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11 Plastic Bag Crafts

Find some of our favorite plarn patterns and other plastic bag projects here.

Updated June 21, 2019
Plastic Bag Crafts

Plastic bag crafts can be used to make wreaths, totes, flowers, and other great projects!

Ranging in difficulty from kid-friendly to advanced, these plastic grocery bag crafts are for everyone! If you're a crocheter or a knitter, there are several plarn projects included in this collection that you'll love. Learn the basics of making plastic bag yarn, and then use this new material to create a variety of projects!

Beyond plastic bag yarn, we have projects like wreaths and holiday decor that you can make! If you or a child has ever made one of those plastic bag wreaths in gradeschool, you'll see some familiar tutorials below. But those crafts aren't just for kids! Adults will find plastic bag decorations that are quite lovely.

If you're looking for something to do with that massive store of plastic bags you've got in the closet, be sure to check out these remarkable projects.

How to Make Plarn

Plarn crafts are some of our favorite uses for plastic bags because you create yarn that can be used for weaving, crochet, braiding, or even knitting! Get started with our short video tutorial on how to make plarn.

How to Make Plarn

How to Make Plarn Infographic

Bonus! You can also learn how to make plarn with our helpful infographic.

How to Make Plarn Infographic

Plarn Crochet Scrubbies Pattern

Once you know how to make plarn, you'll need some plarn patterns! A plarn crochet scrubbie is the perfect place to start, and we even have a video tutorial as well for this crochet project.

Plarn Crochet Scrubbies Pattern

Recycled Plarn Tote Bag

A fantastic use for plarn is making reusable grocery bags that are sturdier than ever! This is a wonderful, environmentally-friendly crochet pattern.

Recycled Plarn Tote Bag

How to Make a Purse from Plastic Bags

In this YouTube video tutorial, you'll learn how to crochet this adorable clutch from plastic bags. There's also a short overview of Practical Action's method of making plastic bag yarn. 

How to Make a Purse from Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag Flowers

Similar to the way you cut snowflakes out of paper, this tutorial teaches you how to cut flowers out of plastic bags! This is one of the prettiest grocery bag crafts we've seen.

Plastic Bag Flowers

Crochet Plastic Bag Door Mat

Bonnie Mayer, one of the first ever FaveCrafts contributors, explains how she crocheted a door mat our of plastic bags. Although we don't have a full pattern for this project, we invite our readers to learn more about this craft idea. And, if you come up with a pattern, we'd love to share it! Email us at editor@favecrafts.com

Another original contributor, Kay Hutson, shares a great tip for keeping her plastic bag rug clean: "You can clean them by just throwing them in the washer on delicate. Just don't put in dryer."

Plastic Bag Wreath

Plastic bag wreaths are popular for kids to make in school, but as you can see here, you can make a beautiful translucent holiday decoration using this same technique! 

Plastic Bag Wreath

Recycled Shopping Bag Wreath

This shopping bag wreath is an alternative way to make a plastic bag wreath that can be hung any time of year! Simplicity is your friend when you want to make a door decoration for year-round use.

Recycled Shopping Bag Wreath

Haunted DIY Yard Ghosts

Take your plastic bags and hangers and turn them into spooky decor for Halloween! Yard ghosts are easy to make and fun to do with the kids.

Haunted DIY Yard Decor

Recycled Plastic Bag Snowman Portrait

Speaking of holidays, you can make large-scale snowman decor or even a smaller scale project like a card with this adorable craft. Little plastic bag pieces are the perfect medium for making a snow buddy.

Recycled Plastic Bag Snowman Portrait

Sandwich Baggie Wreath

Another take on the plastic bag wreath is shared from our friends at AllFreeChristmasCrafts and is decorated with red ornaments and ribbon for an impressively classy result.

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Sandwich Baggie Wreath

Sweetest Peppermint DIY Wreath

Make oversized, faux peppermint candies using your handy plastic baggies! The effect certainly would not be the same without that perfect finishing touch.

Sweetest Peppermint DIY Wreath

Have you ever crafted with plastic bags? What did you make?

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