10 Upcycled Plastic Grocery Bag Crafts

Fused Plastic Bag Placemat

If you have plastic grocery bags in your house, don’t feel guilty! Take charge instead and try some of these plastic grocery bag crafts to make those single-use plastic bags usable again.

1. Easy Place Mat – It’s super simple to create a set of reusable place mats from reclaimed plastic bags.

2. Make Plarn – That’s plastic bag yarn. You can use it to knit, crochet, or even weave!

3. Roll Up Some Beads – You’ve seen rolled paper beads, but did you know you can also use plastic bags to make rolled beads?

4. Do Some Weaving – Have you been wanting to play with plarn but can’t knit or crochet? Check out these resources for weaving with plastic bags – no previous experience necessary!

5. Create Coasters – Like the place mats, it’s super simple to make coasters from fused plastic bags.

DIY Crinkle Toy

6. Make a Crinkle Toy – Crinkle toys are great educational toys for babies, and you can use an old plastic grocery bag to make that crinkly stuffing!

7. Crochet a Basket – My friend Genevieve made an awesome plarn basket from old plastic grocery bags.

8. Gigantic Christmas Tree – This art piece is a statement about the consumerism surrounding Christmas, and you could easily re-create it! You’d just need a base, a dowel, and twine.

9. Fused Plastic Plastic Bag – I love Betz White’s plastic tote made from single-use plastic grocery bags!

10. Whip up a Headband – Fused plastic makes a super cute headband!

Have you guys done any fun projects with old plastic bags? Tell us about them in the comments, or you can drop a link to your project in our monthly Green Crafts Showcase!

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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