Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beautiful Wreath made from plastic bags


Recycle your plastic shopping bags into a beautiful Christmas wreath!

This was very easy and cost me no money! 
I just added a bow from my Christmas box and hand painted a few words.

I used red and white plastic bags, some even had words printed on them.  I used a white wire hanger for the wreath.

I bent the hanger into a circle shape and folded the part that hangs on the bar into the center. This loop will be used to hang the finished wreath on the door. I did not worry too much about getting my shape perfect. Seriously, after you tie on all the strips of plastic it should hide any imperfections in your shape.

When cutting bags into strips fold in half length ways to save time. I did not measure, just eyeballed my cuts. But , if you need a measurement I would suggest 1 1/2" to 2" strips.
Then, cut the length of each strip down to about 4-6".  I only used 1 white bag and 1 red but have a few on hand in case you want to make your wreath fuller.

Tie on each strip until you feel happy with the fullness of your wreath. I choose randomly white or red and did not worry so much about pattern, but you could count them and create a definite pattern. 

I also used this iridescent gift bag filler to add glitter. I took 3-4 strands and tied them onto wreath after every 4-5 plastic ties. It really made it look festive. I had this in with all my gift wrapping stuff. I can't remember how much it cost me, but you could use anything glittery.

Here is what it looks like from the backside.

 Using recycled mac and cheese box and a little paint I created the words.
Peace, love and joy were painted on white with red acrylic paint.
I then sanded the painted letters to give a worn look and brushed on a coat of modge podge. 
I punched a couple of holes and ties them in place with left over plastic bag strips.

Hope you enjoyed this and will give it a try. Let me know below if you enjoyed this post! And I would love to know if you try it out and how it works out. 
as always,
create with joy, 


covnitkepr1 said...

and it looks so good.
I write and maintain a spiritual blog which I have titled “AccordingtotheBook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.

Lloyd said...

I'm going to try this out. Thanks for sharing. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

Tammy said...

Thanks for the kind words.....its awesome when I can make use of what I have on hand and engage my gift of imagination! :D And yes I will check out your blogs, too. :)