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5 More Makes to Help the Environment

There are countless ways to get crafty while helping the environment, from repurposing and reusing materials to upcycling items you’d typically throw out. In honour of Earth Day on April 22nd, we’ve rounded up five more of our favourite projects that help you cut back on plastics, care for the wildlife around your home and give old household objects a new life.

5 Makes for an Afternoon Tea Party

1. Beeswax Wraps

We’re all trying to reduce our impact on the planet these days, and cutting out single-use plastics is a great way to make a difference. Beeswax wraps are a fab stand-in for cling film – but forget shop-bought options, with Sarah Cawood’s tips you can make your own in no time! Click here for her easy step-by-step tutorial and to find out what supplies you’ll need.

2. Reusable Storage Lids

Who knew that a simple sewing project could transform your home’s eco-credentials? Becky Cole’s reusable lids make fantastic covers for open tins and bowls – plus they’ll give your kitchen a charming farmhouse feel! Make up a few different sizes so that you’re ready for anything, and once you’ve used one just throw it in the wash. Click here for the full steps.

3. Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder

Watching birds flit around the trees is a lovely way to relax in the spring, and it’s easy to transform your garden into an oasis for wildlife with this brilliant project. Cute and totally original, this handmade bird feeder is super simple to make. Just glue together an old teacup and saucer, add birdseed, and hang up your creation with lace or twine. For the full steps, click here.

4. Eco Gift Wrap

It’s all too easy to abandon your green principles when you find a roll of pretty wrapping paper or a gift bag that’s too cute not to buy. To fight off those urges, why not create your own handmade and reusable gift bags and wraps? These party favour bag projects are a great place to start, and they’re brilliant stash busters to boot! After you’ve whipped up a few gift bags, try making your own cloth gift wrap with this easy tutorial. Reusable and completely customisable – it’s a win-win in our book!

5. Mug Organiser

Upcycling is a great way to give a second life to old furniture or even tins, plastic pots and jars that you’d normally toss in the recycling bin. Instead of adding to the world’s landfill, upcycling allows you to create new-to-you décor for your home. There are countless projects out there, but we love this one because it’s so simple and versatile. You can fill yours with flowers or find a more practical use for it in the kitchen or your craft room. And if you don’t have any old mugs to use, try swapping in clean tin cans, jars or tea cups.