April is Earth Month and what better way to celebrate than with new ways to use old stuff. Here’s a craft that I remember from when I was a kid using recycled plastic bread bags and grocery bags. Weave a rug, basket, coaster or mat. Here’s how. I know should probably submit this green craft as a video tutorial or slide show, but seriously, it’s so easy and self-explanatory that you’ll easily get the idea. If I fail to make it clear, contact me and I’ll whip up the slide show tutorial.
All you need for this project is an assortment of plastic bread bags, plastic grocery bags or any plastic bag made with food grade plastic. You will need twist ties for the optional method. Why food grade? Only because this type of plastic is pliable. It doesn’t crinkle, tear or crack easily as other plastic wraps do when twisted. First shake all crumbs out of the plastic bag. Shake them outside for your hungry birds and squirrels. If there is moisture inside the bag, dry it out with a towel.
Gather the bag together lengthwise and twist. Attach twisted bread bags together, end to end, securing tightly with twist ties. You can simply knot the bags together, also. Form bread bag ‘rope’ into a rug by coiling it and securing at various points with twist ties. For an oval rug, begin with one vertical strand, about 10 to 12 inches and wind bread bag ‘rope’ around in an oval shape. For a circle shape rug, simply coil rope around in a circle. Create a bread bag rope bowl or plant holder by forming a basic flat coiled circle and then looping bread bag rope in an ascending vertical shape. Secure rope together at various points as you did with the rug to keep the bowl shape. Another variation using bread bags is to form the rope by braiding bags together, tightly. Secure braided ends by tying in a knot or attaching with twist tie.
Bread bag ropes make colorful rugs, plant holders, coasters, furniture scratch covers, mats and more. Bread bag rugs can be used on any surface that doesn’t get too hot. Some of you crafters and DIY-ers from my generation may remember seeing these pretty ‘green’ recycled bread bag rugs. They are easy and fun for any age group to make. Bread bag rugs make great school, homeschool and senior citizen crafts. I like to make this craft with scout troops and 4H clubs as a recycling and environmentally friendly craft activity.
For more crafts made from recycled materials, visit me at www.greencrafts.blogspot.com. For more on recycling in general, visit my blog at www.ladygreenwise.blogspot.com.