Thursday, January 31, 2013

10 Best Eco Friendly Valentines Day DIY Crafts


Easy, Creative, Green Kids Ideas

The holiday of Valentine's Day has traditionally been dominated by a pink, white and red color scheme. But that doesn't mean the celebration can't involve lots of green, too, when it comes to using eco friendly and recycled materials to make beautiful things for loved ones. Get ready to sit back and read about the ten most creative, beautiful and unique Valentine craft projects ever this season.

Heart Birdseed Craft
Image by One Little Project

There are so many great free eco-friendly Valentine's Day craft ideas out there that you and your kids will enjoy including the fun and easy projects you see in this post. If you're like me, you may have trouble choosing which of these projects to make first.

Recycled Valentines Day Craft

Dimensional Fabric Heart Garland

Here's a fun project for you that will help use up all those odd fabric scraps you may have stashed in a closet. Just stiffen the fabric, assemble the hearts and string them into a garland for a lovely holiday decoration. Image and craft from How About Orange, DIRECTIONS

Eco Friendly Valentines Day DIY

Valentine Votive Candles

If you've got some clean empty glass jars and colored tissue paper from gift bags laying around, you can make these pretty opaque candle holders. Image and craft from Homemade Serenity, DIRECTIONS

Eco Friendly Recycled Valentines Day Craft

Wine Cork Heart Hotplate or Wall Hanging

Wine lovers like me have a huge collection of corks we've been saving. Here's something really special that will recycle those corks into a piece of art either for your table or your wall. Image and craft from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, DIRECTIONS

Recycled Valentine Card Basket

Here's a basket to collect this year's new cards your child receives that also uses last year's valentines to actually create the basket. All you need are some old cards, scissors, hole punch and yarn to lace cards together to make the basket pictured. Crafter Unknown

Eco Friendly Heart Valentines Day DIY

Heart Crayons

If you have kids I'm betting that you probably also have a huge surplus of crayons, both broken pieces and colors your children just don't seem interested in using. This project is your chance to turn those crayons into something new. Image and craft from Creative Mommas, DIRECTIONS

Eco Friendly Birdseed Heart DIY Craft

Birdseed Heart Treat

Using bird seed, flour, water and corn syrup you can easily make this lovely treat for those little feathered backyard bird friends. What a great way to give back to nature and to remember all creatures for Valentines Day. Shape into a heart and let dry or pour the mixedingredients onto a cookie sheet, allow it to partially set, then cut out with heart shaped cookie cutter. Image and craft by One Little Project

Eco Friendly Paper Heart Decor DIY

Valentine Heart Garland

Use colorful scraps of colored paper to make this heart garland to decorate your house or classroom for Valentine's Day. Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do with the help of a responsible adult. Image and Craft by Living a Frugal Lifestyle, DIRECTIONS

Eco Friendly Valentines Day Heart DIY Craft

Painted Twig Heart

This is so idea is eco-friendly and colorful you'll want to leave it up year-round. All you need to do is collect twigs that have fallen off the trees this winter and then paint them in your choice of a rainbow of colors. After the paint dries, start at the bottom with a short 1-inch long twig, then using gradually longer sticks, tie them together using string or wire. When you are nearing the top of the art, continuing following the photo to properly arrange and tie together the remaining sticks to form a heart. Crafter Unknown

Eco Friendly Fabric Envelope DIY Craft

Reuseable Fabric Valentine Envelope

Yet another way to use up those fabric scraps is this fabric envelope that you can either hand sew or machine stitch. Take it one step further and create a hand embroidered fabric valentine cut to fit inside the envelope. After stitching the message on the fabric card glue wrong side of fabric to a piece of  cardboard. What a one-of-a-kind valentine this is to make for your child's Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa or other special person in their lives. Image and craft from Joann Fabrics and Crafts, DIRECTIONS

Eco Friendly Recycled Newspaper Rose Bouquet DIY

Recycled Newspaper Rose Bouquet

What a great way to recycle the newspaper or a magazine. You can leave these flowers as is or paint them red or pink before assembling, adding glitter if you like. Use your imagination and follow the simple how-tos and see what kind of eco friendly bouquet you and your child can create together. Image and craft from PopSugar, DIRECTIONS

Enjoy making these crafts which certainly do add green to the color range for Valentine's Day in a very big way.

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