A fun way to recycle plastic grocery bags is to make a holiday wreath.
You can make this wreath for different holidays just by using different colored plastic bags.
This is a wonderful project for elementary to middle school aged kids. See the note below if doing this project with a group of kids.
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Get started by watching the video and reading the instructions below:
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THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
Wire Clothes Hanger
Wire Cutter Pliers
Electrical Tape or Duct Tape
STEP 1: MAKING WIRE FORM
* Using the wire cutters, cut straight bottom part off the hanger.
* Bend the straight wire to form a circle by crossing over the wire ends and twisting the two ends together. You may need a plier to twist it. Don't worry if the circle is not perfect.
* After twisting, bend the twisted end down to form a hook and cover the hook with tape to prevent anyone from getting hurt on the hook.
STEP 2: MAKING PLASTIC BAG STRIPS
* Place a plastic bag on the work surface and flatten it. Fold the bag in half and then fold it in half again.
* With the scissor, cut off the bottom and handles of the bag.
* Then cut the bag into 1" wide strips.
* Cut the 1" strips into 5" pieces.
* You may need to cut up more than one plastic bag to create a small wreath.
STEP 3: MAKING THE WREATH
* Tie the 5" plastic strips, one by one, around the wire circle using a single knot.
* Continue tying the strips onto the wir,e pushing them together as closely as possible, until it is fully covered.
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STEP 4: EMBELLISHMENTS
* Leave it plain or embellish it to fit the season.
* Optional decorations: glitter, ribbon, bells, small Christmas balls, fake Christmas plant, stickers, buttons, hearts, pine cones, etc.
The holiday wreath is finished and can be hang inside or outside your home. Or given as a gift to a friend or relative.
NOTE: If doing this project with a group of kids, I recommend cutting and bending the hangers ahead of time and allowing the kids to cut the bags and tie.
Other recycling crafts which may be of interest:
How to make plastic bag yarn
How to make T-shirt yarn
How to make a lined denim bag from old jeans
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