Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
Bring some spring into your life. Sprinkle some wheat grass seeds in an old apothecary jar and watch them grow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Label your plants with this easy project. Using chalkboard paint you’ll never mix up which herbs are which.
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.
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.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try these herbal solutions.
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
Solar-powered jar lights are pretty but too pricey. You can easily make your own using easy-to-find items from the hardware store.
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try your hand at this DIY apron project made with recycled jeans.
Roast your own coffee beans and steam milk yourself to create a cheap and flavorful cup of coffee.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
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!
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Readers vote on whether making pasta, bread or butter sounds like the most fun, and which project seems easiest.
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
The best tips for natural pet-care from The Herb Companion's latest E-Book "Natural Pet Care."
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
Simple to make, this stone bath mat is a treat for your feet.
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.
Transform old luggage into fun, functional furniture with these four suitcase crafts.
Bored with your headboard? Freshen up your bedroom’s look with one of these DIY headboard ideas.
Need a new lamp? Make it, don’t buy it! Here’s how
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to grow and store garlic along with other cold climate information.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
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.
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
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.
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!
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.
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
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.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her tips for arranging silk flowers.
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.
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
Learn how to make soap from scratch using eco-friendly materials and herbs.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
Soothe and soften your feet with this DIY natural spa treatment.
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
Jessica shows off her heaboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
Guest blogger Tracy Herz contemplates the pros and cons of going forward with a green remodel of her vacation condo in Canaan Valley, West Virginia.
Follow a young greenie through the Hawaiian practice of malama ka `aina and create a craft that honors this way of life.
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
Protect yourself from cold winter winds with homemade sweater mittens, hats and blankets.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
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.
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey from the book The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook (Quarry Books, 2009) by Kim Flottum.
Someone in your family always says, “Work smarter, not harder,” and that’s true. Here are seven smarter - not harder - tips from the second part of my outdoor gardening’s easy-do’s- and don’ts.
Get inspired by these simple holiday crafts that use herbs. The Lemon Verbena Lady features her favorite DIY potpourri and spice wreaths, pomander and potpourri.
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
You don't have to spend a fortune and buy nasty chemicals to run your dishwasher. Whip up powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent in minutes--and don't forget to add essential oil. You'll get a dose of aromatherapy while your dishes get clean.
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
Upcycle old wine corks into fun yet functional items with these five wine cork crafts.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards offers a cookbook review of "D.I.Y. Delicious" by Vanessa Barrington.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
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.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
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.
Each flower means something different. Express your love for someone this Valentine's Day with one of our two meaningful potpourri mixes.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe.
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!
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
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.
Old mirrors are a dime a dozen at flea markets--but what can you do with them? Group several of different shapes together for a pretty, unique display.
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.
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
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.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
Making beeswax candles is a fun and easy project, perfect for the holiday season.
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a hydrangea bouquet.
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a zinnia bouquet.
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Learn how to preserve the fabulous scents from your garden in essential oils to make your own perfume. Enjoy your flowers all year with your personal bottled garden scent.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
Save time, money and backache with a few of these tips from the first leg of my series on outdoor gardening’s easy do's and don’ts.
In the final installment of my series "7 Tips for Everyday Outdoor Gardening", I help you explore some simple yet effective tips to grow and propagate healthy plants, scare away pests and learn which common plants may be hazardous to your health.
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
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.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
Use winter down time to learn a new hobby, such as cross stitch, crochet, knitting and crewelwork.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
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.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
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.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
I love skin care products that have multiple uses. Not only do they stretch your savings, but they offer skin care customization. This multipurpose skin care tea treats nearly all skin types and tastes delicious, too.
Find out the best oils to moisturize big, pregnant bellies.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Color your hair at home with Tints of Nature salon-grade permanent hair color, made with a natural soy base, which mitigates the damage and health risks typically associated with coloring hair.
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help your body easily absorb magnesium, helping to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles and detox your body.
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
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.
Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
This spring become more self-reliant by planting herbs in pots, building raised garden beds, creating a worm composting bin and making your own fence paint. These gardening tips for spring will have you anticipating sunny days.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.
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.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
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
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.