6 Useful Things You Can Make with Plastic Bags

6 Useful things you can make with plastic bags

6 Useful Things You Can Make with Plastic Bags

Most of us probably have a couple of plastic grocery bags lying around at home somewhere. You know, from those days you totally forgot your eco-friendly, re-usable shopping bags at home.  Instead of tossing them in the trash, why not turn them into something pretty and useful?

We’re not advocating that you go and buy plastic bags, but the ones you do have, or any you can collect from friends, can be upcycled into something functional instead of adding to landfill.

Here are 10 seriously amazing usable items you can make with plastic bags:

Modern Lampshade

6 Useful things you can make with plastic bags

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I was surprised to learn that this lampshade is made from plastic bags.  It’s quite hard to tell, it’s only when you take a closer look that it becomes apparent.  The process is quite simple and mainly involves cutting your bags into strips and then rolling them into rosette shapes.

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Retro Rug

6 useful things you can make with plastic bags

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Reminiscent of the 1970’s, plastic bag rugs can be made in all sorts of colors and patterns.  You can really get creative with this!  They are perfect for use in either the kitchen or outdoors.

Tutorial/ Instructionsclick here

Multi-Purpose Basket

6 useful hings you can make with plastic bags

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This nifty little basket can be used for various things.  As a waste basket, a place to throw in all your little bits and pieces or even as a flower pot.  It’s not a super quick project, but easy to make with nothing more than a little braiding and sewing required.

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Crochet Tote/ Beach Bag

6 useful things you can make with plastic bags

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If crocheting is your thing, these upcycled plastic tote/ beach bags are just the project for you.  They can be used for a variety of things – as shopping bags, a thrifty shoulder-bag or to take with to the beach.  I think using these for the beach is the way to go.  Any sand collected will simply fall through, and it won’t be damaged or ruined if it gets wet.

Tutorial/ Instructions – click here

Upcycled Sandals

6 useful things you can make with plastic bags

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Look, these are not the prettiest sandals we’ve ever seen, but they can sure come in handy.  They are perfect for when you just need to slip something on your feet to go outside, work around the house or chill on the beach.

Tutorial/ Instructions – click here

Up-swing

6 useful things you can make with plastic bags

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This hammock-style swinging chair is perfect if you have a couple of kiddos to keep entertained.  You will probably have to collect bags from your friends and neighbors as you will need 500+ bags for this one.  Go ahead, your kids and the environment will thank you!

Tutorial/ Instructions – click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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