Recycled Plastic Bag Wreath {Earth Day Project}

I have a lot of reusable shopping bags, however I’m the one who is always forgetting to take them to the store with me to actually use. So with Earth Day quickly approaching, this year I am really going to try and take a pledge to remember the bags and say bye-bye to plastic for good. To kick off my campaign I found a way to recycle and reuse all the plastic bags I currently have in the house. Who would of thought those plastic bags could look so pretty?

I started by cutting the handles and the printed {logo} front off the plastic bags.

I then scrunched each bag into a vertical strip and folded half,

and then in half again, making a loop at the top. I used a tiny bit of hot glue to secure the end to ensure it would not unravel.

Using a screwdriver {stick with me – I made this up as I went along} I poked a hole into a 10 inch Dollar Tree wreath form. By circling the screwdriver a couple of times it made the hole a little bit larger ~ the larger the better.

Filling the hole with a good slab of hot glue I stuck in the rolled end of the bag, then went back with the screwdriver to poke in any pieces that were sticking out.

Using my pinking shears I cut the loop in half…

…then the fun part of fluffing.

I ran out of white plastic bags {I only had a few} so I used clear twist tie bags that I had on hand as filler, applying the same folding technique. The clear bags can be found in the food storage section of any grocery store and usually run around $2.00 for a box of 100.

I just adore how this turned out!

The pinking shears add the perfect little ruffle to the edges.

I only covered the front of the wreath form since it will be hanging against a door. The burlap hanger is simply hot glued to the back.

The clear bags give it a little iridescent shimmer.

So pretty for a dollar {the cost of the wreath form as the other supplies I had on hand}

Plus I can proudly say bye-bye plastic…Happy Earth Day!
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Comments

  1. Very cute Stephanie! I love how ruffly it is. This is one of my favorite projects that you have done so far!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

  2. I have so many of these bags lying around. This is sooo perfect as I just adore wreaths! Loving the natural sparkle too.

  3. Brilliant!! It is so floofy and not plasticy!!

  4. Wow, I’m surprised by what it’s made out of, it’s really pretty. Great recycling project.

  5. WOW! Your wreath looks AWESOME!

  6. I have TONS of those bags around my house.. as soon as I finish my paper bag wreath I’m gonna start on this one!

  7. Great recycled project!! Very pretty.

  8. so cool and retro BUT yet so in right now with the going green movement. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

    Thanks

    Natalie

  9. Great idea and it looks beautiful! Love it:)

  10. this is fantastic! I use these bags as small garbage can liners, but always end up with too many to ever use! I’m making this wreath!

  11. Psst! I just dropped in to tell you that I featured you over at Yoga Gal today: :D

    http://yoga-gal.blogspot.com/2010/04/commentpalooza-roundup.html

  12. That is an awesome craft! I just love it. I am coming over from Tator tots and Jello.

  13. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Move over Martha Stewart! You are the modern day Martha…she can’t hold a candle to you, girl!!!! I am so in awe!

  15. Beautiful – and it will last forever!!!

  16. Love it! It would be pretty made out of other colors, too.

  17. That is such a neat idea. One of the most creative projects I’ve seen! Good job!

    Nancy

  18. I love your wreath. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  19. WOW! I never would have guessed this was made out of plastic bags. GORGEOUS! Great way to “go green” too!

  20. I loved how you reused those! They look like they could be fantastic for a wintery wreath too. Very nice.

  21. What a great idea-I might just have to try it on for size. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Too cool! Found your link up from Finding Fabulous, come enter my giveaway if you get a chance!

  23. Love this!!

  24. Very clever! I love how you recycled the bags!

  25. THat is the cutest most clever idea ever!!~ Thanks for stopping by, I linked up my recent kitchen facelift:) Thanks for hosting:)

  26. This is seriously so cute and creative. It reminds me of snowflakes! Glad I stopped by and posted a link to your website. Off to check around!

  27. This wreath is so frilly! I love it! BTW whatta great give-away! I am really striving to be greener! so my fingers are definitely crossed!

  28. What a great ideal, I also sometimes use them for garbage can liners, but have far to many to use. Another way I have found to recycle them is to donate them to our local thrift store. The lady who runs the store is all to happy to recieve them, she said it saved her from having to buy them. Great job.
    Sandy

  29. How beautiful!!! I would never imagine this is from bags. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Lia

  30. That is so cool!

  31. Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring this tomorrow at womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com. Very cute!

  32. What a great project for Earth Day!

  33. I can’t believe how pretty those bags can look. That took great creativity and vision to see them that way. Great job.

  34. Wow! I never would have thought of this! Amazing! I love that it’s the perfect outdoor wreath; totally weatherproof! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday.

  35. A better reuse for those nasty plastic bags than a landfill. Cuter too.

  36. Great recycling and waterproof. – Jane F.

  37. I never never never would have guessed it was from a plastic bag! love it!

  38. Wow. So creative!

    I am starting a new party called “Saturday is Crafty Day” on April 24th and I’d love it if you stopped by!
    http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

  39. such an awesome upcycle proect!!! Yhanx for sharing!!!!!

  40. Wow, beautiful project! I hope you’ll link up this coming Saturday for our very first Saturday Spotlight Linky party!
    http://nv-craftenvy.blogstpot.com

  41. I think this is amazing!!
    I love, love, love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing, I think I’ll have to make one of these for my backdoor.
    Perfect!

  42. I love love this! I love ruffly stuff just like this!!

  43. Hi Stephanie, Good for you making a gorgeous wreath for Earth Day. Easy too. Love the result.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  44. Once again…you ROCK! I love it.

  45. OMG that is awesome!!!

  46. What a beautiful recycled design. I always use reusable bags but my husband always forgets. Maybe I will try this instead of recycling them. Btw, I leave my reusable bags in the trunk so I always have them when I need them. After, I empty them, I hang them on the door knob so that I remember to put them back in the trunk for the next time.

  47. What a great idea for Earth Day- and it’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for the project, I’ll be linking.

  48. This would be neat for a Winter wonderland look I think.

  49. I am one who never would have thought that plastic bags could be so pretty! Amazing. And thanks for sharing it with us at ANYTHING RELATED!
    ~Rebekah

  50. Hi Stephanie!! I featured this project on my blog today. THe link is here:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/04/wednesdays-wowzers-crafting-add.html

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Alison

  51. Wonderful idea! It’s beautiful!
    ☺ Celeste

  52. What a WONDERFULLY fantastic (and BEAUTIFUL!) way to use plastic bags! I adore this idea!

    ps – I added your cute wideget and linked ya on my blog :)

  53. Okay… that is brilliant! Love your wreath. :-)

  54. I love it!!!!
    How inspiring!

  55. Ok…Im going to be honest…I thought PLASTIC BAGS? But this turned out GREAT! Not at all what popped in my head when I read plastic bags! hahaha GOOD JOB!
    ~Bridgette

  56. That looks great. Thanks for sharing at check me out saturday http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  57. Stephanie,
    LOVING this wreath! and how you repurposed some plastic bags. very cool! Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous party!
    Linda

  58. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I tried this project, and linked to your blog from mine, losbows.blogspot.com — love your blog! ;o)

  59. That is REALLY adorable! I have a ton of plastic bags that I usually crochet into VERY sturdy reusable plastic grocery bags, but I’ll have to try this!

    You could even use the brown ones for fall. :-)

    http://www.growingplacesnow.blogspot.com

  60. I’ve seen this all over the place, it’s fantastic!
    Great idea! :)

  61. Stephanie,
    That is crazy cool! How did you ever think of it?! I cannot believe plastic bags can be so pretty! Thank you for adding my button to your post.
    You have a great blog!
    Blessings,
    Traci

  62. Absolutely the best way to use those bags! So pretty too.

    I’m hosting a book giveaway. Stop on over. :)

  63. this is so cute! I am constantly overwhelmed with plastic grocery bags, so this is a wonderful solution!

  64. OMG Stephanie, that’s beautiful! I have GOT to make one for my new back patio!!

    Tania

  65. Great wreath. My mom does one very similar but she ties the strips of plastic bags to a coat hanger that has been shaped into a circle. We’ve also done this with red bags for Valentine’s day.

  66. I see that you don’t need another comment, but I couldn’t resist since this is so reminiscent of my childhood. My crafty and clever Mama recycled EVERYTHING when we were kids, and she made these wreaths from a wire coat hanger frame and strips of dry cleaner bags knotted around the wire until it was full and fluffy. She had so many people that wanted them, she ended up having to buy a roll of dry cleaner bags from our local dry cleaning shop! Back then they came in clear and light green, so her wreaths were just gorgeous!
    Thanks for the memory boost and a way for me to re-use the 800,000,000 bags I have stuffed in my cabinet!!
    Best to you,
    Andi

  67. Great Idea! I will definitely try it!

  68. Wow! Very pretty. I’m thinking I might just have to start “forgetting” my re-usable bags when I got to the store ;-)

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

  69. I have made 3 of these before YEARS ago
    My grandmother told me of this idea, but I tied on each strip around a coathanger ,took lots of strips , but gorgeous.
    A lady paid me $100.00 for one too!

  70. Awesome tutorial, thank you! And the end result is so pretty! I featured your tutorial here:
    http://birgitkerr.blogspot.com/2010/09/recycling-craft-projects.html

  71. I can’t believe that was made with grocery sacks! It’s beautiful!

  72. I was inspired by your idea to make our front-door Christmas wreath and used your photo (linked back to your tutorial), thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

    Aloha,

    Charlie

    Here is the link to mine in case you keep track:

    http://attemptingaloha.blogspot.com/2010/11/blue-and-silver-christmas-day-6-plastic.html

  73. I have so, so many of these bags…I think I’m going to make one of these to put out for the Month of January…It’ll make a beautiful winter(non-Christmas) wreath! Thanks for the idea =)

  74. Loving this wreath! Thank you for sharing your earth-friendly idea. It’s perfect for a rainy afternoon project to use up things I already have in the house!
    XO,
    Rebecca

  75. This is a really cool project…I’ve been trying to find SOMETHING to do with all the extra bags I have on hand!! I’ll make sure to send you a link to the post once I complete the project!! Thanks for sharing!

  76. maybe even add some lights around it!

  77. just brilliant! Love it! Oh, and i love the adding some lights around it idea, too! :)

  78. Wow! I just saw this featured on Roadkill Rescue-I love it! I think it would make a great wintery wreath, too! I love you ideas and am subscribing to your site!

  79. this is a great idea, I can’t wait to try this out!

  80. I’m definitely making this with the 4 year old I watch. I’m going to try and use a small drill instead of the screw driver. I’m hoping it will save a little time. Going to also fill in with bits of left over tulle I have from other projects.

  81. I love it Stephanie!

    It’s just beautiful, easy, cheap. Thanks for sharing. I plan to make these with my 6 year old twin girls.

  82. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on this round-up
    http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/12/50-beautiful-christmas-wreath-ideas-and-insperation-collection.html :)

    Feel free to grab a featured button from my side bar.

  83. Thanks so much. I am new to the DIY world at home with MS since 06/2013. Creative juices are flowing but can’t afford many projects. This one is great and I like you try to use my own shopping bags but forget often and have tons of the plastic ones. I made this and sprayed it with a little glitter on the ends. Really pretty.
    Thanks!

  84. Mary Lou Hackett :

    You can spray lightly with spray adhesive, then sprinkle with glitter. Beautiful. I made these years ago with the sandwich bags and all my family wanted one. Great hostess gifts, too!

        

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