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We all know that crafters are the best of the best, from creating things for charity and gifting little makes to those who need a pick-me-up, to upcycling and reusing bits and bobs to help reduce waste. So here are some clever ideas for crafts that help improve the environment
Hedgehogs are sadly declining in Britain, and with winter on its way, they’re especially vulnerable right now. However, you can help out by crafting a little hedgehog home for them in the garden. They don’t need much, just somewhere safe and cosy to hibernate in, so it’s simple to build a home from some planks of wood, and then you can get creative with decorations and ‘hedgehog welcome’ signs – make sure to get the kids involved in this fun activity.
Wildflowers are great at supporting the native pollinators – for instance, bees love ox-eye daisies, ragged robin, corncockles, corn marigold, bellflower, betony, hemp agrimony, viper’s bugloss, common knapweed and bugle, and each offers a fun splash of colour to your garden. Plus, you can get creative with the plant pots or garden layout – just check out the watermelon patterned pots here!
Plastic waste is one of the worst things when it comes to damaging the environment, so reusable shopping and fruit bags are a wonderful idea. These clever crafts by Becky Cole are washable, easy to make and great at using up any pretty fabric scraps you have lying around. Have a go yourself – you’ll never want to go shopping without them again.
Furoshiki wrapping is literally reusable fabric gift wrapping, tied with a pretty bow at the top. With Christmas slowly approaching, why not ditch the wasteful wrapping paper for something pretty that can be used again and again? It only uses squares of fabric, so you can easily make plenty for all of your gift recipients, using a cute fabric like Six Penny Memories Moda Sweet Christmas Fabric (485219) – they’re bound to love the uniqueness.
While corks are completely biodegradable, it never hurts to cut down on waste. Plus, a bulletin board completely made up of wine corks is a surprisingly charming rustic addition to the home. It can take a while to fill an entire board and you certainly shouldn’t increase your intake just to finish it, so why not ask friends and family to collect their own corks for it too? Then, attach them all with a strong glue.