Craft Your Environment is Iowa City's first reuse-themed craft fair! Scheduled the Saturday before Earth Day, we're celebrating the work of artists and crafters who use recycled materials in their creations, thereby keeping valuable materials out of the landfill. It will also host free workshops, kids activities, prairie tours, and local food!


    WHEN: April 19, 10am-5pm

    WHERE: East Side Recycling Center, Iowa City



    Water Bottle Hunt

    Kids Activity

    Search the East Side Recycling Center for a free reusable water bottle!


    Recycling Relays

    Kids Activity

    Compete to see who can properly dispose of recyclables the fastest.


    Natural Resources

    Kids Activity

    In this hands-on activity, make wood medallion necklaces while learning about resources that the environment provides.


    Stormwater Workshop

    Kids Activity

    Learn how all water is connected in this interactive workshop.


    Sunflower Seed Planting

    Kids Activity

    Plant sunflowers in hand-made newspaper pots!


    Composting Workshop

    Presented by Scott Keopke

    Learn the basics and benefits of composting and how you can do it at home.


    Bike Maintenance Workshop

    Presented by Broken Spoke

    Learn "on the road" bike repair and transportation tips.


    Prairie Tours

    Take a walk with a guide and learn about our native plantings, as well as other environmentally-friendly features at ESRC, like pervious paving and rain gardens!


    Recycling Education

    Stop in to learn about the Iowa City recycling programs, ranging from curbside recycling, drop-off centers, apartment recycling efforts, appliance and electronic scrap recycling, hazardous waste, outreach activities and food scrap recovery efforts!


    Food Scraps/Composting Education

    Join us to learn about the City’s efforts to turn food scraps into compost for our community!


    Seed Giveaway Station

    Pick up free heirloom and organic seeds for your home garden, donated by Seed Savers Exchange. Or, if you've saved up seeds and want to give them away, this is the place to do it!


    Craft Exchange

    Leave old crafting materials that you don't need anymore and pick up items that someone else has left!


    Door Prizes

    Stop by the City of Iowa City Recycling/ECO Iowa City booth to enter a drawing for useful household items that will help you be more environmentally friendly! Items provided by ECO Iowa City.


    10:00-10:30      Water Bottle Hunt


    10:30-11:30      Composting Workshop


    11:30-12:00      Recycling Relay


    12:00-1:00        Bike Repair and Transportation Workshop


    1:00-1:30          Prairie Tour


    1:30-2:00          Natural Resources Activity


    2:00-2:30          Stormwater Workshop


    2:30-3:00          Recycling Education


    3:00-3:30          Prairie Tour


    3:30-4:00          Food Scraps/Composting Education


    4:00-4:30          Natural Resources Activity


    ALL DAY            Sunflower Seed Planting


    ALL DAY            Seed Giveaway Station


    ALL DAY            Craft Exchange




    Egg Rolls by Hai Le


    Artists & Crafters


    Second Chance Design

    Vintage Words

    Perfect Pouch

    Whispering Winds Home & Yard Art


    Recycling. Craft Your Environment is located at the East Side Recycling Center, so it's the perfect opportunity to dispose of your recycling properly.


    Reusable Bags. If you plan on purchasing items at the craft fair, consider bringing your own bags to carry home your items. We should all get in the habit of doing this, no matter where we go!


    Surplus Crafting Materials. Many of us have extra scraps of fabric and yarn that have been sitting in a box for years, never to be used again. At the Craft Exchange, folks are invited to leave whatever materials they no longer need or want and pick up other materials that were left by someone else.


    Extra Seeds. Do you have more seeds than you can use in your garden? Bring them to the Seed Giveaway Station so that someone else can plant them!


    Flat Tupperware Containers. We'll be planting sunflower seeds in newspaper pots, which can then be taken home to grow. If you want to take home a plant, it might be a good idea to put it into something sturdy for transporting it back home.


    We would love some help!


    There are lots of ways to volunteer at the craft fair. Here's a list of some areas that need help:


     - Setting up tables and tents

     - Directing people to different areas of the fair

     - Supervising kids activities

         • Scavenger Hunt

         • Recycling Relays

         • Sunflower Seed Planting

     - Helping out with workshops as needed

     - Handing out seeds at the Seed Giveaway Station


    If any of this interests you, please be in touch! Contact Erica at Thank you!


Many thanks to our sponsors!

2401 Scott Blvd

Iowa City, IA 52240


Fri 12-5

Sat 10-5

Sun 12-4