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Earth is home to all of us, both plants and animals. And every year, April 22nd is a day to celebrate everything this planet does for us.

There are so many things you can do to celebrate Earth Day. I’ve put together a list here for you that’s full of great ideas that are also thrifty and green.

thrifty and green ways to celebrate Earth Day - pinterest

I’ve grouped these thrifty and green ideas into the following categories to make it easier for you to find the kind of Earth Day ideas you’re looking for:

  • Eco-friendly Crafts – These are ideas for those who want to make something for nature or activities to enjoy with their kids.
  • Gardening and Yard Work – This category includes ideas to get you outside and enjoying your yard space.
  • Environmental Home Projects – If you’re wanting to improve your home’s footprint, these ideas are for you.
  • Enjoying Nature – If you just want to take in nature for Earth day, this list will not disappoint.
  • Action for Nature – This category lists ways you can play an active tangible role in making a difference for climate change.

If you need more ideas, I’ve also included pertinent links to my Pinterest boards to help you find something to do for Earth Day that fits your style.

Eco-friendly Crafts

Here are a few thrifty and green crafts for you to enjoy making on Earth Day.

squirrel picnic table

Gardening and Yard Work

If you want to spend some time out in your yard on Earth Day, these ideas are for you:

Home Maintenance

Celebrate Earth Day by making your home more environmentally friendly.

patio chair transformation
  • Set up a recycling system: Create a space in your home to make it easy to sort trash and recyclable materials. We keep two receptacles in our kitchen appropriately labeled trash and recycling.
  • Make and connect rain barrels to your down spouts:
    Instructions to make your own: KCMO-Resident-Stormwater-Booklet-2015.pdf (kcwaterservices.org)
    Check online for cheap 55-gallon food grade barrels available locally. I’ve seen some for as low as $14 on eBay, if you live close enough for pickup. Around here, you can get a ready-to-use hard plastic rain barrel from Bridging the Gap for only $65: Make a Rain Barrel – Bridging the Gap
    At my house, I’ve got this 100-gallon foldable rain barrel for $70:

Enjoying Nature

Another great way to celebrate Earth Day is to get out and simply enjoy nature. Just be sure to leave things cleaner than you found them.

  • Go on a hike, bike, walk
  • Bird watch
  • Have an eco-friendly picnic
  • Go to the zoo
  • Research your favorite animal
  • Do a nature treasure hunt
  • Make shadow drawings

Action for Nature

Take action to help nature on Earth Day.


I hope this article has given you some ideas for Earth Day and beyond.

Being kind to this planet will save your wallet and the world!

Please share any more ideas and the ways that you celebrate Earth Day in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Be thrifty and green, friends!