Earth Day is April 22, 2010. This post may be a tad bit early for Earth Day, but one can never be too early to do their part to save the earth. While it is fantastic to purchase items that are upcycled or recycled, it is even more self-gratifying to create things yourself out of the materials you would normally throw away or donate.
Today's finds are a collection of TUTORIALS (again!) I discovered on Etsy to inspire you to add a little green in your life. My search comprised of "recycle+tutorials" and "upcycle+tutorials". Check it here:
1: PDF Tutorial Creative Cowl from an Upcycled T-shirt by TheWonderCraft
Got t-shirts you can't fit anymore? Can't bring yourself to throw away special ones? Here's a new way to give them a second life.
2: PDF Tutorial Handmade Recycled Paper Plantable Gift Tag How-To by GreenPost
I mentioned GreenPost's recycled paper magnets a few Fab Finds ago -- and now she has a tutorial to make some recycled and plantable gift tags to make yourself. I am definitely buying one of these tutorials soon.
3: Fabric Scrap Flower by RebeccaSower
You or anyone you know sew? Then you would definitely have remnants lying around in your stash. You can create this cute embellishment with the remnants you have left over!
4: DIY Envelope Book PDF eBook by BurgundyDistrict
My used envelopes always go into the shredder; but this is a neat idea to recycle what you always get in the mail.
5: PDF EPattern Embossed Recycled Soda Can by RepeatingPatterns
Ingenious! Embossed recycled soda cans to embellish a frame. Nice!
6: Recycled Kids Clothing Tutorial Patch Pants by VictoriaVelting
I've got 3 runtniks who outgrow clothes every few months or so. That's why I have 4 boxes of old clothes from my eldest, organized by age to pass down to the baby as she grows. If the old ones are out of style, this tutorial would be a great way to update old looks!
7: Tabistry Basics StepbyStep Illustrated Tutorial by mieljolie
Still going along the soda can theme, check out the things you can make with the tabs from the tops of soda cans! This tutorial provides the basics to make your own recycled projects.
8: Tutorial Make Your Own Vinyl Record Cuff by bbennyandthejet
Got old vinyls? This is a terrific way to recycle old 45s into fun memorabilia.
I hope these tutorials inspire you to do your part in going green every day. Give a little good karma and visit these really cool shops today, okay? Happy Aloha Friday!