43 sustainable diy and crafts

We're all about those sustainable crafts that make the planet a better place. Here's 43 fab sustainable projects for you to make and use today.

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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


DIY denim patchwork quilt

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

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Photo credit: www.silhouette101.com

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


Shower curtain bean bag

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Anna Alicia’s tropical bean bag tutorial is in issue 103 of Mollie Makes and is made from an old shower curtain. Garden sustainable crafts have to be waterproof, especially if you live in the UK like us.

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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

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Weave away with Indulgy’s newspaper basket tutorial.

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


Reusable popcorn bags

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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.

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

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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.


T shirt yarn

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

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

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


Scrap yarn bookmarks

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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. Get the Mollie Makes app to buy the digital version of the pattern.

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

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


Visible mending

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Don’t throw away old clothes, just embroider over them or patch them up instead using Lana Red’s tutorial in issue 103!

Photo credit: papernstitchblog.com
Photo credit: papernstitchblog.com

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


 Plastic garden wreath

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Use those plastic cartons and bags to make Christine Leech’s beautiful garden wreath. Best bit? It’ll never go mouldy. Tutorial in issue 103 of Mollie.

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


Reusable tea bags

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Use Handmade Homelife’s tutorial to make your own reusable teabags.

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

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


Scrap fabric hand warmers

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

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


Reusable pillowcases

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Turn your old pillowcases into shoppers with Sew in Love’s tutorial.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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And speaking of gift wrapping, make your own naturally dyed wrapping cloths with Dream Factory’s simple tutorial. Then you can use the cloth to wrap up all your pressies.

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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.

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


Plastic woven cover case

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Sustainable crafts can sometimes be tricky to make which is why we’ve provided a video for this one! Head to the Mollie Makes Youtube channel to learn how to turn plastic bags into yarn which can be turned into a case.

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


Lemon yellow water bottle

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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.

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


Scrap fabric baby bibs

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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.

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

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

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

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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.


Crochet shopper

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


Upcycled wooden chandelier

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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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