Make a beautiful reef out of recycled plastic bags for Halloween this year. Although I make every effort to remember to bring my reusable bags with me, there are times when I do not do so and wind up with a large number of plastic bags instead.
I usually put them in the recycling bin at the supermarket, but this time I thought I’d utilize a handful of them to make something even more impressive. Upcycle.
Keep all of the excess plastic bags, particularly the colorful ones, that you finish up with and put them away. Any holiday or season that we celebrate may have its own unique plastic bag reef created by you.
(4th of July), and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Valentine’s reef.
Any synthetic or silk arrangement that you make at home will not endure nearly as long as these repurposed plastic bag reefs. They are resistant to fading as well as mildew, and they are waterproof.
Ok, so let’s get to it. In preparation for this specific reef, I kept all of the newspaper sleeves and plastic bag coverings that came with my mail for a whole year. (No, you don’t need that many, and yes, I still receive the paper; I like reading them, and afterward, I use it for a variety of tasks; yeah, and don’t forget the COUPONS.)
Your bags should be sliced into long strips that are about 6 inches broad. If you are using a standard shopping bag, remove the handles from the top of the bag and cut the seam at the bottom of the bag. You will now have two shorter sections that are thin and between 5 and 6 inches in length if you cut the central part in half and then cut at one of the side seams.
You will need three individual layers of these long strips in order to create this specific floral design. Arrange them so that they are stacked on top of one another until they are all the same height.
You may create a wide variety of flowers by inserting additional layers of plastic of varying types (or colors). I was able to get a nice orange bag from Gymboree, which matched the bags I use for the newspaper thanks to my shopping there.
To begin, trim the craft wire to a length of approximately 10 inches. Each bloom will need its own wire. You should start folding it accordion-style with around 2 inches of the width and continue doing so until the full length is folded.
Take your wire and, keeping it flat as you did when you folded it, wrap it around the center while maintaining it in that position.
You will wind up with pedals that have a sharp angle if you cut a half circle into the ends.
Now, carefully peel each layer apart so that they are no longer attached to one another. Your plastic flower will now begin to take shape in this step.
I gave some of them a more personalized look by adhering ribbon to them, while the others got a more frightening vibe with the addition of craft eyes.
Using the same dimensions as the flower, you may fashion a bow out of the material. Simply make a bow with it.
After that, I used some wire to attach the plastic flowers and bow to a wooden craft reef that I had purchased from Goodwill for two dollars.
This repurposed plastic bag reef ended out looking so sweet, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
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