Jenne Kopalek

Halloween is officially here with the ghoulish décor, sinister cider, and pumpkins galore. Have you picked your costume yet? Did you know that consumers spent over $2.5 billion on costumes last year? How do we keep Halloween green, save a few bucks, and create a pretty wicked Halloween costume. Here is a few ideas to get your haunt on. So let’s green that Halloween garb with a few spooky costumes. Here are a few of our favorite do-it-yourself costumes. Crash Test Dummy: Just a tad of lipstick and some black eyeliner and you can be everyone’s favorite crash test dummy…. read more

Reuse Halloween Decor

Reusable Halloween decorations

The time of year is here that we go spooky with witches, goblins, gravestones, and goo! Do not make mother earth boo you. Here are a few simple decorations you can reuse year to year. Gravestones:  Instead of those styrofoam stones you can find at every store try using wood. One large sheet of wood can make about four gravestones. Use wood fence stakes by drilling them to the back to insert your stones into the ground. Paint the stones with silver paint and black for writing. Every year they get more worn adding to the creepy effect. Caution Tape:… read more

Green Halloween

Green Halloween

With the holiday season kicking off we find Hallow’s eve vastly approaching. For all ages, Halloween is a time of intrigue and fun, but the fun should be had responsibly. During a holiday filled with disposable clothes and candy wrappers this may seem unlikely to do. At least without leaving a trail of trash behind. Alas, with some consideration and a pinch of magic, it can be done. To start, be resourceful when decorating. Pumpkins can make charming decorations, especially if you carve intricate faces into them, but why end there? After festivities end, use your pumpkins for other purposes… read more