Upcycled Grocery Plastic Shopping Bag Flower Wreath

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Too many plastic grocery bags?  You can make this fun upcycled/recycled plastic bag wreath using bags from the grocery store.  Using an iron to fuse layers of different colored grocery bags together make a really cool leopard effect.  Once you fuse the bags together you can make a number of neat recycled crafts.  This craft makes rosettes out of the bags that can be used to make a really cool looking wreath.

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Here's a Rosette up close:

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Supplies Needed to make a Recycled Plastic Bag Flower Wreath:

  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Wax Paper
  • Iron
  • Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun or glue dots
  • Beads or Gems for the center
  • Styrofoam wreath form or Foam Board

Directions to make a Recycled Plastic Bag Flower Wreath:

  • First cut off the handles and bottom of the bags to remove all seams, then cut your bag open so you have one big sheet (you can choose if you want to cut off the words on the bag or not)
  • Layer two pieces of the plastic together and lay on top of a piece of wax paper.  Place another piece of wax paper on top to protect your iron

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  • Set your iron on a little above medium setting
  • Iron on top of the wax paper leaving the iron in one place for just a couple of seconds.  If you leave it too long you will seal the wax paper to your plastic, if the plastic doesn't melt after a couple of seconds turn your iron up a little.
  • When the plastic has cooled, peel the top layer of wax paper off and add another piece of plastic.  Replace the wax paper and iron again.  Do this until you have 4 layers of plastic melted together

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  • Next cut your plastic into strips, the wider the strips the bigger the flowers you can make
  • Take your needle and thread and run it in and out along one edge of your strip of plastic, this will let you gather the plastic.  Once you get to the end you can pull on the thread and gather your plastic together

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  • As you gather the plastic, form it into a circle until you get a tight rosette.  Use the needle and thread to hold it all together by running the needle in and out of the center a few times until it holds together.  Tie the thread off in the back.

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  • Glue your bead, gem or rhinestone to the middle of your rosette

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  • Make enough of these rosettes to cover your wreath
  • Next take your styrofoam wreath form or using a craft knife (adults only) cut the wreath shape you want out of Foam Board, like we did

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  • Glue your rosettes to the wreath form and glue a ribbon on the back for hanging

Did you try this craft?  Let us know how it went!

Happy Crafting!!  Piggy Giggles


6 comments

  • Comment Link Brenda @ Piggy Giggles Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:36 posted by Brenda @ Piggy Giggles

    About the safety of melting bags, according to this post about melting plastics:
    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/the-very-important-guide-of-plastic-safety

    Melting bags is safe...however not all plastic is safe to melt, so check out the article.

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  • Comment Link Barbra @ Collage Ideas Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:12 posted by Barbra @ Collage Ideas

    As I think more about doing this project, one thing that comes to mind is concern about fumes. Do you know if heating the plastic might cause any health issues?

  • Comment Link Barbra @ Collage Ideas Tuesday, 06 December 2011 01:00 posted by Barbra @ Collage Ideas

    This a great-looking wreath considering it's made from plastic shopping bags. Not only did you make a pretty decorative piece, but you save the environment and on money as well.

  • Comment Link Plastic Scrap Sunday, 04 September 2011 03:56 posted by Plastic Scrap

    Very cool project, thanks for sharing!

  • Comment Link The Zoo Keeper Thursday, 25 August 2011 08:27 posted by The Zoo Keeper

    What a cool idea!!! Great job!!! TYFS!

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