Plastic Bag Craft Ideas
It is very important that plastics be recycled, because most are not biodegradable. Plastic bags are in abundance in most homes. It's a good idea to switch to reusable shopping bags, but put the plastic bags already on hand to good use, or use friends' bags to make recycled items. Plastic bags can be recycled in crafts by crochet, weaving, or braiding the bags.
Those who crochet can use plastic bags in place of yarn. The bags are cut open at the bottom and the handles are removed to yield a flat piece of plastic. Once the plastic bag is smoothed out flat, it can be cut into strips. These strips will work in most crochet projects calling for a bulky yarn. An M size crochet hook works well for crocheting plastic bags. Also, because plastic is used as the yarn, the crafts will stand up well to weather and moisture.
For those who do not crochet, the plastic bags can be used by snipping off the handles and rolling the plastic into long ropes of plastic. These ropes of plastic can be weaved to make rugs, shopping bags and tote bags. For crafters that like to braid, the plastic bags can be braided into ropes and dog leashes.
Plastic bags have been banned in some countries due to their negative effects on the environment and wildlife. Do your part and discontinue using plastic bags. Also, try out some of these craft ideas for putting the bags already in existence to good use.