Reported by Dana Vitek
Earth Day is right around the corner, and with it comes a plethora of DIY Green Crafting ideas. So-called ‘Green Crafters’ from the four corners of the interwebs come out on Earth Day, waving their recycled egg cartons and toilet paper tubes, thinking they’re saving the world by crafting with crap.
Well let me tell you… they’re right! We CAN save the world by re-purposing trashy things (and no, I don’t mean folding origami flowers out of smutty books… or do I?). No friends, I’m talking about the lowest of the low. The thing in your house with zero redeeming qualities. That stuff that makes you turn your nose up with disgust every time you touch it. That’s right. I’m talking about dryer lint.
This stuff is crafters’ GOLD! Really! There’s so much that can be done with dryer lint, and it’s FREE! You were just going to trash it anyway, so why not try these fun crafts instead?!
|Any color you want, as long as it’s gray.|
Dryer lint makes terrific flock… and who needs velvet ribbon with a little double-sided sticky tape and some dryer lint around?
|lay out your sticky tape…|
|pounce that dryer lint on… don’t be shy!|
|look at that coverage!|
|a stripe of a different color?! why not!|
|no, thank you, dryer lint, thank you!|
Velvet Thickers?! Who needs them? Not me!
|Throw some glue down…. you want something that dries sticky|
|You know you have a brayer. Go get it!|
|This photo is self-explanatory|
|die cut your letters|
|flocked, velvety letters! For free!|
|Dab on some alcohol inks (these were colored with Copics) to change the color!|
Moving on to nail art… here’s an easy way to get that fab suede finish all the fashionistas are buzzing about…
|slap on a clear top coat and some dryer lint…|
|brush off the excess, and voila! Epic, right? I know!|
- You can’t beat the price of dryer lint.
- Money saved on fancy crafting supplies can be put toward chocolate.
- You’re saving the planet!
- Limited range of colors in its natural state, unless you dry your clothes in separate color batches, and who has time for that?
- There can be, um, impurities in the lint. In my house it’s dog fur, but that just adds to the charm, really.
- Recipients of your handmade dryer linted items might think you’re cheap instead of an Eco Warrior. Forget them.
Think this is all flocking ridiculous?
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