DIY Planter Using Reclaimed Italian Tiles

Tiles are often thrown away in remodeling projects, but they can actually be reused in a variety of different ways. Not only can they be used again in other projects, but they can also be transformed into other things. We found this great DIY craft that uses tiles. This DIY planter uses beautiful Italian-made tiles from EcoBuilding Bargains that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. This is a really great project if you have leftover tiles, or find tiles with really great designs at EcoBuilding Bargains. You can put this planter in your home, office, or even gift it to someone special.

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DIY Water Marbled Tile Coasters

Tiles aren’t just for backsplashes or flooring, they can be used for a fun DIY upcycle project! Using this website as inspiration, we made water marbled tile coasters using nail polish. You can use any colors of nail polish you want, but we chose neutral colors. Water marbling can also be used on other surfaces, but using salvaged tile coasters from EcoBuilding Bargains meant an affordable and fun craft. It took us several tries to get it, but the results are great!

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Last Minute, Sustainable Valentine Gift Ideas!

There are so many ways to reduce waste on Valentine’s Day, especially when it comes to gifts. Although it may not be traditional, it doesn’t mean the gift or experience will be worth any less! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t figured out what to gift your loved one(s), here are some last minute sustainable and thoughtful gift ideas.

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Kitchen Remodel Using Salvaged Cabinets

Using salvaged cabinets to remodel your kitchen can sound like an impossible task, but is actually really doable. One solution is to visit EcoBuilding Bargains, where there are always a variety of high-quality cabinets that need homes, but it can make you wonder how to integrate them into the spaces in your home. The Gaylords, who live in Easthampton, have integrated a beautiful salvaged cabinet set with the help of their contractor.

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DIY Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

For some people, February is a month full of dreary winter days and anguish over never-ending slush on the ground. For others, it’s excitement over the days beginning to get longer and the anticipation of spring. For yet others, it’s a month of looking forward to Valentine’s Day. This holiday is often full of loving surprises, beautiful flower bouquets, and an assortment of candies. Yet, like many other holidays, this day is also dominated by industries who sell products that are bound to end up in the trash. Valentine’s Day, however, does not need to be a drain on the environment. Read on to hear some creative DIY gift ideas and get your eco-friendly crafting juices flowing!

Cardboard Heart Cards

Instead of buying cards at a store, why not create some of your own from materials at home? Pictured below is a cardboard heart cutout design, and makes for a pretty card to give someone. This is just one of many ways to reuse household products for cards—you could also use old magazines or newspapers, among other things!

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