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Free Tutorials For a Green Home

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Free Tutorials For a Green Home

Freebies and tutorials make my day. While the attraction may seem obvious, I’ll just elaborate: I love these online project tidbits, because they present the ingenuity of the DIY spirit in all its flying colors!

Tutorials are popping up all over the web. DIY tutorials are instructional lessons that lead the viewer through a series of step-by-step directions. Generally, a tutorial will include what materials are needed to make the project and the steps to make it from beginning to completion.

Going green at home doesn’t have to drain your bank account. With some recycling, repurposing and creative resourcefulness, it is easy to create useful and decorative green items for your home and save money. Here’s a room-by-room roundup of inspiring, free (or almost free), eco-friendly DIY projects for your EcoNest. Click on the project for the tutorial. I’ve included two projects for each room!


Compost Holder-
An easy and green DIY project that uses a two gallon bucket, a scrubbing pad and some glue.

Reusable Swiffer Pad-
The creator of this project sums up why she came up with this cleaning solution. “I contemplated tossing the dreaded Swiffer, because every time I looked at it, I felt more and more guilty about my purchase. But since I already felt guilty about throwing all those pads away, why would I throw the Swiffer away? It was then that I decided to make my own re-useable Swiffer pads…”

Dining Room

Dining Table Made From A Door-
This dining table is stunning and has endless possibilities. The creator used an old wood door and four IKEA table legs. This table could easily be made with just these two items, but to further the aesthetics of the table, the pictured table is lined with decorative paper and covered with tempered glass.

Hanging Glass Rack-
This is an easy project made from coat hangers.

Living Room

Art from paint chips-
This picture is a pixilated painting. It’s made by cutting paint chips (from a home improvement store) into two inch squares. The painting process is much like a paint-by-number mosaic. Green Genius!

Suitcase Table-
This is a quirky project that uses a few antique suitcases and table legs.


Pillows From Shirts-
Got some old plaid shirts? These cozy plaid pillows are easy to sew up.

Cardboard Furniture-
This is an adventurous project, and it obviously isn’t the best piece of furniture for a damp space. But, it’s an interesting concept, especially if you’ve got a huge refrigerator box hanging around.

Kid’s Room

Every day’s a party with a hanging piñata. Make one with your kids.

Photo Blocks-
I did this with a school class. Fun to make, fun to play with and a fun decorating idea.

Next: DIY Ideas for the Bathroom, Office, Den, Craft Room, and Laundry Room!

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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8:23AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thank you Ronnie, for Sharing this!

2:08AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

interesting thanks

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8:18AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

thanks !

4:24PM PDT on May 25, 2010


4:16PM PDT on May 25, 2010

Wonderful links! Thank you so much.

2:36AM PDT on May 19, 2010

wow. i never thought of it. it saves a lot of resources.

11:02AM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Great ideas! I love the bath mat!

11:06AM PST on Feb 22, 2010

Super! Love the re-usable swiffer pads idea!!!

1:41PM PST on Feb 14, 2010

You compiled some good ideas here!

Everyone should check out, they have some REALLY awesome DIY stuff there!!!!

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