Crafty Reuse: Shower Curtain Liners

Last week, commenter Robyn asked about crafty ideas for reusing an old shower curtain liner. What a great question! It turns out there are several ways to reuse that old shower curtain liner.

Re-nest suggests using tarps to kill weeds in your yard. Why not use an old liner place of the tarp? Just weigh it down with bricks over the problem area on a sunny day. The plastic liner will trap the heat from the sun. There’s a good chance you’ll kill any other plants underneath there, so this is probably best if you’re clearing an area to plant a garden bed.

But that’s just the beginning! Check out these other crafty ideas for that old plastic shower curtain or liner:

  • Essortment shows you how to create a mini greenhouse! All you need is a discarded cardboard box, your curtain liner (use this for the plastic the project calls for), a coat hanger, dirt, seeds, and water.
  • Over at Dollar Store Crafts, Kitten Muffin from Filth Wizardry turns a shower curtain liner into a play mat using just the liner and some permanent markers.
  • You can also cut up the liner and use it in sewing projects in place of oil cloth – maybe to make a waterproof beach bag? You’ll want to switch to a heavy needle and back your project with tissue paper to help the liner feed through your machine. When you’re done sewing, you can just tear the paper away. Try a little bit of a longer stitch length, too. Otherwise, you might just create a perforated line on your liner that tears easily.
  • You might also try cutting the liner into fun shapes and decoupaging them with different materials to make a mobile like the one by Denise Carbonell in this post. Book or magazine pages would work really well. Maybe a combination of both?

I’m sure there are lots of other uses for these things, too. Have you incorporated an old liner into a crafty project? Spill it in the comments!

Image credit: Creative Commons photo by House of Sims

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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