Monday, October 5, 2009
A Very Green Christmas!
The year I learned to knit, all of my friends and family members got scarves for Christmas. I have recently learned a wonderful green knitting trick, too, and I can't wait to put it into practice! Instead of buying new yarn, unravel an old sweater to make it into something new and useful, using your knitting or crocheting skills. Here is a great tutorial on unraveling a sweater. Can't crochet or knit? Last year I made a pair of cute little mittens for a friend, by cutting the pieces out of a pretty thrift-store sweater and sewing them together. Instructables has great directions for this project. You don't have to be limited to mittens, either. Make a sweater bag, a sweater blanket, hat, or whatever strikes your fancy.
I have a girlfriend who I knew admired the mirrored dressers we had seen in a furniture store once. For her birthday one year, I made her something similar using an old nightstand (another thrift-store find) and six mirror tiles left over from another project. After painting the piece white, I used Liquid Nails® to glue two mirrors to each side of the nightstand, then broke up the remaining two mirrors and glued them on to the top and the drawer fronts, mosaic style. I gently sanded the sharp edges of the glass pieces, then filled in the gaps with pre-mixed white grout. The only things I purchased new for this project were the grout and the glue.
here to get started.
I've started a list of people to give gifts to and what I want to make for them, which really helps keep my projects on track. In the next couple of months I'll be making some more quilts like the one pictured above, mixing up some of my favorite beauty products to put in pretty jars, exploring my rudimentary jewelry-making skills, and making several trips to Home Depot® for building supplies.
If you have questions about any of my projects or have green gift-giving ideas of your own, please share them in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!