D.I.Y Plastic Bag Craft
Get crafty with plastic bags! Today’s post explores DIY Plastic Bag Craft, a fusion of traditional craft techniques like embroidery, crochet and braiding with the everyday plastic grocery store bag. I’ve gathered a pick of 6 awesome ideas to get your hacker juices flowing…First out are the awesome embroidered grocery bags by artist Josh Blackwell. They might not be very practical, but they’re insanely inspirational nevertheless. I can really envision Josh’s pretty embroidery patterns working well on regular (textile) totes as well, can’t you?
There’s something very poetic about turning plastic bags into something as pretty as this…
Artist Virginia Fleck works exclusively with recycled plastic bags, forming them to stunning mandalas using a fusing technique. Her site specific, ecologically conscious art works have been commissioned for several high profile, green building projects including US Embassies and Whole Foods World Head Quarters in Austin, Texas, read more here
Wanna’ get crafty with some fusing of your own, then head to EtsyLabs archive and follow their awesome DIY Plastic Fusing Tutorial (ps. fusing plastics can involve toxic fumes, so follow tutorial carefully and always work close to an open window or preferably outside!)
Pics via EtsyLabs
The braided plastic bag rug below is made by hacky Swedish upcycling designer Maria Westerberg
Going from one technique to another…Crocheting plastic bags works fine too…Pair inspiration from hacky blog MyRecycledBags (who made the tote bag below left) with a detailed D.I.Y Plastic Bag Crochet tutorial from Etsy (below right) and you’re on the way to D.I.Y discovery of a plastic bag tote! A good idea is to start out with a tutorial on how to turn plastic bags into plastic ”yarn”
A considerably more chic plastic bag shoe are the designs by Camila Labra for Botas Dacca in which fusing bags with heat has acheived a thick resilient sheet of polypropylene retaining its water-proof, light-weight and non-toxic qualities.
Good Luck Hacking!