Eco-craft by Susan Wasinger and Upcycling by Danny Seo are two of the many books full of fun projects to do in the comforts of your own home. Susan Wasinger is a graphic designer that partakes in the DIY section of Natural Home magazine where she presents stylish, eco-conscious tips for embellishing homes. Danny Seo was an interior designer that redecorated celebrity homes and a magazine editor that wrote monthly columns about, “creating the perfect Thanksgiving table settings using stuff you might have around the house.”
Both environmental-infused designers have put together these books and columns to bring a more modern kind of recycling to the table that are super stylish and pretty easy to make. They have ideas for recycling carpet samples to create a mix-match mini rug, chopsticks as counter-top pot holders, old, mismatched glass, or ceramic plates and cups to make a cool plate tier, or milk jugs to create lamp covers. These are just several of the numerous ideas given by these eco-designers.
Participating in eco- craft and upcycling is an artistic way to be an environmental steward. By doing simple things such as these craft recycling ideas, we have fun while improving our environment. Some neat, simple ideas that Susan Wasinger reveals in Eco-craft include using magazines and soda cans to make ornaments, plastic milk jugs to make beautiful semi-translucent shades, and fiberboard food containers to make canisters to keep the kitchen organized.
My latest project was jazzing up colorful Christmas lights using old glass bottles. I stuffed a few lights from a strain into green glass bottles that now hang on my fireplace. I used electrical tape to hold the bottles in place and now they are a nice addition to my living room.