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Published on January 19th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

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Reader Question: 5 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags!

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Reader Question

Before we get into 5 ways you can recycle plastic bags, I want to encourage you first and foremost to use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic bags. However, there are those days when we forget our reusable ones, and I know not all of our friends and family use reusable grocery bags. With all of that said, here are five unique ways to reuse plastic bags:

DIY Reuse Plastic Bags

1. Plastic Bag Crochet

There are so many incredible projects that I could highlight that involve crocheting with plastic bags! Some of my favorite tutorials are Crochet a Plastic Bag by Plasticbagbag.com and Crocheted Plastic Bag Placemats by Creative Jewish Mom. These sites feature tutorials on how to make a purse and placemat from plastic bags. There are so many color possibilities and both the purses and placemats could be a wonderful conversation piece! We have our very own tutorial on how to make your own “plarn” (plastic yarn) from plastic bags as well!

Next>> Recycled Plastic Bag Wreath by Under the Table and Dreaming

[Photo Credit: Eco Shopping Bag via Shutterstock]

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



  • Linda

    Your idea is fantastic! What are your other four DIY’s with plastic bags????

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      They’re on pages 2-5! ;)

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