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A Simple Recycled Christmas Craft Idea

recycled Christmas crafts
recycled Christmas crafts

Looking to make a recycled Christmas craft for a great homemade present idea? Read on!

I am always so busy at Christmas time. Between the rush to finish up projects at work, so that they’re not hanging over my head on my return to work in the New Year. And all the things that come along with having kids – ALL the parties, and events. And all the stressful Christmas preparation. In short, Christmas is a whirlwind.

I may have been really busy lately, but I did manage to fit in the one whole minute it takes to make this DIY snowglobe. It’s made from recycled materials, and makes for a fantastic recycled Christmas crafts ideas. Let me show you how to make it.

Recycled Christmas Craft Idea

As well as coming together really quickly, the good thing is all the items you need are things you probably have lying around the house.

You will need

  • A clean and dry jar and lid
  • Some salt. I used a mix of sea salt and table salt.  Sugar would also do the trick.
  • Some blue-tac
  • A Christmas decoration. I used an old tree decoration and I recycled a tree from a previous year’s Christmas cake. Hoarding for the crafting win!
recycled christmas craft

Method

To make your recycled Christmas craft, take your empty jar, and affix your decorations to the bottom of the jar using the blue-tac.

Next, add a few spoonfuls of your salt (or sugar).

Pop the lid on.

And there you have it: a DIY snowglobe that’s perfect for a last-minute (quite literally!) gift or decoration.  I plan on making a few more before Christmas to arrange in clusters on my mantlepiece, to create a snowy Christmas wonderland!

Show me your photos on Twitter or Facebook if you make your own!  And do share with readers any recycled Christmas crafts ideas you have or have made in the comments below – we’d love to see! And do also check out my zero-waste Christmas decorations to craft for more recycled Christmas inspiration.

ps: do check out my guide to eco-friendly Christmas trees if you have decorating on your mind!

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Five No-Sew Clothing DIYs

sewing and upcycling

Looking for some easy no-sew ways to upcycling your old clothes? Good news – I’ve got five clever ideas for you today!

clothes

I like crafting as much as the next person. However, I’m the first to admit that my sewing machine skills and needlework leave a lot to be desired!  I shared some of my top DIYs for repurposing old clothes a little while ago. Some of these involved sewing, so since then I’ve been on the hunt for some relatively straightforward no-sew clothing diys to upcycle my old clothes.

Five No-Sew Clothing DIYs

In my search, I’ve found quite a few great no-sew ideas. I thought I’d therefore share my five favourites with you in case there are any other crafting novices reading along:

No-Sew DIY Elbow Patches 

no sew elbow patch clothing diy

These no-sew elbow patches from the ladies at Honestly WTF are brilliant. Such a great way for a crafting novice to add an individual touch to their clothing, don’t you think? I also think it would be a clever way to mend an elbow hole.

They cleverly use cookie cutters to get the perfect shape:

no sew ladies clothing diy

As well as hearts, you could use any cookie cutter shape – from classic ovals to stars and anything else that catches your fancy.

It would be a great way to cover up any holes on your favourite cardigan or jumper and to personalise baby tops and vests for a special gift.  I’m thinking dinosaur cookie cutters for this!  

A DIY T-shirt Pocket

no sew pocket tshirt diy

This cute no-sew pocket DIY from Oh The Lovely Things is a great way to bring new life into an old or plain top or to cover up a stain or hole.  I plan on doing this very soon on a stained top that I couldn’t get the stain out of (not even with my best natural stain remover techniques), so that I can save it from landfill.

Scalloped Shorts

diy no sew scalloped shorts

This DIY for no-sew scalloped shorts from Making Nice In The Midwest is a great and easy way to upcycle some trousers or shorts or upcycle trousers that have irreparable tears in the knees.  Although it looks complicated to me, to get the perfect scallops it turns out that all you need is a lid from a jar!

best no-sew clothing diys

Genius!

Paint With Bleach

bleach painting easy clothing no-sew diy

I love this no-sew dea of painting a top with bleach from the crafty lot at A Beautiful Mess.  So striking, yet so simple!  This is such a great way to upcycle a plain top or to disguise a bleach stain on a dark item of clothing.

DIY No Sew Stud Buttons

no-sew diy shirt button tutorial

Finally, this is one of the easiest DIYs ever, from Collective Gen.  All you need is a shirt and some studs and you’re good to go.  It’s a great way to liven up a plain shirt, and also when you’ve annoyingly lost a button and can’t find one to match the others. Just cover them up with studs!

Will you be trying any of these out?  Or found any other good clothing DIYs?  Do share in the comments below!

ps: if you enjoyed this post I’ve put together five more no-sew clothing DIYs for you!