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6/24/2011
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
7/8/2011
Give your bathroom a little flair—and have fun doing it—by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone—whether you're a DIYer or not.
4/15/2011
Reed diffusers are a great way to fill your home with the fresh, healing scents of essential oils—but they're pricey. You can save a bundle by making your own using repurposed bottles and plant stalks.
5/13/2011
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
5/11/2011
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
8/15/2011
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
3/18/2011
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
3/25/2011
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
6/10/2011
Reuse those baby food jars and create a beautiful chandelier! Make this rustic, elegant candleholder or stop before power tools are required to make pretty votives, perfect for patio dining.
4/1/2011
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof—but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
4/8/2011
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
7/27/2010
Brighten up your bathroom with lively organic cotton shower curtains from Amy Butler, VivaTerra and West Elm. Say goodbye to plain white curtains!
3/13/2009
Of our daily water use, 75 percent is consumed in the bathroom. Changing our habits can cut back on our use. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence advises on how to save water and energy in the bathroom.
10/1/2009
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
4/29/2011
Two students have created an inspirational blog that features one upcycling project—something made from discarded materials—each day. They've committed to keeping it going for 30 days, but with your help it could go forever.
6/1/2009
Save money and stay chic with these recessionista style tips from Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Robyn shows you how to creatively reuse old shirts to dress up a bottle of wine and how to save money by having clothing swap parties.
2/18/2011
Simple to make, this stone bath mat is a treat for your feet.
7/1/2011
Use an old aluminum can and branch trimmings to make a rustic and beautiful vase. This simple project using humble materials costs nearly nothing and looks like a million bucks.
6/17/2011
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
6/3/2010
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
9/2/2009
Label your plants with this easy project. Using chalkboard paint you’ll never mix up which herbs are which.
7/15/2011
Connect together inexpensive mending plates to make these top-shelf candleholders—perfect for patio and porch dining. This simple project takes minutes and costs next to nothing.
12/29/2011
Protect yourself from cold winter winds with homemade sweater mittens, hats and blankets.
4/29/2011
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap—and surprisingly elegant.
5/27/2011
Cut old milk jugs into the shape of your choice, rough them up with sandpaper and string them together to make surprisingly pretty window shades that offer privacy while letting the sun shine in.
2/25/2011
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
2/22/2011
When Joan King Salwen is invited to speak with Bill and Melinda Gates about The Power of Half, she learns how valuable homemade gifts can be.
3/11/2011
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
3/21/2014
Try your hand at this DIY apron project made with recycled jeans.
3/30/2011
Bring some spring into your life. Sprinkle some wheat grass seeds in an old apothecary jar and watch them grow.
11/3/2008
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace perfects the art of the 5-minute shower.
1/10/2011
Follow these tips to banish clutter and increase your efficiency, from your home office to your garage.
4/14/2011
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
4/26/2011
Don't have the budget for a hot tub? Check out how these homeowners saves money and space by planting vintage clawfoot tubs in their gardens.
2/17/2012
Transform old luggage into fun, functional furniture with these four suitcase crafts.
2/1/2010
The Fair Tracing Project’s digital tracking technology supports fair trade by providing a stream of information to consumers.
3/4/2011
Clearing out life's detritus is an important first step when spring cleaning. Follow these tips to make clutter-free, organized living possible.
4/11/2012
Bored with your headboard? Freshen up your bedroom’s look with one of these DIY headboard ideas.
5/6/2011
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
2/9/2011
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
11/22/2010
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
2/24/2011
Whether you don't have the space for outdoor composting or you just want to get to work on your gardening preparations as soon as possible, this indoor composting method is a simple way to start.
2/19/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her tips for arranging silk flowers.
2/12/2012
Silk flowers are one way to get the pop of color with flowers and not have the plants die on you. Here's how to incorporate silk flower arrangements into your house.
2/28/2011
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
5/24/2011
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
10/9/2009
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
10/28/2008
Follow a young greenie through the Hawaiian practice of malama ka `aina and create a craft that honors this way of life.
7/7/2011
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
10/19/2011
Don’t toss out those old incandescent bulbs! Squeeze a little more life out of an old light bulb by turning it into a mini terrarium or tiny vase.
9/14/2009
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
4/5/2011
Use old jars to make these cute, inexpensive candle lanterns—for a fraction of what you'd pay if you bought them at the store.
1/21/2014
Get inspired with these fun and unique apartment gardening ideas.
2/19/2014
Have you ever wondered about the difficulties of starting a compost bin? Check out our recommendations and suggestions for composting as well as its benefits for your garden.
3/12/2012
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
1/6/2009
Jessica shows off her heaboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
2/23/2011
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
4/21/2011
Solar-powered jar lights are pretty but too pricey. You can easily make your own using easy-to-find items from the hardware store.
1/18/2011
The White Hawk Project aims to save an endangered stretch of primary virgin rainforest on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
12/22/2011
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
3/14/2012
Container water gardens are easy to design and maintain, making them a perfect low-cost accessory to your outdoor living spaces. Learn how to make a container water garden!
5/5/2011
You could spend a fortune on flowers from faraway for Mom—but why? This sweet bouquet made from fresh-picked flowers and flea market finds is cuter than anything FTD could deliver. This one's great for weddings and graduation parties, too.
3/4/2011
Celebrate a technology-free Sabbath with a jug of organic wine, a loaf of homemade bread and handmade candles. Could you go 24 hours without your smartphone?
9/16/2010
Canadian car manufacturers have developed an electric vehicle with a body made from hemp fiber.
5/20/2011
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
1/26/2012
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
6/26/2012
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
11/29/2011
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
6/6/2012
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
2/9/2011
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
7/19/2012
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
1/28/2011
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity. 
4/21/2011
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
3/29/2011
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
1/10/2011
Look at your closet, and your shopping, in a whole new way. Repurpose items you already have, making a dress out of a shirt or a handbag out of men’s ties.
3/29/2012
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
9/7/2011
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
12/8/2011
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
8/3/2011
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
4/27/2011
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
7/15/2011
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
12/21/2011
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
6/23/2011
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
12/12/2011
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
5/12/2011
Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.
7/17/2013
Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.
12/26/2013
Use winter down time to learn a new hobby, such as cross stitch, crochet, knitting and crewelwork.
2/2/2011
The ground hog may be signaling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
4/27/2012
Although most of us would love a lush landscape or garden, in reality, few of us have the time, space or other resources available to maintain one. Whether you’re short on space or short on time, these small space garden
11/1/2011
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
10/13/2011
In celebration of National Non-GMO Month, Nature’s Way releases an infographic to help explain the basics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
3/29/2012
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
7/28/2009
Watch for beneficial ladybugs the next time you rid your garden of tansy.  The Lemon Verbena Lady shares pictures and a short story about tansy, russian sage and ladybugs in her herb garden.
10/28/2011
Chemicals in conventional hair dye can cause allergic reactions and asthma, and have even been linked to cancer. Keep your beauty regime healthy; naturally dye your hair!
6/14/2011
When the dining table is laden down with mail, laptops and other clutter, the entire house feels messy. Follow these seven steps to keep your dining table free of detritus. (Set it for dinner right after breakfast, if you have to.)
3/8/2011
Experts say that that bathroom and kitchen remodels--once a sure-fire way to move a home for sale--aren't necessarily the ticket anymore. Creating a house that feels homey and welcoming is most important.
12/3/2008
Jessica talks about giving thanks and the Hanna's Lunchbox program, in which a family is donating half the value of their home to starving people in Africa.
5/25/2011
The Reincarnated McMansion Project aims to tear down one inefficient, climate-insensitive suburban house and replace it with two small, green, handcrafted homes.
11/15/2011
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
12/7/2011
Making beeswax candles is a fun and easy project, perfect for the holiday season.
5/24/2013
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a hydrangea bouquet.
5/21/2013
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a zinnia bouquet.
12/24/2009
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
1/10/2012
Revive a feeling of ritual at your dinner table by summoning the family with a dinner gong made of reclaimed materials.
4/19/2012
Decorating with materials that would otherwise be considered junk can bring pops of life and color to your home’s style. Check out these bottle cap crafts for a fun way to decorate with junk!
11/13/2009
Find out who won Project Green Search’s eco-modeling competition.
8/6/2009
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
11/9/2010
This weekend project is perfect for the herb gardener with limited space. It gives more surface area for the herbs to spill from, a lot more soil to hold nutrients and water, and root room for all the extra herbs.
5/10/2011
Win sunflower seeds, attract pollinators and help bee populations in your area.
2/14/2011
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
11/8/2010
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them. 
5/24/2011
Starting seeds indoors is economical, fun, and easy to do for most anyone. Gardening under lights can be as simple or complex, inexpensive or expensive as you desire. Starts can then be planted outdoors in easily accessed containers or raised beds.
6/26/2012
Upcycle old wine corks into fun yet functional items with these five wine cork crafts.
1/4/2011
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
2/14/2011
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
11/30/2010
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
12/17/2012
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
7/9/2009
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.


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