Did you know that March is National Craft Month? There are many crafty projects out there, but as stewards of the environment, there are fewer projects that are sustainable crafts. Instead of creating projects that you’ll just throw out after displaying for a short time, try to go for some projects that will not only get your creative juices flowing, but also make a positive impact on the planet!
This is part 2 of my previous “Eco-friendly” art projects. You can find more eco-friendly art projects, and even info about how to incorporate Zero-waste techniques and materials into your projects below!
Cotton rounds and cotton balls are not biodegradable, and they actually contain a good amount of pesticides and toxins. If you wear makeup or nail polish often, you may hate to use up so much cotton products to remove it. Fortunately, this craft has you creating your own rounds from upcycled fabrics.
Painting is always fun, but sometimes the paints we use aren’t the best for the environment. While we try to keep paints on our canvases or paper and out of the natural world, we still wind up creating bits of waste as we wash our brushes and the paint runs into the drain. Commercially made paints are often comprised of a pigment and the suspension that adheres the pigment to the medium. Usually, these are synthetic instead of natural. By creating our own plant-based pigments, we can create more sustainable paints (provided we harvest our plant matter properly – read more HERE).
Instead of purchasing a wreath made out of plastic vines and flowers, create your own natural one! While you do need a willow tree or vining plant to prune for this project, it is a great activity! If you use willow (I love using my Curly Willow for this), pruning can promote growth. If you use other vining plants, try to use Oriental Bittersweet or Japanese Honeysuckle vines as you remove the invasive species from your community (just don’t spread the seeds and remove the entire plant instead of just pruning these invasive species!) Prune off the long, thin young growth and twist them all together into a circle to form the wreath base. Then decorate with flowers, pine cones, or other materials!
Help prevent birds from running into your windows by creating window clings! The clings help to break up the reflection that the bird sees and will deter them from thinking they can fly through or that their reflection is a competing bird while being much prettier than random strands of tin-foil, mesh coverings, or window blinds.
The Art of Ecology builds visual connections between people and the natural world we’re a part of by blending the arts and environmental sciences. While we always have so much fun during the programs designed to get your creative juices flowing while also teaching you about the marvelous ecosystems around us, you may not be local or not have a schedule that lines up with when the programs are scheduled. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out though! The Art of Ecology offers a handful of programs as “Workshops in a Box”. Each box contains the materials and instructions needed to create your project and is delivered straight to you! A portion of the proceeds is donated back to wildlife conservation & habitat preservation efforts.