Plastic bags are fused by ironing a few bags together. The material is then be sewn, or cut to make recycled bunting.
Quick, easy, waterproof and good for the environment, recycled plastic bag bunting has the thumbs up from The Junk Wave.
Here's what you do to make your own recycled bunting:
- Take at least two plastic shopping bags (four different coloured bags works well).
- Flatten the plastic bags and stack on top of each other. To vary the end effect, place other pieces of plastic between the layered bags. In the picture I used end strips of plastic food wrapping cut from packets as I processed them for another recycled craft project. You can also use the plastic rounds under the lids of milk or coke bottles (pictured at end of post).
- Place your flattened plastic bags between two layers of grease proof paper (baking paper) and iron with a hot, dry iron (not steam). I count to twenty as I iron a spot before moving across to a different spot. Turn over and iron the other side.
- Carefully peel the paper away from your fused square of plastic bags
- Once ironed, cut your fused plastic bags into triangles.
- Hole punch two holes in the base of the triangle and string all your bunting onto a long length of string.
Very beautiful, trendy, environmentally and economically sound bunting made from recycled plastic bags.
- Be as colourful and adventurous as you want when you stack your plastic bags. I like the eclectic look with a string of different coloured bunting. In the first picture below I used the plastic rounds found under bottle lids. In the second picture I used a plastic bread bag between two plastic shopping bags.
Many thanks to artist, Christine Farkas, of Laneway Art Depot for reminding me about fused plastic bag bunting.