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Recycling and Upcycling Plastic for Crafts

Updated on November 10, 2014
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Fed Up of all those Plastic Bags? I Know I am!

Now I have a small child crawling around the house it's become even more important to get rid of all those plastic bags that seem to accumulate around the home - even though we use reusable bags! Seriously, where do they all come from?

As I love arts and crafts, I started thinking about how I could upcycle these bags. And not only bags but other bits of plastic packaging too.

On the page below you will see a range of upcycled projects including plastic pages, plastic collages, plastic stencils and plastic stamps.

Image: Close up of one of my stitched plastic padded envelopes.

Health and Safety First!

Layered Plastic Bag
Layered Plastic Bag | Source

Protect Your Lungs!

Some of these techniques and processes involve heating plastic - if you do any of this yourself always make sure you're working in a well-ventilated area and never breathe in any fumes!

If you're using heating equipment like soldering irons, heat guns etc, then please be careful not to burn yourself or set anything on fire. You shouldn't need to apply much heat to plastics before you see them start to respond.

I'd recommend getting a decent mask if you're doing any craft work that involves dust or fumes. You can get a simple mask quite cheaply or you can go a little more high tech.

Whatever you do, don't breathe in those harmful plastic fumes!

3M Paint Project Respirator, Medium
3M Paint Project Respirator, Medium

I've not used this particular mask myself but there are positive reviews left by people who work with vapors. Always do research where your health is concerned.

 

Tools and Materials

Stuff You Might Want...

Plenty of Plastic and...

Any kind of plastic that's lying around your house:

Plastic Bags

Packaging

Milk Bottles

Bottle Tops

Thick plastic from broken items e.g. I used some old plastic art portfolios

Baking Parchment - This is for protecting your iron when you "laminate" your plastic bags. Apparently you can also use waxed paper or just use some brown paper bags

Household iron - Different irons will work differently so experiment with your plastic bags to see what temperatures work best.

Soldering iron - I use this on thicker plastic like milk bottles.

Heat gun - This has long been one of my favorite tools for craft. The heat gun will make your plastic crumple up whereas the iron generally keeps plastic flat.

Plastic Pages

Laminated Plastic
Laminated Plastic | Source

Plastic Pages

A lot of the projects on this page started off as plastic pages.

These are very simple to make.

Work out what size you want your pages to be and cut several layers of plastic bag.

Layer up your bag pieces and sandwich them between 2 pieces of baking parchment.

Gently iron over the top of this sandwich, being careful not to set your iron too hot.

Keep your work area well ventilated and don't breathe in any fumes.

There's really nothing to it but if you want more help watch this Etsy video.

Detailed Instructions for Making Plastic Pages

  1. Make sure you're in a well ventilated area.
  2. Work out what size you want your pages to be.
  3. Cut the handles and the bottom off your bags.
  4. Flatten out your bags.
  5. Sandwich your bags between 2 layers of parchment paper.
  6. Gently iron over the top of this sandwich - don't set your iron too hot.
  7. Let the plastic cool for a few seconds.
  8. Peel back the paper and check that the plastic is completed bonded.
  9. Layer up your bags. I like to use 4 bags (I use them like tubes so that the back and the front of 4 bags make 8 individual layers).

Plastic Pages Gallery

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Clear plastic bag with black plastic from food packaging.White plastic bag with plastic pieces from my stencil (see below).Plastic bag handles webbing.Random supermarket bags ironed together.Several layers of the same supermarket bags - the colors become more intense like this.
Clear plastic bag with black plastic from food packaging.
Clear plastic bag with black plastic from food packaging.
White plastic bag with plastic pieces from my stencil (see below).
White plastic bag with plastic pieces from my stencil (see below).
Plastic bag handles webbing.
Plastic bag handles webbing.
Random supermarket bags ironed together.
Random supermarket bags ironed together.
Several layers of the same supermarket bags - the colors become more intense like this.
Several layers of the same supermarket bags - the colors become more intense like this.
Painted Plastic
Painted Plastic | Source

Colouring Plastic

Opposite and below are some of the mini plastic bag pages I've made and colored with acrylic paint.

I got this idea from FollowThePaperTrail on Youtube whose pages looked so much neater than mine!

These plastic pages are fantastically grungy-looking and would be great for any project where you want things to look old, antique or deteriorating.

Basically you iron your plastic bag in the same way that I have above and once it's cooled you color it with acrylic paint. This process wastes quite a bit of paint because you're rubbing most of it off again but it leaves you with some really cool texture. I used some old fabric to wipe my paint off which I can use in a mixed media art piece later. I used cheap acrylic paint which worked fine.

I love the pages below that went a little "wrong" - where the edges didn't fuse in properly and they're a little ratty.

These pages could be used to make a journal or they could be used in a mixed media art piece or perhaps sewn together to make a wall hanging.

Painted Plastic Pieces

Painted Plastic Pieces
Painted Plastic Pieces | Source

Canvases and Textures

Plastic Canvas
Plastic Canvas | Source

Plastic Pages as Canvases

The plastic piece featured below turned out really thick. I made it by stuffing a plastic bag with other plastic bags (similar to the "atlas" featured below). I sandwiched this stuffed plastic bag between 2 pieces of baking parchment and then squished the whole lot with a hot iron.

I painted the piece with acrylic but to protect the paint I intend to coat the whole lot with PVA glue.

This canvas would look cool as part of a mixed media art piece. The piece shown below makes me think of the ocean or gnarly whale skin!

Plastic Canvas

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The front painted with acrylic - I love how the texture means you get this really great layered look.The reverse of the "canvas" showing the plastic bags.
The front painted with acrylic - I love how the texture means you get this really great layered look.
The front painted with acrylic - I love how the texture means you get this really great layered look.
The reverse of the "canvas" showing the plastic bags.
The reverse of the "canvas" showing the plastic bags.

Covers for Books

Plastic Bag Book Cover
Plastic Bag Book Cover | Source

Plastic Covers

One year, for Nanowrimo I decided that I wanted to make an atlas for my story - as a prompt for when I had Writer's Block.

I had a stack of old diaries that I'd doodled and written loads of notes in. I was going to chuck them out (I was going through a big decluttering phase) when I realized I could re-use them. After all, people make altered books, why not make an altered notebook?

I went through the pages and pasted them together, collaged them and tea-stained them. I wanted the pages to look old and thick and weathered.

The only problem I had then was how to make the cover look cool.

I was playing around with making plastic pages one day when I made this really thick page (see canvas above!). I later covered it with paint, loved the texture it had and realized maybe could iron plastic bags right onto the cover of my atlas - it might just work.

So that's what I did.

I slipped each cover inside a bag and then stuffed both sides of the bag with loads of other plastic bags, placed a piece of baking parchment on top and then I went to work with the iron. It was a little fiddly and I had to be careful to cover the spine too but it worked out quite well.

Once I'd painted the cover I coated everything in thick PVA glue to stop the paint rubbing off the plastic.

Atlas Gallery

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The front cover of my atlas.The inside cover - I wanted it to look like ocean.I haven't started working in this "atlas" yet but I had fun using an onion to print onto the page.The back inside cover.The back cover of the atlas.
The front cover of my atlas.
The front cover of my atlas.
The inside cover - I wanted it to look like ocean.
The inside cover - I wanted it to look like ocean.
I haven't started working in this "atlas" yet but I had fun using an onion to print onto the page.
I haven't started working in this "atlas" yet but I had fun using an onion to print onto the page.
The back inside cover.
The back inside cover.
The back cover of the atlas.
The back cover of the atlas.

Plastic Collages

Plastic Collage in Progress
Plastic Collage in Progress | Source

Making Pictures with your Plastic Bags

You can make plastic collages in 2 ways.

You can either cut out shapes and place them on top of your background plastic pieces and then iron the piece or you can make lots of ironed plastic pieces and cut out your shapes afterwards.

I prefer to cut out the pieces and stitch them together afterwards (you could also use glue).

The image shown here is the beginning of a collage of a city skyline - "skyscrapers" are cut out in a different plastic, than the background, and stitched in place.

In the gallery below you can see how I've layered up different colors together to try to get new colors.

Plastic Pages made for Collage

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Layered up plastic bags waiting to be ironed. I love how this process is so similar to the way I make my layered textiles pieces.The ironed, melted piece.This is several layers of different plastic bags melted together - I wanted to experiment with making new colors. I thought this might work well as a light skin tone.Another piece layered with different colors. I added black and yellow plastic under the green to give different shades of green.Orange, yellow and green plastic layered up.Pink pieces sandwiched between orange and black plastic bag.Yellows.Yellow and pink - I love the way you get those pink wrinkles coming through to the surface.Yellow and green circles ironed on top of pink plastic bag.Collaging before ironing.
Layered up plastic bags waiting to be ironed. I love how this process is so similar to the way I make my layered textiles pieces.
Layered up plastic bags waiting to be ironed. I love how this process is so similar to the way I make my layered textiles pieces.
The ironed, melted piece.
The ironed, melted piece.
This is several layers of different plastic bags melted together - I wanted to experiment with making new colors. I thought this might work well as a light skin tone.
This is several layers of different plastic bags melted together - I wanted to experiment with making new colors. I thought this might work well as a light skin tone.
Another piece layered with different colors. I added black and yellow plastic under the green to give different shades of green.
Another piece layered with different colors. I added black and yellow plastic under the green to give different shades of green.
Orange, yellow and green plastic layered up.
Orange, yellow and green plastic layered up.
Pink pieces sandwiched between orange and black plastic bag.
Pink pieces sandwiched between orange and black plastic bag.
Yellows.
Yellows.
Yellow and pink - I love the way you get those pink wrinkles coming through to the surface.
Yellow and pink - I love the way you get those pink wrinkles coming through to the surface.
Yellow and green circles ironed on top of pink plastic bag.
Yellow and green circles ironed on top of pink plastic bag.
Collaging before ironing.
Collaging before ironing.

Fish Collage

Below you can see how I used some of the collage pieces to make a goldfish collage.

These collages can be used as art pieces or to decorate an upcycled tote bag.

Making the Plastic Collage

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I started to cut out the shapes I needed, following the small doodle I'd drawn beforehand.The fish all sewn together. The fish is facing the opposite direction to my doodle because I drew the fish onto the back of the plastic in pen.I painted over the fish with black acrylic paint to add more depth (the same as the painted pages above).The finished fish collage.
I started to cut out the shapes I needed, following the small doodle I'd drawn beforehand.
I started to cut out the shapes I needed, following the small doodle I'd drawn beforehand.
The fish all sewn together. The fish is facing the opposite direction to my doodle because I drew the fish onto the back of the plastic in pen.
The fish all sewn together. The fish is facing the opposite direction to my doodle because I drew the fish onto the back of the plastic in pen.
I painted over the fish with black acrylic paint to add more depth (the same as the painted pages above).
I painted over the fish with black acrylic paint to add more depth (the same as the painted pages above).
The finished fish collage.
The finished fish collage.

The Finished Fish Collage

Fused Plastic Fish Collage
Fused Plastic Fish Collage | Source

Make Your Own Padded Envelopes

Stitched Plastic Envelope
Stitched Plastic Envelope | Source

Stitched, Padded, Plastic Envelope

I made the envelope, shown opposite and below, by "collaging" pieces of the plastic pages similar to the ones above. Basically I just sewed everything in place, making a very solid rectangular padded piece.

I then folded the plastic piece so that one half was longer than the other half. I stitched paper onto the very top part of the longest side for a return label. I then stitched another piece of paper lower down on the longer side to be the address label.

I stitched down the length of the shorter half on both sides. I then had a padded envelope with a flap.

In the image above, the envelope folds over just above the "T" and below the flap part is everything above the orange strip.

Image: Plastic, padded, stitched envelope (with address censored).

A Doodled Explanation

How to make a plastic envelope
How to make a plastic envelope | Source

Sewing Your Plastic

Upcycled Washbag
Upcycled Washbag | Source

Plastic Bag Wash Bag

I loved the idea of the make-up bags that were featured on an Etsy video and decided it would be fun to try to make something useful out of my plastic experiments.

I decided that I'd go a little bigger than a make-up bag and make a wash bag for taking on holiday.

All this took was 2 sheets of laminated plastic, a zip, a sewing machine and some thread.

I sewed the zip to the inside top of each plastic sheet. I then simply sewed around the sides and bottom of the bag and I was done.

I even recycled the zip from an old garment.

My Recycled Washbag

Upcycled Washbag
Upcycled Washbag | Source

So Many Plastic Bags...

...so little time!

Just don't forget to keep some back to reuse for your groceries!

Upcycled Plastic Stencils

Upcycled Stencil
Upcycled Stencil | Source

How to Make your Own Stencils

I recently bought the book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design (shown below) which features some gorgeous handsewn clothes. The patterning on the clothes is made by using a stencil. Seeing as I couldn't afford the actual Alabama Chanin stencils and I was having trouble locating the proper products to make the stencil I decided to improvise.

I remembered this thick plastic I'd been saving up for a few years with no particular purpose in mind. The plastic came from some old portfolios I had from my college days that had got wrecked from being stuffed too full of artwork.

I whipped out the see-through portfolio plastic and used a permanent marker to draw my own design onto the stencil.

I used a craft knife to cut out all the shapes - this needs to be done very carefully. I did it the stupid way and ended up with loads of little cuts all over my fingers - that was a miserable week or so waiting for them to heal! I thought it would be hard to cut out the shapes but when I had the knife at a slight angle it worked quite well.

In the image below you can see that I didn't cut out a lot of the shapes I drew - I pretty much designed it as I went along and made decisions whilst I was cutting about what shapes I wanted. The smaller shapes would have been too fiddly for me to cut out.

Using the Stencil

In the image below I tried out the stencil in my art journal. I got this idea from Journalartista on YouTube. I painted my page with gesso and let it dry and then I painted pink acrylic over the top. Whilst the acrylic was still moist I laid down the stencil and sprayed water through it. I left the stencil in place for a couple of minutes and then removed it and wiped a damp cloth gently over the page - where the paint was still very wet from the spray it came away leaving the gesso background.

Stencil Design

Stencil Design
Stencil Design | Source

Using the Stencil with Fabric

I used the stencil above to make the fabric below.

My Alabama Chanin Style Fabric

Applique
Applique | Source

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

This is a gorgeous book if you're interested in hand sewing your own wardrobe.

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe
Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design features lots of ideas for making a gorgeous wardrobe from cotton jersey (t-shirt fabric). Patterns are included for dresses, tops, skirts, a hat and some fingerless gloves.

 

Plastic Beads

Melted Bead
Melted Bead | Source

Wrapped, Melted Plastic Beads

I made these years ago to decorate my handmade bags.

I used to love buying beads but that can leave you with a huge hole in your pocket!

These beads were made by wrapping thin strips of plastic bag up with cheap synthetic material. The bead opposite was made with silver plastic bag and red fabric. I wrapped the thin strips of plastic and fabric around a mattress needle and then melted them with a heat gun.

Milk Bottles

Milk Bottle Top Stamps
Milk Bottle Top Stamps | Source

Bottle Top Stamps

I made the stamps opposite with milk bottle tops and fun foam.

These are so simple to make.

All you need to do is glue the fun foam to the milk bottle top and away you go!

I used PVA glue to glue the foam in place which was a mistake. I'd recommend glue gun.

I made these stamps for art journalling but they'd also be great for kids.

Fish Stamps

Stamps
Stamps | Source

Soldered Milk Bottle

Soldered Milk Bottle
Soldered Milk Bottle | Source

Milk Bottle Plastic

This milk bottle was "vandalized" with a soldering iron.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this plastic yet but I think it's a pretty cool texture. The closed-over holes were made by pressing the soldering iron lightly into the plastic and the open holes were made by forcing the iron right in.

Remember: Never breathe in the fumes from melted plastic and don't lean over your work as you're melting. Work in a well-ventilated area. And don't work on your lap!

Plastic Art

Membrane
Membrane | Source

Membrane - A Knitted Plastic Textiles Piece

This piece was made using bottle tops from bubble bath and knitted plastic bags.

The plastic bags were cut into strips, knitted and then melted with a hot air gun. As I was heating the knitted pieces I stretched them out and as they cooled they stayed in the stretched-out position.

The bottle tops were glued into place.

I think if I had these bottle tops again I'd probably alter them in some way by stretching fabric or plastics over the top.

Seraphim - A Paper and Plastic Art Work

I recently started work on another art piece using plastics. You can see its progress in the gallery below.

Seraphim in Progress

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The canvas covered with pages from old books.The edges were covered with little pieces of book pages.Clear plastic bag was glued to the surface with PVA glue.As the glue dries the plastic becomes clear again and gives the piece an interesting texture.I layered a plastic piece on top of the canvas. This piece was made from fused bag handles.I used my heat gun to melt some of the plastic away. I love the thickened lumps of plastic I was left with - and the singed book pages.Here you can see where I've painted gesso over the plastic - the plastic melted away but the gesso was left behind.I love the idea of incorporating these green-colored plastic pages somehow.I added a wash of green over the top of everything - I like the foresty look.
The canvas covered with pages from old books.
The canvas covered with pages from old books.
The edges were covered with little pieces of book pages.
The edges were covered with little pieces of book pages.
Clear plastic bag was glued to the surface with PVA glue.
Clear plastic bag was glued to the surface with PVA glue.
As the glue dries the plastic becomes clear again and gives the piece an interesting texture.
As the glue dries the plastic becomes clear again and gives the piece an interesting texture.
I layered a plastic piece on top of the canvas. This piece was made from fused bag handles.
I layered a plastic piece on top of the canvas. This piece was made from fused bag handles.
I used my heat gun to melt some of the plastic away. I love the thickened lumps of plastic I was left with - and the singed book pages.
I used my heat gun to melt some of the plastic away. I love the thickened lumps of plastic I was left with - and the singed book pages.
Here you can see where I've painted gesso over the plastic - the plastic melted away but the gesso was left behind.
Here you can see where I've painted gesso over the plastic - the plastic melted away but the gesso was left behind.
I love the idea of incorporating these green-colored plastic pages somehow.
I love the idea of incorporating these green-colored plastic pages somehow.
I added a wash of green over the top of everything - I like the foresty look.
I added a wash of green over the top of everything - I like the foresty look.

Using Packaging as 3D art pieces

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Making Rusty Plastic

Plastic packaging comes in some fantastic shapes so I've been saving bits and bobs for some high relief mixed media art pieces.

Opposite and below you can see some packaging that I'm altering for use in a city scape art piece.

To me, this packaging looked like some sort of building or train carriage.

I used tin foil, acrylic paint and oil pastels to make it look like some sort of rusty metal.

Rusty Plastic in Progress

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This piece of packaging was covering some car sun screens and I thought it was the perfect shape for a mixed media piece I want to make. This is the inside view.This is the outside view - covered with tin foil, paint and oil pastel.
This piece of packaging was covering some car sun screens and I thought it was the perfect shape for a mixed media piece I want to make. This is the inside view.
This piece of packaging was covering some car sun screens and I thought it was the perfect shape for a mixed media piece I want to make. This is the inside view.
This is the outside view - covered with tin foil, paint and oil pastel.
This is the outside view - covered with tin foil, paint and oil pastel.

Making a Journal with Plastic Pages

Junk/Art Journal
Junk/Art Journal | Source

Using those Plastic Pages in a Journal

Recently I've been really interested in making recycled journals out of junk. I thought this lens would be a great opportunity to make a journal out of plastic bags.

This is also a great way to use up all those left-over plastic experiments I've made for this lens!

I've mainly used my plastic pages as "binders" to go around my signatures of scrap paper. A few of them have pockets sewn onto them from other pieces of plastic so that tags and letters can be slipped into them.

I'm also going to staple paper and other bits to the plastic pieces - now I wish I had some "rusty" distressed staples to fit in with the look of my journal!

It's possible that I could write onto the plastic pages but I haven't found the right marker for that yet so I've used them as binders.

Journal Gallery

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My cover made from the packaging from an Amazon purchase. The plastic rings I used on the binding were spacers from a spindle of CDs.One of the plastic "binders" in my journal - this one has another plastic page sewn to it to form pockets.I used random paper from junk mail and altered books.More plastic.Page taken from an altered book and plastic from a trash bag.Paper from a security envelope, flier and the baking parchment I used for my plastic experiments.I sewed a plastic pocket onto this plastic "binder".Another plastic pocket.I love the effect that the tape had on this trash bag. I made pockets from an old tag and an old experiment I made using thread and lamination plastic.Another pocket using a lamination experiment.
My cover made from the packaging from an Amazon purchase. The plastic rings I used on the binding were spacers from a spindle of CDs.
My cover made from the packaging from an Amazon purchase. The plastic rings I used on the binding were spacers from a spindle of CDs.
One of the plastic "binders" in my journal - this one has another plastic page sewn to it to form pockets.
One of the plastic "binders" in my journal - this one has another plastic page sewn to it to form pockets.
I used random paper from junk mail and altered books.
I used random paper from junk mail and altered books.
More plastic.
More plastic.
Page taken from an altered book and plastic from a trash bag.
Page taken from an altered book and plastic from a trash bag.
Paper from a security envelope, flier and the baking parchment I used for my plastic experiments.
Paper from a security envelope, flier and the baking parchment I used for my plastic experiments.
I sewed a plastic pocket onto this plastic "binder".
I sewed a plastic pocket onto this plastic "binder".
Another plastic pocket.
Another plastic pocket.
I love the effect that the tape had on this trash bag. I made pockets from an old tag and an old experiment I made using thread and lamination plastic.
I love the effect that the tape had on this trash bag. I made pockets from an old tag and an old experiment I made using thread and lamination plastic.
Another pocket using a lamination experiment.
Another pocket using a lamination experiment.
Fused Coloured Plastic
Fused Coloured Plastic | Source

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      There are so many creative ideas here. I especially like how the plastic pages look! Excellent lens! Blessed

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Gr8fulGirl 4 years ago

      Such creative ideas, thanks for sharing! I just added you to my "featured lenses" list on my newest lens :o)

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      alycat2009 5 years ago

      I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing this. I pinned it too,

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Plus I pinned this to my arts and crafts I love board.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent lens: you developed your topic well, showed it from every possible angle, considered safety in your craft, linked to other valuable resources, used highly original content and gave other lensmasters the opportunities to share their work as well. And your upcylcing topic is timely and important. That plus the fact that you used a 250x250 photo got an angel blessing from me and inclusion on my own lens: Squidoo Lenses I wish I'd Written.

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      Wow...I didn't know that you could recycle plastic into such great stuff. I can't wait to trying some of these suggestions with my empty bags. Thank you for sharing.

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      Fantastic! I didn't know that old plastic could turn into such artistry!

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      kellys5stars 5 years ago

      All I can say is...

      WOW!

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      simoza01 lm 5 years ago

      Very creative .. welldone ...

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Very good - excellent lens!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is not only creative but environmentally good as well.

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Really cool stuff!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I thought most of these techniques and projects would be beyond me but then I reached the milk bottle tops, and just maybe... It's really good to see Tesco and Sainsbury's bags being put to good use.

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I can't wait to wade in and do some creating. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Great lens.

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      What a great idea, very novel and your lens is lovely.

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      jfjones1 5 years ago

      You have to be very creative and patient to do these crafts. This is something that I have never thought about. This is a very interesting and detailed lens.

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      coincrazy98 5 years ago

      Great lens with some great recycling ideas!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Excellent lens and ideas for recycling plastic. Thanks for sharing. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Clever stuff, great lens! Blessed.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love your journal cover! What a wonderful way to reuse/recycle and be very artistic at the same time. Great article! :)

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel Blessings for a superb explanation about getting rid of the dreaded plastic. Well done and thanks!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      These are super cool ideas. Thank you!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I too have a lot of plastic bags. I will try your ideas

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Very interesting ideas for plastics here! Thanks! blessed!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Amazing ideas, still it is pretty sad that recycling is not very important just yet in Eastern Europe, however hope remains :) Thank you so much for the tips!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, very informational! I hope it gets more people to recycle.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I try to repurpose or recycle everything.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I love the fish collage. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Fabulous... all of these upcycled plastic inventions. Love your creativity. My favorite is the mailing envelope. How amazing it would be to receive that in the mail. It would be totally memorable.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      You always come up with the most original ideas!

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      Truly, amazingly wonderfully, creative. You are such a talent. Blessed!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      You are really creative! I'm impressed with all the things that you have made.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent ideas and a wonderful lens too. Plastic bags are so frustrating, they last for ever and they accumulate too if you are not careful.

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I love collecting bits and bobs to recycle in my crafts and now I can do the same with plastic, which is great because there is so much in packaging these days, it will be wonderful to be able to actually do something with it other than throw it away!

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      MerandaJade 5 years ago

      Amazing! Hard to believe that they start with a plastic grocery bag. Very creative!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      This is astounding. I love your projects. keep it up1

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      So creative! I will be back to make good use of some of these recycling plastic crafts. Many thanks!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Cery creative jenga lens. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      This is very interesting! I like to upcycle furniture and décor but this gives me another route too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      An amazing collection of ideas and how to's for recycling and upcycling plastic for craft projects galore...I think you were adding some as I was reading. Teachers should love this for projects with students that are low cost, environment friendly and just cool! A great Jenga Challenge and blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You are much more creative than I could ever be. Quite interesting.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow, what interesting projects and who knew you could do this!?! Well done!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Such amazing upcycled plastic ideas! Congratulations on this amazing article!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      After visiting this page, I'll never look at plastic bags the same again. lol.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Aren't you creative! Fabulous ideas.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What imaginative ways of using plastic. Blessed.

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      cabletiesandmore 5 years ago

      Very artistic ! till date I knew these plastic bags are a big big problem and never expected any such innovative idea with such a beauty. Thanks for sharing this... though I am not at all an artist but still I will try to add some beauty to my waste things. Wish me good luck :)