Eco Friendly DIY Projects for Your Home

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I have always loved do it yourself projects for my home.  I honestly could not get enough sometimes. Garage sales and thrift stores were a frequent stop for items I could spray paint or change in some way.  My weekends were spent refinishing furniture pieces and finding little ways to DIY some sort of decor for the house.

I had tubs and rubbermaids filled with paint cans and varnishes that I used on each of my projects.  But it all came to a screeching halt when I began reading about the toxins and chemicals in these cans of paint I used.  

I halted all projects dead in their tracks and safely disposed of my paints and stains.  I was sad to give up something that I loved so much, but I knew it wasn’t the healthiest or safest habit for me, my family or our home.

Over time, thought, I started to find projects that I could do that were safe and healthy for my family.  On top of all that, I was able to find home projects to do that were beneficial to a toxin-free lifestyle.  If you ever use Pinterest to find DIY projects for your home that are eco friendly and healthy, you’ll find SO many wonderful ideas.  

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorites from other moms and bloggers.

eco friendly diy projects for your home

1. Make Your Entryway Beautiful & Functional

A really important part of my home for me is functionality.  I can’t stand when there’s a part of my house that isn’t able to be utilized.  I love finding ways to make things beautiful and functional at the same time; and the entryway is no exception.

Our entryway gets a lot of use and a lot traffic, so it has to be a place that can house a lot of items without getting cluttered.  We also use our entry way as a catch-all for many items we don’t necessarily want tracked through the house. Things like shoes, coats, backpacks and purses all find their home in our buffer zone.  The reasoning is that these items all carry in germs, bacteria, toxins and chemicals from being in public places.

Here are some really practical ways you can spruce up your entryway and keep the functionality.

  • Basket for keys, hand purifier, kleenex, mittens, hats, etc.
  • Hooks for coats and bags
  • Shoe Tray for wet shoes and storing shoes
  • Bench for with storage underneath 
  • Mirror so you don’t have to track back in with your shoes on
  • Solid Wood Table for setting things on and storing items
create a functional entry way to keep germs out

2. DIY Beeswax Wraps

Shared from Foxxy by Nature

Gia from Foxxy by Nature outlines exactly how to make these wraps and how to care for them so they last.  Have scraps of cotton fabric lying around?  What a great way to use them up!

3. Indoor Garden Box

Shared by Lovely Etc.

I love growing herbs indoors all year long, but having pots all over the place just isn’t my style.  I love having a garden box up by my kitchen window (the sunniest little spot!).  I love Carrie’s idea of creating a cute farmhouse inspired garden box for herbs and indoor plants. Plus her step by step tutorial is so helpful!

4. DIY Toilet Cleaner Tabs

Shared by Get Green Be Well

Kimberly at Get Green Be Well is all about the health of your home and she shares this SUPER easy recipe to make fizzies you put in your toilet to clean them.  This DIY project is a great way to reduce chemicals and plastic use at the same time.  (I made a similar version of these and showed you in my IG stories — I just didn’t have hydrogen peroxide.)

5. DIY Fabric Napkins

Shared by A Wonderful Thought

I’m not seasoned as a seamstress, but I know a thing or two about simple sewing.  If you’re like me, these cloth napkins are an amazing replacement for paper napkins in your home.  I love this idea from Kimberly at A Wonderful Thought.  Plus, her tutorial is really detailed and helpful.

6. No-Waste Pantry Makeover

Shared by Bless’er House

Lauren shares her pantry makeover with glass and baskets to make shopping in bulk easier.  If you have glass containers for your bulk purchases, it’s much simpler when you get home to fill it up.  That way you can reduce the waste of bags and plastic. She even has printable labels you can download!

7. Trash to Treasure: Boxes into Baskets

Shared by Elizabeth Jones & Designs

I love storage solutions, but to be honest I hate how much storage baskets cost and how much time you can spend hunting for the perfect size.  Erin came up with the perfect solution: Make your own from recycled boxes.  A-MAZING!

What kind of green DIY projects have you done, or do you want to do?  I’d love to know!

GREEN DIY PROJECTS for your home

This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. Denay DeGuzman

    I love all these wonderful eco-friendly DIY projects! Thank you so much for providing such great inspiration!

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      Thank you! I’m so glad it was helpful!

  2. Monica

    Lovin’ that pantry makeover! I could sure use one of those! Great post!

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      Me too! Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Snehal

    I prefer using eco friendly products too. We need a mirror for our bathroom since the other day the previous one cracked by me 🙈

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      It happens to the best of us! 🙂

  4. Dani

    I love this! Such amazing ideas, so fresh looking.
    Dani x

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      Thank you!! I’m glad the ideas could inspire 🙂

  5. Marjie Mare

    Everything looks absolutely beautiful and I am saving this post to use as a reference. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Nicole Gilbert

    A good shoe tray is a necessity, especially in wet and cold climates. When we lived in Tacoma we had the best shoe organizer.

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      Yes — it definitely saves the floors!

  7. GiGi Eats

    Okay, my husband and I are so going through this to see what we might be able to pull off – we are always trying to update our home in a classy fashion!

  8. Stephanie

    I love these ideas! I already have a very small and basic entryway area, but it’s in the garage since we never use our front door. I really want to make something in my cabinets to hold my measuring cups like you show here.

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      I thought that was a great idea too!

  9. Isabella

    I’ve been working on making our home and lifestyle more sustainable. That’s mostly what my blog is devoted to! These are such great ideas. Reposted!
    IG @IsabellaDavidVintage

  10. Kristen

    I love the idea of an indoor garden. It’s so practical and low maintenance. Plus since I am always using herbs in the kitchen, so that would be a great idea.

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      Plus I remember to water it if it’s in sight 🙂

  11. Cammeo Murray

    So fun!! Love the list and def drying the indoor garden box 😉

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      Isn’t that such a great idea!?

  12. Maysz

    This really helps in decorating and organizing my stuff at home lovely this idea!

  13. Courtney

    Omg so many cute eco friendly decor ideas!!!! We are actually working on our entry way this weekend!!!!

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      Fun! I am in the process of making mine a bit more functional too.

  14. Jacquelyn Hastert

    I love DIY and can’t wait to try these ideas! You have inspired me to become more eco-friendly with my cleaning products.

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      That’s so great to hear!

  15. Kate Loves Travel

    These are great DIY project ideas… and the fact that they are eco friendly makes them even better! Just wish I was good at DIY lol!

  16. Hooda

    These are some really cool tips. I especially like the indoor garden box. It looks so cute! I also like the trash to treasure tip. In fact, I have been reusing empty boxes and turning them into baskets for a while now. Extra storage is always a good thing!

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      It’s amazing what you can come up with when you think outside the box!

  17. Eva

    Great ideas, we are also a very green home. You gave some great simple changes for people to consider.

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      That’s great, Eva! So glad they were helpful!

  18. Holly

    These are great ideas. I love finding new ways to make my home more natural. I’m going to have to try these.

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      I’m glad it was helpful, Holly!

  19. David Elliott

    Those look like some pretty great projects. I know doing the bath bombs are a lot of fun to make and can easily be done at home. It’s great.

  20. Nati

    So many wonderful ideas! The beeswax wraps caught my eye! As well as the fabric napkins, I’ve starte implementing them, but with my children, stains on the napkins that don’t go away in several washes… so I’m now looking for some kind of fabric that would be not that prone to stains… so far I’ve only found microfiber, but they are not as pretty…

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      I wonder if a darker napkin with a pattern might help? We have some at home that are really dark with a pattern and most of the stains are fairly unnoticeable. But yes, with kids it’s tough!! 🙂

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