Curbly Original
How to Fold that Hoard of Plastic Bags that Lives Under Your Kitchen Sink

by M.E. Gray

Life Hack: The quickest and easiest way to fold plastic shopping bags

I am pretty good about remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me when I pick up groceries. I walk in the store with my canvas bags, and I leave with my groceries and only those bags (and usually a pint of Ben & Jerry's - don't judge me). No matter how hard I try, plastic shopping bags still seem to magically appear under my kitchen sink. While tiny bags are handy to have around (fellow pet owners may agree with me here), keeping them from looking like a literal wad of trash is tricky. I'm here to share with you a folding technique to beat all others. It's by far the fastest, and definitely the easiest, way to fold a plastic shopping bag.    

Continue Reading

Curbly Original
How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Gray

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

Continue Reading

How to Turn Plastic Bags into a Table Lamp

by DIY Maven

How to Turn Plastic Bags into a Table Lamp

Urban Threads actually turned plastic Target bags into a lamp. I still can't quite believe it even after reading the tute! 

First they fuse the bags. To do that, you'll need the following:

  • parchment paper
  • a scissor
  • an iron 
  • leftover plastic bags

To make the lamp's structure, you'll need this stuff:

  • 6 thin square dowels, about 1/4" thick
  • a small wood saw
  • wood glue
  • binder clips
  • X-acto knife, ruler and pencil
  • You'll need some sort of light source. UT used a battery-operated, stick-up bulb, but they also suggest a lamp kit--with an energy efficient bulb, of course--or a flameless LED candle.

Urban Threads likes to add thread to their projects, so to do that to this lamp you'll need a few more things. They include:

To see how it's all put together, head on over to Urban Threads.

I can't decide if I like the Target bulls-eyes or not. You?

Continue Reading

Plastic Grocery Bag Origami

by DIY Maven

Plastic Grocery Bag Origami

Do you have a plastic grocery bag stash? Maybe you even made one of these or these. Maybe they're just stuffed willy-nilly into another grocery bag. And then, one you pull one out, about six more come with it. Well....Cafe Munchkin has solved that multiple withdrawal problem. Enter plastic grocery bag origami! Basically, the technique is similar if not exactly like folding an American flag. The result, however, is a neat little triangle that takes up a fraction of the space as a crumpled up grocery bag. Ms. Munchkin keeps her origami triangles in a pretty shopping bag for easy access.

Follow this link to see the pictorial how-to. 

Continue Reading

Why Ms. Plastic Bag, You're Beautiful!

by Lilybee

I don't know if Martha would approve, or even how they would look in the cold light of day. But at night? Pretty magical.

Why Ms. Plastic Bag, You're Beautiful!

 

created at: 2009-04-30

These 80 bags o' light were a temporary art installation outside of the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. They would prob'ly be super-easy to recreate, even if you just jammed a few

Continue Reading

Recycled Plastic Bag Chair

by DIY Maven

Recycled Plastic Bag Chair

South African designer Ryan Frank was inspired by a South African crafted chicken ornament when creating this chair. Named 'Inkuku', which is Zulu for chicken, the chair is 'made entirely from plastic shopping bags combining traditional craft techniques and recycled material.' The structure is made of recycled aluminum as well. To see more of Ryan's designs, visit his website. Via.

Chicken ornament inspiration:

 

Continue Reading