3 Ways to Repurpose Plastic Bags

Grocery bags have never looked this chic!


The worldwide movement to turn trash into treasure has never been stronger. There are recycling efforts everywhere, and we are doing more and more to produce less garbage. And as we all know, recycling’s biggest enemy is plastic. Breathe new life into your plastic bags with the help of these ideas:

Main photo from: Ffflowers via Etsy.

The “plarn” (plastic + yarn) trend is in full swing! It’s a crocheting and braiding method involving strips of plastic bags to form newly repurposed tote bags, coasters, chairs, and other accessories. They take more than a few hours to make, but as you can see, the results are fantastic.

Learn more about the plarning method here.

Photo from The Etsy Blog.

Isn’t it funny—using trash bags to make a trash can? You’ll need 50-100 plastic bags to make a repurposed basket, depending on the size you want. Weave in colorful ties, ropes, or beads for an added personal touch. You can read the how-to here.

Photo from Jessy Ratfink via Instructables.

When trash is turned into beautiful décor, crafters refer to the process as “upcycling.” Who needs department store faux flowers when you can make your own? Not only are they a fun craft project to do with kids, they would also look great as a table centerpiece or on your bedside table.

 Photo from ffflowers via Etsy.

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