Make Your Own Compostable Diaper–Out of a Pumpkin!

It was my sister-in-law who came up with the idea: Why spend all that money on disposable diapers that just end up breaking down in a landfill for the next 500 years? Wouldn’t it make more sense to use nature’s bounty to diaper our babies? This fall is the perfect time to start carving your own diapers out of pumpkins. Simply choose an appropriately-sized pumpkin, carve out the top, scoop out the seeds, and cut out two leg holes. This DIY diaper requires no sewing.

Check out my niece sporting her all-natural homemade diaper:
baby wearing a compostable pumpkin diaper

While gDiapers claim to be compostable, they still contain SAP–a petroleum product that doesn’t really break down. A pumpkin may not have the wicking and absorbing powers of an ordinary diaper, but it is 100% natural and biodegradable!  No other diapers can compete with that.

How to Make a Simple Paper Spider in its Web: More DIY Halloween Decorations!

First, take a square piece of paper and fold it in half. I usually just start cutting out the spider freehand, but if you prefer, draw the spider on the paper first, like this:

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Then cut out everything surrounding the spider’s body and legs, leaving a border around the edge.

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Open it up and there you have it: A creepy paper spider to hang up for Halloween. Tip: If you want the spider to be a black widow, cut a diamond shape out of the abdomen and tape a piece of red paper behind it.

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How to Make a Paper Jack-o-Lantern

 Step 1: Fold a piece of orange paper in half. Draw half of a pumpkin on the paper if you don’t want to cut it out freehand.

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Step 2: Cut out the pumpkin, the mouth, and the nose.

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Step 3: Fold the pumpkin in half again for the eye. Draw on half of a triangle and cut it out.

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It will look like this when you unfold it partway:

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And then it will look like this when you unfold it all the way:

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Here’s a goofy variation once you’ve mastered the basic jack-o-lantern. Go wild!

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This post is a part of Works for Me Wednesday over at We are THAT Family. It’s another themed edition featuring cleaning tips this week. As usual, I am not on the ball with these themes!

More Fabulous DIY Maternity Halloween Costumes

Pregnancy is a wonderful time to cherish the life growing inside of you. It is also the time to dress as a pregnant nun or the Pillsbury Doughboy. Sporting a watermelon-sized belly this fall and wondering how to best feature it in this year’s Halloween festivities? Check here if you want to view a photo gallery of some homemade costumes for pregnant women. (I love the “bun in the oven” costume!) Thrifty Fun has many excellent ideas, many of which I’ve listed below.

juno pregnant maternity halloween costume idea

  • Man with a beer gut  (Optional: Your companion can dress as the wife)
  • Santa Claus
  • Pregnant animal—Say, a cat. Wear all black, attach a tail and ears.
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More Eco-Craftiness: The DIY Doll Television Set

How to Make a Television Set for Dolls out of Recycled Materials:

1. Find a little cardboard box.
2. Locate a picture of a television set from a magazine that will fit on one side of the box.
homemade doll television set from recycled materials
3. Cut it out and glue it on.
4. Accessorize! Glue little pictures of DVDs or remote controls to the sides. Cut out a picture of a plant, glue it on some cardboard, and stick it in a slot at the top.
5. Cut out a slot on the front. This is the DVD player. Cut out small pictures of DVDs. Your child can feed them into the slot and retrieve them by opening the box back up again.

DIY Dollhouse–Make Your Own Dollhouse out of Recycled Materials

You may have already read my post on making a dashing doll dress out of a frazzled old sock. My creative endeavors did not stop there: I went on to make a doll house out of a cardboard box and an Ikea catalogue.
DIY dollhouse out of a cardboard box

My daughter and I spend one Saturday morning cutting up little chairs, beds, and even whole rooms out of the catalogue, then pasting them inside the box. We even found an outdoor scene to glue onto the outside of the box so that the dolls would be able to entertain outdoors. Audrey actually does play with the box, too, setting her little dolls inside and creating stories for them.

Saving Money on Cloth Baby Wipes

Did you buy cloth diaper wipes? Last week’s post generated loads of positive comments about using cloth diaper wipes over disposables, but do you have to buy expensive fabric wipes or spend hours hemming tiny squares of organic flannel?  Hardly.

In truth, cloth wipes are simply small pieces of fabric. For very little cost and time you can make your own set of wipes or purchase a discount pack of baby washcloths and get the same effect for a whole lot less money.

Making diaper wipes:

Rebecca expertly cut up some of her husband’s old t-shirts into precise rectangles that she neatly stacked by the diaper table. Since cotton jersey fabric doesn’t fray, there was no need to hem the wipes and they worked great for the full two and half years that her daughter was in diapers. Other moms have used receiving blankets or jersey sheets and gotten the same great results without spending a dime.


Green Idea: DIY Doll Dress out of an Old Sock

My daughter’s “newborn” Cabbage Patch doll came with her own little romper. It’s fine, but let’s face it: sometimes a doll yearns for a more elegant evening look. One made out of an old sock, perhaps. One that comes complete with a matching wide belt and hat.

If you have a doll in a similar predicament, there is an easy solution, and it doesn’t require a sewing machine. All you need is an old sock, a pair of scissors, and an eye for fine fashion.

How to Make a Doll Dress out of a Sock:

  1. Find an old sock that is about the size of the doll. The opening of the sock will be the neck of the dress. Cut the sock near the heel so the bottom of the dress flares out in a subtle and sophisticated way.
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Homemade Cloth Diapers

It never occurred to me to create my own diapers–partially due to the fact that I have a complete lack of sewing skills and also because it seemed so complicated.  Imagine my surprise when my friend Kara casually handed me a bag of home-sewn hemp diapers saying only, “I made this for you since I had some extra time and fabric.” I had to know how it was possible to whip out a batch of diapers in just a few hours so interviewed Kara to get the nitty-gritty details.

GBG: Where did you get the idea/inspiration to make your own cloth diapers?


The Saturday Question: What Are Your Favorite Free Crafts?

Although it’s impossible for a newborn to assemble a mobile out of recycled egg cartons, I’m frequently amazed by what creative parents do with a bit of artistic ability and household recyclables.  Do you save any containers or boxes for creative play?  If so, what are the free crafts and art projects your children enjoy?  Please clue us in on your creative recycling endeavors!