Most of us probably have a hefty stash of plastic bags in our homes. You might keep them stored in your pantry closet or under the sink, but chances are they’re always looming somewhere.
While this can be useful for taking your lunch to work or cleaning up your cat’s litter box, there are plenty of more creative ways to reuse plastic bags!
The simple projects below all give plastic bags a beautiful new life by using a variety of methods, like weaving them into adorable accessories or even fusing them with an iron to create a sturdy yet pliable fabric.
Take a look and you’ll totally be inspired to dig into your pile of plastic bags to create something amazing with your own two hands.
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1. Fashion A Bracelet
Hanna from Make for 365 created these delightful bangles by slicing strips of the plastic bags and twisting them tightly before weaving them like a friendship bracelet.
2. Make A Purse
Instructables user emattrose used a regular clothing iron to fuse thin plastic bags together for this durable, waterproof, and downright adorable no-sew purse.
3. Craft Some Tennis Shoes
This quirky take on low-tops by Instructables user neeebs is perfect for old shoes that still have solid soles but need an upgrade on the upper section.
After taking apart the shoe, use the old fabric to trace a pattern for your plastic, then fuse it, and reattach to the sole using superglue.
4. Braid A Basket
Jessy Ratfink from Making Jiggy explains that this project requires no crocheting or knitting skills. Instead, braid the bags into a rope and handsew the layers to keep them connected as it builds up.
5. Craft A Lampshade
6. Make Decorative Flowers
Instructables user megananne embraced an origami vibe for this super easy project that would look adorable scattered on a wall or used as twinkle light covers.
7. Design A Tote Bag
Omaria Murray used a CD to measure her circles before fusing them together as a tote, adding braided plastic bags as the handles.
8. Fuse Together A Hoodie
Instructables user imrobot was inspired by a disappointing hoodie letting him down on a particularly rainy day. He used fused plastic to create his own much more weatherproof design.
9. Weave A Dress
This award-winning dress and matching bag were created by Instructables user katvanlew for her daughter to model in the 2009 Santa Fe Recycle Art Trashion Show, earning third place with the creative weaving skills!
10. Braid A Rug
Instructables user walkerbarb used the same braiding technique as the basket from above, but fused the whole thing together by ironing the back with wax paper.
11. Craft Some Earrings
That’s right, these gorgeous turquoise earrings were originally plastic bags that Instructables user sv7815 fused into fabric and layered onto metal earring wires you can find at craft stores.
12. Make A Necklace
13. Build An Outdoor Swing
It might look flimsy, but this woven swing was tested with 220-pounds and remained strong — and is a cozy way to enjoy the outdoors!
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