Growing up, my mom always made our Halloween costumes. As a child, I never remember going to a party store to search for costumes that everyone else would have. We never spent money on purchasing costumes – my memories are of her putting thought and love into our costumes. And I remember how excited I would get when I saw the finished product.
Each October, all of the kids in our neighborhood would begin to think long and hard about what we wanted to be for Halloween. It was a big deal. We all chose costumes that were personal and unique to us. Some kids dressed up in traditional costumes such as ghosts and witches, while other kids dressed up as tables using old cardboard boxes. Costumes like these were simple, but yet completely our own.
As a parent, I really love the idea of simplifying. Saving money or not spending anything at all, while recycling and reusing what we already have, is an easy and inexpensive way to go when it comes to Halloween costumes. Choosing not to purchase store bought plastics and synthetic costumes gives us a chance to create a truly personal costume for our children that no one else will have. Store-bought costumes usually cannot be recycled effectively, and they take up space in landfills. We all can do our part to be a little more environmentally responsible this Halloween. Encourage your children to get involved with helping to make their costumes with you and use this quality time together to teach them the importance of caring for their environment.
With that in mind, check out these 10 eco-friendly DIY Halloween costume ideas that are relatively simple to create.
1) Get creative and use what you already have. You can always find great Halloween costumes by searching through your kids’ dress up bins. We have firefighter hats from school trips to the fire station, tiaras and princess dresses, wands, doctor kits, fairy wings, and jewelry that can all be used to create a one of a kind costume. Eye patches can be used for a pirate costume, and magic cards and magic tricks can be used for a magician. The possibilities are endless and you are staying green by not having to throw away any of these items.
DIY Terrariums! (via DIY Thursday: 8 Fall Interior Decor Tutorials | Redesign Revolution)
So yeah - this idea for a DIY terrarium is kinda fantastic. They add colors to your home, make the air more breathable by removing CO2, and can be constructed in most any size of glass jar (as I’m personally partial to a good Mason jar). Moreover, it should be rather simple to vary the plants being grown according to season.
Three divine DIY planter ideas <3 Which one is your favourite?
I’m a sucker for a great DIY planter - there are so many different containers you can creatively re-purpose to serve as a home for pretty flowers.
Attention crafty people who love DIY activities mixed with a strong portion of upcycling goodness! The creative folks over at Buzzfeed DIY have collected a fantastic list of 31 different things that you can make out of cereal boxes.
Some are definitely kid-friendly activities that can keep your family engaged and having fun together on a rainy day or extra-hot summer day. Others require the sort of skill and finesse that mere mortals like myself can only envision in my wildest crafting dreams.
Check out our favorites:
Courtesy of babble.com, this flashlight idea is fantastic.
Creme de la Craft gives us the idea for cool mini notebooks.
At Whimsy Love, you and your kids can learn how to make seed planters for your window or backyard.
Amy J. Delightful shows us how to make photo frame mats with relative ease.
From Cut Out and Keep, you can learn how to make puzzles.
All images courtesy of Buzzfeed.
DIY Pallet Folding Desk
This is one of the niftier upcycled desks I’ve ever seen. Can someone make one of these for me and bring it to my home?
We’ve covered plenty of pedal-powered devices before, but here’s how to make your own bike-powered generator in your home.
Once I have the time. And skill.
For the extra-ambitious among you, here are directions for building a generator for your home that’s powered by someone riding a bicycle.
If any of you make this work, please let us know, as we’re interested in the results and efficacy.
The merits of compost at Vauxhall City Farm
Before there were infographics, there were awesome hand-painted signs like this one helping you understand the benefits of composting.
So, in Part 1 of this series, we discussed the best time to start your garden, while in Part 2, we provided a brief introduction on container gardens and indoor gardening, but let’s get back to the basics a bit and start with the humble seed!
You might have many reasons to want to start your garden from seeds. Perhaps you can’t find the type of plant you wanted at your local greenhouse. Maybe a friend gifted you some seeds from their amazing pepper plants from last season. Or you’d just like to go all-out and try your hand at growing your home garden from scratch.
Growing a garden from seeds a little harder than you think, and unless you’re a seasoned gardener, you can’t really go outside and scatter seeds around like Johnny Appleseed and expect a lush garden in a few months. There’s a bit of time and care involved in coaxing a seed from germination and into thriving. I’ll go over what did and did not work for me when I recently attempted to grow a few pepper plants from seeds.