I absolutely love decorating my home in creative ways. It allows me to express my style and personality through the space I live in. One of my favorite DIY projects is repurposing used plastic bags, as they can easily be transformed into chic home accents. In this article, I will provide an in-depth guide on how to give plastic bags a second life by turning them into beautiful home decor.
The first step is gathering the required materials. Here is what you will need:
Used plastic bags – Grocery bags, shopping bags, dry cleaning bags – collect them over time. Try to get thin, lightweight bags without prints or logos.
Scissors – Sharp scissors will make cutting the bags smooth and easy.
Ruler – To measure and cut straight lines and strips.
Pencil – For tracing any templates.
Double-sided tape – To join bag strips together.
Glue gun – For adhering embellishments like buttons, beads, sequins.
Embellishments (optional) – Buttons, beads, sequins, lace – to decorate the finished products.
Making Plastic Bag Strips
Once I’ve collected enough bags, it’s time to prep them. Lay a bag flat and cut off the handles and any printed sections. Then, using the ruler and scissors, cut the bag into strips about 3/4 inches wide. Try to cut in straight lines to get even strips. Repeat with all the bags.
These strips are the basic material that can be woven, braided, or tied together into home decor items. Having a big pile of them ready to go streamlines any project.
Weaving Strips into Baskets
One of the easiest ways to reuse plastic strips is weaving them into baskets. It’s a beginner-friendly project that results in baskets perfect for organizing or decor.
To start, take five strips and tie them together at one end. Space the strips about 1/2 inch apart. Next, weave another strip over and under the five vertical strips. Pull it tight after each weave to keep it snug.
Continue weaving strips horizontally, alternating going over and under the vertical pieces. Once the basket is your desired size, tie off and trim any excess strips. Decorative embellishments can be glued on for extra flair.
Braiding Strips into Coasters
Braiding plastic strips creates pretty spiraled coasters ideal for dinner tables.
To make them, cut strips twice as long as you want the coaster diameter. Take 3 strips and secure one end together. Then, braid the strips by overlapping them – left strand over middle, right strand over middle.
Keep tightly braiding until you reach the desired length. Finally, tie off the ends and trim. For durability, add a layer of felt to the bottom before embellishing the tops with buttons, beads or embroidery.
Tying Strips into Bowl
With its overlapping design, this tied bowl is quick to make.
Start by cutting strips of varying lengths – both short and long. Next, take a strand and tie it into a knot. Then, tie another strip halfway down the first, creating a cross shape.
Continue tying strips at alternating angles, working outwards in a spiral. Overlap the edges slightly to cover gaps. Once your bowl is the wanted size, knot and trim the ends. Use it to hold keys, potpourri, or trinkets!
There are endless possibilities for repurposing plastic bags into home decor. Some other ideas include:
Woven trivets – Protect tabletops from hot dishes.
Hanging planters – Display air plants or succulents.
Garlands and wreaths – Brighten walls, doors, mantels.
Poufs and ottomans – Create extra seating.
So don’t throw away those plastic bags! With a little creativity, they can be transformed into beautiful and functional home accents. The next time you’re looking to decorate on a budget, grab your pile of leftover bags and make something unique.