Homemade vegan pasta

Homemade pasta is amazing and sometimes its hard to find pasta or wonton wrappers that don’t have eggs. Surprisingly enough making your own pasta can be easy and fun! Here is a simple recipe that will get you started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups of semolina flour
  • 1/3 cup of water, add a little more if needed

That’s It!

Step1: Mix the flour and water together and need into a stretchy dough. I highly suggest using a pasta machine, but you can also just use a rolling pin and little muscle. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8″ or smaller in thickness. Cut the pasta to desired shape, I made ravioli with mine. You can also use this to make other pastas like fettucine and spaghetti!

Check out the recipe I made with this!

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Do it yourself Hair Accessories.

Ever wonder what to do with those boring and plain hair accessories? Here are a few fun tips to add some funkiness to your hair!

Things you’ll need:

  • used hair clips, claps, headbands or combs. (bobby pins could work too)
  • scrap ribbon, beads, buttons, etc.
  • craft glue, clear jewelry thread or used fishing line

Directions for hair comb.

Step 1: Take some scrap ribbon and glue it to either side of the top of the comb. After the glue has dried start to wrap the ribbon around the top of the hair comb. Continue wrapping, going in between all the teeth in the comb, once you get the other side cut the excess off and glue the end piece to the back.

 Step 2: Take another piece of scrap ribbon and make a bow. (I glued my ribbon to make the bow, but you can tie it too.) Grab any button that you love and glue it on top of the bow, then glue the bow to your hair comb.

Directions for Barrette.

Step 1: Take the barrette, and with some clear jewelry thread or used fishing line, tie a secure knot at one end. Now  string your beads so they lay on the top of the barrette and continue to bead and wrap all the way to the other end. Wrap the thread around a couple of times and then tie it off with knot.

 

Voila!! Beautiful new hair accessories!

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Make Your Own Braided Belt: Eco Friendly and Fashionable

    Do you despise throwing away those old and outdated t-shirts? I know I do…so it’s time to recycle them! Braided belts are easy to make and fun to wear. Below are the instructions for you to make your own!

Things you’ll Need:

  • An old t-shirt
  • A pair of scissors
  • miscellaneous items (buttons, beads, charms, etc.)optional

Step 1: Lay the shirt down on a flat surface. Smooth out the wrinkles as much as possible. Cut three strips (about 1″ 1/2) from the bottom of the shirt to the shoulder. (Make sure you cut in between the shoulder seam and the neck seam. It will give you the maximum amount of fabric.)Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Step2: Open the three strips of fabric, they should be twice the length with a seam in the middle. Take the three pieces and tie them into a single knot. Secure the end with a knot to a surface so you can have both hands to braid. Braid the pieces all the way to end and tie a single knot to finish.

Step 3: (optional) Now you can decorate your belt. I used some extra beads and charms  I had. I made fabric flowers with the scraps and put a button in the middle.

Use the rest of the shirt to make braided headbands. Make a few different kinds and give to friends. Get creative and bring out the fashionista in you!

REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE

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Handmade Eco Friendly Dog and Cat Toys

Ever purchased your dog a nice toy only to find in shreds minutes later on the living room floor?  Well I have…countless times. It can be frustrating because dog and cat toys are not cheap! It can be a waste of money and a waste of energy. One day as I was sorting through some scrap fabric, (and of course cleaning up my dogs latest stuffed victim) it came to me. Why not make my own and better yet, write a blog about it. So here are instructions for you to make your own eco friendly dog and cat toys!

Things you’ll need:

  • A sewing machine *if you don’t have a sewing machine try using a non toxic fabric glue
  • Scrap fabric ( use a heavier fabric for those extra “ruff” pups)
  • Upholstery thread
  •  A pen or chalk
  • Scissors
  • Used paper bags or organic batting
  • Used rope or twine

Step 1: Lay the scrap fabric out making sure there’s no wrinkles. Use your pen or chalk to draw the shapes you’d like. (cut two pieces for each toy) If you want to put a rope through it then draw a tab on the pattern. You can get creative with it and cut out contrasting fabric to make it more colorful. I did endangered animals on mine!

*Circles, squares, and basic shapes are the easiest to sew

Step 2: If you do cut out contrasting fabric to put on top then sew or glue it on first. Now it’s time to sew your two sides together. Sew about a 1/4 of an inch in all along the edges leaving an opening to put the stuffing in. Stuff the toy as much as you want with paper bag shreds or organic batting.  Once the toy is stuffed sew up the opening.

Step 3: If your put a tab on the toy, double stitch around it. (this will make it extra strong) Make a hole through the tab. I used metal grommets so the fabric wouldn’t fray. Now you can put the rope or twine through.

DOG APPROVED!!!

Christopher enjoying his new toy!

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How To Make Your own eco friendly packaging.

After a trip to the market do you ever wonder what do do with those old paper grocery bags? Time and time again we find ourselves with the dilemma of whether or not to throw them away or recycle them. Here are some money saving and eco-friendly ways to reuse your bags and boxes.

What you’ll need: 

  1. Used paper grocery bags/ used boxes
  2. Hot Glue Gun/ glue sticks
  3. Old newspaper, magazines, or any used paper
  4. Pencil and scissors (regular and decorative)
  5. Ruler and thick poster board or heavy paper ( for your patterns)
  6. Optional: Stamps and other decorative items

Steps for the Envelope:

  1. Draft a pattern on a heavy paper to the size you would like your packaging to be. Add 1/2 – 3/4 of and inch on the side where the opening will be. 2. Cut the bottom of the bag off so it can lie flat. ( if bags have handles remove and set aside) Now you can trace your pattern. Trace the same pattern four times leaving you with four pieces. (Depending on the size of your envelop, you might require more than one bag.) Now cut them out.

3. After you have your four pieces cut out it is time to glue. Take two of the four   pieces and with your hot glue gun, glue along the edges on three sides leaving one side open. Do the same for the other two pieces. If the bags have any words or logos on them, make sure you glue them face to face so it doesn’t show.

4. Using the paper bag clippings , old newspaper, magazines, and any other used paper, stuff in the opening of your glued pieces. (Be careful not to over stuff.) Once your pieces are filled glue up the opening.

5. Now you should have two stuffed pieces. Again glue the edges together on three sides leaving an opening where the 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch was added in step one. On the open side cut off 1/2 to 3/4 on one side creating a flap to seal.

6. Using the decorative scissors of your choice carefully cut close to the edges to get a finished look.

7. Decorate your package with stamps or other reusable items. * Try getting creative and experiment with different patterns and shapes.

Steps for the Boxes:

  1. Daft a pattern on thick poster board or a heavy paper. Different patterns can be found online through various sites. The examples here are a hexagonal tube box and a pyramid box.
  2. Take your box and disassemble it so it will lie flat. Then trace your pattern making sure to draw on the sides with any logos or words. Then very carefully with your exacto knife cut your pattern out.
  3. With your glue gun, glue either a square piece of grocery paper or magazine clipping to the cut out pattern.  Cut any excess away. (Example shows grocery paper.) 
  4. Glue the box together according to you pattern, making sure to leave an opening to put your items in. 
  5. Decorate your box with stamps or other reusable items. * Get creative and try mixed mediums.

These envelopes and boxes are a great idea for mailing or gift packaging, saving money and our planet. Make it a family project and most importantly have fun with it!!

REDUCE – REUSE- RECYCLE

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