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New Year’s Recycled Gift Box Hats

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New Year’s Recycled Gift Box Hats

How do you ring in the New Year? Kathy Barlow of Home Workshop recently sent me a note with pictures of the stylish Recycled Gift Box Hats she crafts up for the big event.

When I started to dig into Kathy’s site, I found that not only is Home Workshop a curated site with style, it serves up a heaping helping of inspiring home design ideas with eye candy images, videos and profiles of creative artists and craftspeople. It also encourages collective crafting for worthy causes, gives a mindful and gentle nod to living a healthy, green life, and is chock full of DIY projects.

So, hat’s off to Home Workshop and without further adieu, let’s ring in the New Year with a guest post from Kathy Barlow:

“I grew up in a social family where holidays were a big deal and neighborhood parties frequent. Now that I’m the hostess, I try to focus on ways we can celebrate and also be kinder to the planet.

Here’s an uplifting New Year’s Eve fact: Did you know that now that the modern Time’s Square New Year’s Eve Ball is illuminated by 32,256 LEDs, and consumes only the same amount of energy per hour as it would take to operate two traditional home ovens? (I’m so glad I switched over to LED Christmas lights.) Learn more about the ball here.

We often host family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties – wild fun for kiddos and parents alike. For our 2011 celebration, my cousin Liane and I created sparkling New Year’s Hats by recycling gift boxes. You know, those old, tired holiday cardboard boxes that housed the striped shirt from Mom, or the fuzzy purple sweater from Aunt Sue. Sometimes these gift boxes are re-used numerous times and due for a new transformation. Here’s how we keep those boxes in the loop and keep them out of the cardboard recycling bin:

New Year’s Recycled Gift Box Hats
Note: From one shirt-sized box (top and bottom) you can craft four hats!


- An old shirt-sized gift box
(solid colored is best – ours was white)
- Home Workshop PDF Pattern
- Scissors
- Utility knife and cutting board (optional)
- Pencil and pen
- Stapler
- Ruler
- Non-toxic craft glue
- Paintbrush to apply glue
- A few colors of glitter
- Bobby pins

Next: Directions to make the New Years Gift Box Hat…

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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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5:39PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Cool idea!

7:48PM PST on Jan 23, 2011

I think I'll try this for 2012.

5:57AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

This is a cute idea. Thanks!

4:14AM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Cute ideas, I'll try to remember it for next year :-)

9:33PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Never would have thought of this. Thanks for sharing such a creative idea. These would also work well for those who celebrate three kings and/or mardi gras.

5:32PM PST on Jan 3, 2011

Very creative, thanx

1:04AM PST on Jan 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:34PM PST on Jan 1, 2011


9:32AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Cool idea, thanks!

6:57PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

Great idea thanks.

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