Calling all Do-It-Yourselfers, this post’s for you. Whether it’s a massive project like a home remodel or making candles for your holiday table, Green DIYers reduce their eco-footprint daily by making conscious choices to create rather than buy.
I used to believe that you either had it or you didn’t–the DIY gene. Well, I’ll let you in on a secret, DIY can be learned and it can be greened. So don’t worry if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body. DIY is all about having fun and enjoying the process of learning by doing. Because you are creating it yourself, the product and the process is all yours.
• To minimize cost.
• To personalize and customize projects.
• To create one-of-a-kind items.
• To make gifts that show you care.
• To be challenged to figure out how things work.
• To learn a new skill and keep your mind engaged.
• To enjoy a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of creating something useful and beautiful.
• To share something meaningful to you.
• To reduce your environmental footprint.
• To have fun.
Even if you don’t mine the home, design, craft and eco Web sites, magazines and books like I do, storing your ideas and documenting your projects is easy when you create a DIY Design File. One of my favorite websites for DIY ideas Design Sponge shows you how to make eco-friendly notebooks, using beautiful recycled paper, that would be perfect for your unique DIY file.
What goes into your DIY file?
• Inspiration layouts for decorating.
• Pictures from sources, before and after pictures.
• Pieces of materials (paper, yarn, thread, buttons, fringe, etc.).
• Photographs of your process and finished creations.
• Notes, doodles, clippings or whatever strikes your fancy.
And if you don’t want or have time to create a physical file, Domino magazine has an online program that lets you try out ideas for your nest.
The winter holidays are the perfect time to create magic for your EcoNest. I’ll provide you with a weekly dose of DIY, and I would love to hear how you DIY. Hey, we could start a DIY Care2 Movement!