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Every major holiday has its own unique way to celebrate: Christmas has gift-giving, Easter has egg hunts, and the Fourth of July encourages amateur pyrotechnics. I think that the best way to celebrate Earth Day is with a bunch of fun, easy and eco-friendly projects! With the holiday coming up next week, it’s the perfect time to start planning ahead. I did some digging on Pinterest, and found my favorite projects to give your day (and maybe the rest of your year) a little eco-boost.
Alternative Seed Starters
Why waste money on little pots to start seedlings when you’ll eventually be planting them in the ground? As it turns out, Mother Nature has hooked us up with some eco-friendly (and super affordable) alternative options. From eggshells to recycled newspaper, there’s a ton of ways to prep your sprouts for planting. If you use the eggshell method seen above, there’s a bonus: the shells can become composted into the soil that will feed your plants! That’s a pretty big Earth Day win.
Easy Reusable Snack Bags
While my sandwich-a-day habit ensures I’m currently a dedicated user of plastic bags, the cost and environmental concern of daily waste buildup is hard to ignore. That’s why I was excited to stumble upon this easy DIY for reusable sandwich bags! Only very basic sewing skills are required, and the possibilities for size and color customization are endless. Best of all, Velcro and oil cloth keep these cute little containers secure, easy to clean, and waterproof. Save the Earth, and keep on snacking.
Upcycled Bird Feeders
Make your yard the local bird go-to for good eats. I’ve come across a ton of creative ways to upcycle feeders, including glass bottles, plastic containers and even popsicle sticks, but many are made from very temporary materials. This feeder is a great way to upcycle chipped or unwanted tea sets, and can be as minimal or bold as you’d like, depending on the color of the set. They’re easy to refill and maintain, making this a great Earth Day craft for both the birds and your backyard appeal.
Plantable Planet Earth
This is one craft that both kids and adult can appreciate: it’s fun, cool looking, and very eco-friendly! These flat little globes are made from plantable paper, which is just scrap construction sheets soaked with seeds. They’re grown following the same instructions on the seed packet, making this a fun twist on traditional gardening. It’s a great way to show kids how we benefit from the Earth-a good lesson year round!
Transforming Plastic Bags
If you’re like me, or any other respectable consumer, you probably have a monstrous stockpile of plastic shopping bags somewhere in your home. While they’re obviously good as free trash bags, there are many ways they can be upcycled. My favorite was this tutorial on how to turn plastic bags into water-tight bowls and cups. You just gently heat plastic bags over a container that mimics your desired shape (while using protective gloves and mask) and that’s it! You’ve reused some plastic into functional and very modern-looking kitchen or garden accessories.
T-Shirts into Totes
So now that you’ve upcycled your flimsy plastic bags into kitchenware, it’s time to make sturdy reusable shopping bags from unwanted clothes! All it takes are a few cuts, some basic sewing skills, and you’ve made a customized and eco-friendly shopping partner. For produce bags, you just add some slits in the sides with scissors. These would also make great totes for kids’ gym clothes, toys, or anything that needs to be transported. Forget paper or plastic, now you can completely customize your own cotton carry-all.
Are you ready to get crafty for Earth Day? If you have any favorite projects you think we should know about, share them in the comments!