43 sustainable crafts

diy wooden chandelier

We’re all about living that eco-friendly life here at Mollie, which is why sustainable crafts are our favourite weekend projects. Not only do they help you create practical projects that use up your stash, but you can craft guilt-free knowing you’re not doing any harm to the world around you. We’ve gathered 43 sustainable crafts which cover everything from DIY cotton pads to milk cartons lanterns, and crochet shopping bags to woollen dryer balls.

Just click on the title of each project to be taken to the tutorial. Happy crafting!

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43 sustainable crafts

1. DIY denim patchwork quilt

Use up all your old denim to create Maura Grace Ambrose of Folk Fibers patchwork quilt. It makes for a great picnic blanket too.

2. Shrink plastic flower earrings

shrink flower earrings sustainable crafts

Photo credit: www.silhouette101.com

Sihouette101 uses old plastic to make gorgeous floral plastic earrings – just think of all the different colour opportunities.

3. Reusable paper towels

reusable paper towels sustainable craft

Photo credit: abeautifulmess.com

Kitchen towel is super unsustainable, so luckily A Beautiful Mess shows you how to make your own washable towels. Practical kitchen sustainable crafts are the one.

4. Shower curtain bean bag

106 beanbag project

Anna Alicia’s tropical bean bag tutorial is made from an old shower curtain. Garden sustainable crafts have to be waterproof, especially if you live in the UK like us.

5. Newspaper weave baskets 

newspaper basket sustainable craft

Photo credit: www.indulgy.com

Weave away with Indulgy’s newspaper basket tutorial.

6. Snack packs

DIY snack packs sustainable crafts

Photo credit: classyclutter.net

Keep your snacks safe and sustainable with Classy Clutter’s snack packs. Tinfoil and cling film is really bad for the planet!

7. Crochet makeup remover pads

Crochet makeup remover pads are a beauty essential. Lyndsey Haskell’s tutorial is the sustainable craft you’ve always needed.

8. Upcycled summer lanterns

upcycled summer laterns

Photo credit: handmadecharlotte.com

Who knew egg carton lanterns could be so funky? Handmade Charlotte’s tutorial is really simple and these lanterns would make a great addition to the garden.

9. Rope placemats and coasters 

rope placemats sustainable craft

Photo credit: taradennis.com

We all seem to have some spare rope lying around in the shed right? Tara Dennis’ rope placemats with cardboard backing are a super quick sustainable craft.

10. Straw bag

straw bag sustainable craft

Photo credit: consciousbychloe.com

Conscious by Chloe shows you how to turn old placemats into a summer staple bag.

11. T-shirt yarn

How to make tshirt yarn - molliemakes.com

T-shirt yarn is really versatile and can be used for loads of projects like macramé. Learn how to make it in One Social Girl’s tutorial.

12. Eco-friendly mobile

sustainable craft summer mobile

Photo credit: monsterscircus.com

Head to the beach and use your found treasures to make a Monster Circus’ beautiful mobile.

13. Scrap yarn bookmarks

Scrap yarn bookmarks sustainable crafts

We always end up with so many spare embroidery threads which are too short to make a project with! Lucy Rowan’s scrap yarn bookmarks from issue 103 are the perfect way to use them up. Pick up a copy of the mag here or get the digital version for the pattern.

14. Tea dyed garland

tea dyed paper flower garland

Photo credit: The House That Lars Built

Swap the paint for old used tea bags for The House That Lars Built’s vintage garland.

15. Crochet market shopper

Plastic bags are a thing of the past, crochet yourself up a supermarket shopper instead to be the ultimate sustainable craft queen.

16. DIY weaving branches

DIY weaving branches sustainable crafts

Photo credit: Free People

Weaving in between pieces of driftwood makes for fab home décor items as Free People’s blog post shows.

17. Visible mending

embroidery sustainable craft

Don’t throw away old clothes, just embroider over them or patch them up instead using Lana Red’s tutorial!

18. Concrete planters

Concrete planters sustainable crafts

Photo credit: papernstitchblog.com

Use old shampoo bottles as the moulds to make Paper n Stitches mini planters. A plant lover essential.

19. Plastic garden wreath

DIY garden projects plastic wreath

Use those plastic cartons and bags to make Christine Leech’s beautiful garden wreath. Best bit? It’ll never go mouldy.

20. Recycled card garlands

recycled card garlands

Photo credit: minted.com

This sustainable craft is one for the holidays. Use Minted’s tutorial to turn old cards into party or festive garlands.

21. Knitted dishcloths

Use our tutorial to knit up a bunch of reusable dishcloths and ditch those dreaded sponge scrubbers.

22. Broken ceramic chopstick rest

broken ceramic chopstick rests

Photo credit: thisiscolossal.com

This beautiful tutorial is by This is Colossal and uses broken ceramics found on the beach to create chopstick, knife and fork rests.

23. Scrap fabric hand warmers

hand warmer pack sustainable craft

Use up those spare pieces of material and leftover fat quarters to sew up a bunch of heat packs for winter.

24. Clay driftwood spoons

clay driftwood spoons sustainable craft

Photo credit: fallfordiy.com

Another sustainable beach craft DIY is Fall for DIY’s clay driftwood spoons.

25. Fabric purse and pincushion DIY

Mollie Makes pin cushion tutorial

Sarah Ashford‘s fabric purse and pincushion DIY can be made using scrap fabric or even from old clothes.

26. Plastic spoon candle holder

plastic spoon candle holder sustainable craft

Photo credit: momtastic.com

If you’ve got a bunch of plastic spoons left over from a summer BBQ, make Momtastic’s tea light holders and give them a new glowing lease of life.

27. DIY lunch bags

diy lunch bags sustainable crafts

Photo credit: makezine.com

We love Makezine’s watercolour cloth lunch bags. Sustainable crafts have never looked so funky.

28. Crochet fruit washcloths 

Issue 108 of Mollie includes the RookieHooker’s tutorial for these crochet fruit washcloths.

29. Scrap fabric twine



scrap fabric twine sustainable craft

Photo credit: mypoppet.com.au

My Poppet’s blog shows you how to make this colourful twine from old fabric and we think it makes for essential sustainable gift wrapping.

30. Natural fabric gift wrapping 

natural gift wrapping sustainable craft

And speaking of gift wrapping, Becki Clark’s tutorial shows you how to make your own naturally dyed wrapping cloths.

31. DIY dog toy

DIY dog toy sustainable craft

Photo credit: instructables.com

If you’ve got some denim leftover from your patchwork then use it up to make Instructables rope dog toys. They’re much better for the planet than buying more plastic.

32. Patchwork pillowcase

patchwork pillow case sustainable cushion

Photo credit: makeandcreatebooks.co.uk

Make and Create Books’ blog includes the tutorial for these gorgeous scrap fabric pillowcases.

33. Plastic woven cover case

Sustainable crafts can sometimes be tricky to make which is why we’ve provided a video for this one! Here’s how to make plastic bags into yarn which can be turned into a case.

34. Beeswax wrap

DIY beeswax wrap tutorial

Bye bye clingfilm, hello sustainable beeswax wrap, thanks to Steel and Stitch.

35. Lemon yellow water bottle 

lemon painted sustainable water bottle craft

We all know that water bottles are the way of the future but sometimes old ones can look a little dishevelled. Becki Clark shows you how to paint over yours and make it good as new in issue 103.

36. Popsicle soap dish

DIY popsicle soap dish sustainable craft

Photo credit: cutoutandkeep.com

Cut Out and Keep’s popsicle soap tray is by far the quickest sustainable craft in this blog post.

37. Scrap fabric baby bibs

scrap fabric baby bibs sustainable craft

Issue 109 of Mollie includes Kirsten Lomakin’s baby bib tutorial. Plastic baby bibs are out and these ones can be made using spare fabric and be chucked in the wash.

38. Crochet loofah

crochet loofah sustainable craft

Photo credit: mydiyandcrafts.com

Another sustainable crochet craft for you. My DIY and Crafts show you how to crochet your very own loofah.

39. Natural dye napkins 

Create colourful napkins using natural dye

Give tired old napkins a new lease of life with Caroline South’s natural dye tutorial.

40. DIY floral suncatchers

floral suncatchers DIY

Photo credit: monsterscircus.com

Monsters Circus are back with another sustainable home décor DIY and this time it’s these floral suncatchers.

41. DIY popcorn bag 

DIY popcorn bag sustainable craft

Photo credit: neededinthehome.com

Needed in the Home’s easy sew popcorn bags are a sustainable swap you need to make. Buy your corn loose to save even more plastic.

41. Wool dryer balls 

wool dryer balls sustainable craft

Photo credit: abeautifulmess.com

A Beautiful Mess’ woollen dryer balls are a double sustainable whammy. These can be made using spare yarn and will help you save water when washing.

43. Upcycled wooden chandelier

diy wooden chandelier

And finally, we have Christine Leech’s Scandi boho chandelier made from upcycled wooden beads and yarn. Her tutorial is in issue 109 of Mollie which you can find out more about here.

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