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Making a Hula Skirt with Plastic Bags

Updated on October 12, 2012

Bags, Bags, and More Bags

Every time I go to the grocery store, I have always tried to think of creative ways to re-purpose such a wasteful item. Just a quick trip from the store to the home and the purpose of the bag is accomplished. Then into the trash it goes. These functional plastic bags are strong and may come in many colors other than white; yellow, green, gray, blue, and beige to name a few. Aside from its' lack of breathing characteristics, they kind of resemble small fabric remnants. Hey! If Lady Gaga can wear slabs of meat for clothing, why not wear plastic bags.

Little girls love to play dress up and this would be a good little project to work on with a child. It gives them a way to think out of the box, learn ways to recycle, and utilize resources without spending money. You can also create fairy and angel skirts using the same process but changing the shape and size of the plastic strip.

recycled plastic bags
recycled plastic bags | Source


  • Plastic Bags - 18 to 20 approx. depending on size and thickness
  • Twine, string or elastic cut to desired length
  • Scissors
  • Accessories - beads, flowers optional

one bag cut into three pieces
one bag cut into three pieces | Source


For this particular bag, the logo and writing where on both sides of the bag. So I cut the each bag into three pieces, using only the bare sides. To save time, I cut the strips to the center on each end. Cut as many as you need depending on the size and thickness of the skirt. Then cut a string or piece of elastic to fit. (If you choose to use elastic, you will need to sew the ends together or attach with a safety pin). Take plastic strips at the center and create a loop behind the string. Take the bottom of the strips and bring through the loop. Pull until tightly secured. Repeat steps until string is at desired thickness. If the skirt needs to be stronger, tie one end of the plastic strips to the string.

loop over string and through the hole
loop over string and through the hole | Source
loop tight to string to secure
loop tight to string to secure | Source


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    • Insightful Tiger profile image

      Insightful Tiger 

      5 years ago

      Wow, I really love this! I have a stepdaughter who is going to have so much fun doing this with me! Thanks for sharing and thank you for caring about the planet, sista! Voted up and shared!

    • 4wardthinker profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thanks for voting up! I wish I had a child or model to show it, but my boyfriend wouldn't volunteer and I needed to take the picture. It does work well though. Making costumes with other materials sounds like a great idea.

    • donnah75 profile image

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      This is a great idea for making Halloween costumes or costumes for a drama production. A few years ago, my students did a production, which was directed by an outside director, in which they created all the costumes from recycled materials. The costumes were fantastic, cheap and good for the environment. Voted up.


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