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Published on November 28th, 2011 | by Sonya Kanelstrand


30 Green Crafts on Cyber Monday

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Today is Cyber Monday – the virtual equivalent of Black Friday. The term “Cyber Monday” made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a press release according to which a vast percentage of online retailers said that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving the previous year. In 2010, consumers reportedly spent $1028M online on Cyber Monday, making it the highest spending day of 2010.

So, after a Friday of hectic shopping you are invited to spend what little is left of your money online. But in the spirit of Green Living Ideas, this year I decided to celebrate Buy Nothing Day instead of Black Friday. I believe that changing your habits is a refreshing experience that often brings totally new ideas to mind.

That is why, on Cyber Monday I will not present you with a list of great deals and online places to spend your hard-earned cash. Instead, I will give you a list of my favorite green DIYs to make with your family for your family. Let’s call it Buy Nothing Cyber Day, shall we? Turn to your loved ones, spend time with them and show them love. Material well-being is great but it cannot buy affection.

Our sister site, Crafting a Green World has awesome green crafting ideas. In addition, check out the following crafty tutorials that also have clear instructions and beautiful photos that will encourage you to reduce your spendings, recycle, upcycle and reuse. All of them can be achieved with materials you can find at home and will help you surprise everyone with unique green gifts that will show attitude and thoughtfulness.

  1. Gift wrap with a homemade block print stamp by BIRCHseed
  2. Crocheted card holder by Blueberry Junkie
  3. Wrinkled rose by Magdamagda Design studio
  4. Upcycled sweater vases by Crafty Little Gnome
  5. Tshirt necklace by Stars for Streetlights
  6. Cathrineholm candleholders by How About Orange
  7. Wool sweater laptop bag by Not Dabbling in Normal
  8. Sweater pillows by Centsational Girl
  9. Pants bowl by Kanelstrand
  10. Upcycled winebottles by EcoKaren
  11. Fork Bracelet by Stars for Streetlights
  12. Vintage bookmarks by The Vintage Lemon
  13. Recycled tshirt memory quilt by EcoKaren
  14. Yarn bowl by Homework
  15. Mess-free beeswax candles by Crafty Little Gnome
  16. Felted soaps by Rhythm of the Home
  17. Recycled magazines jewelry by CraftStylish
  18. Tohoku tote by I am Momma hear me Roar
  19. Felt flower headband by Mama Says Sew
  20. Paper basket by Esprit Cabane
  21. Recycled denim coasters by My Recycled Bags
  22. Key fobs by Sew 4 Home
  23. Bird’s nest necklace by red Ted Art’s Blog
  24. Coffee cozies by Pickles
  25. Felted wool sweater bow ties by Dahlhart Lane
  26. Felted bracelets by Kanelstrand
  27. Elephant soft toy by Cutting Corners College
  28. Paper mache teacup by Ann Wood
  29. Clock makeover by Wonderful Joy Ahead
  30. Felt brooch by Bugs and Fishes

If we aim to reduce our overconsumption in all spheres of life, then crafting is a wonderful and peaceful way to do so. What are you crafting this holiday season?

[Photo via Shutterstock]


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About the Author

Sonya is a photographer and a creative artist sharing her Scandinavian experiences. Her blog Kanelstrand Organic Living has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world. Sonya believes that people and nature can co-exist together in a healthy and inspiring union without harming each other. She implements the knowledge gained from studying Philology and Pedagogy in her approach to sustainable and eco-friendly living.

  • magdamagda

    Thanks so much for loving and recommending my tute! DIYs absolutely rock! Everyone loves a handmade gift – it’s so much more special!

  • magdamagda

    Thanks so much for loving and recommending my tute! DIYs absolutely rock! Everyone loves a handmade gift – it’s so much more special! I will have to check out this awesome links!

  • Stacie

    Wow! Thanks so much for including me! :D

  • Carla

    Great tutorials! I feel so honored you included my crocheted card holder.


  • Alyssa

    Thank you for the DIY tutorials, we always need more of those, especially for those who enjoy making things for family and friends! The felted soaps look like a great gift!

  • Alyssa

    Thank you for the DIY tutorials, always great for people who enjoy making gifts! The felted soaps look like great stocking stuffers!

  • Jill Q

    Wonderful tutorials … especially love the felted items and that beautiful wrinkled rose❣

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