Today is Cyber Monday – the virtual equivalent of Black Friday. The term “Cyber Monday” made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org 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.
- Gift wrap with a homemade block print stamp by BIRCHseed
- Crocheted card holder by Blueberry Junkie
- Wrinkled rose by Magdamagda Design studio
- Upcycled sweater vases by Crafty Little Gnome
- Tshirt necklace by Stars for Streetlights
- Cathrineholm candleholders by How About Orange
- Wool sweater laptop bag by Not Dabbling in Normal
- Sweater pillows by Centsational Girl
- Pants bowl by Kanelstrand
- Upcycled winebottles by EcoKaren
- Fork Bracelet by Stars for Streetlights
- Vintage bookmarks by The Vintage Lemon
- Recycled tshirt memory quilt by EcoKaren
- Yarn bowl by Homework
- Mess-free beeswax candles by Crafty Little Gnome
- Felted soaps by Rhythm of the Home
- Recycled magazines jewelry by CraftStylish
- Tohoku tote by I am Momma hear me Roar
- Felt flower headband by Mama Says Sew
- Paper basket by Esprit Cabane
- Recycled denim coasters by My Recycled Bags
- Key fobs by Sew 4 Home
- Bird’s nest necklace by red Ted Art’s Blog
- Coffee cozies by Pickles
- Felted wool sweater bow ties by Dahlhart Lane
- Felted bracelets by Kanelstrand
- Elephant soft toy by Cutting Corners College
- Paper mache teacup by Ann Wood
- Clock makeover by Wonderful Joy Ahead
- 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?
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