Recycling plastic bags and bottles into bangles

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 4:30 AM

A friend recently asked me if there was an easy way to recycle plastic grocery and bread bags into bracelets and bangles. She spotted some very sophisticated ones (see above) created by Stephanie Huffaker and sold on an Etsy site (Garden of Eden Designs) but wanted an easier method to show her daughter how to make them. The ones at Garden of Eden's site are very beautiful and probably took a lot of time and patience to create. Since I have neither, here's my own version.

I seem to recall posting info about these in an earlier blog but I can't find it so here's how to make these bangles.

  1. Take a plastic bottle and cut out a 2 to 3 inch band. Cut a one side of the band open. (This makes it easier to put the bangle on.) Set it aside.

  2. Cut your plastic bag into 2 to 3 inch wide strips.

  3. Start winding the bag strips around the plastic band until it is completely covered (make sure the windings are tight).

  4. When you come to the end of the plastic strip, add a little glue to it and tuck under the previous wind. And that's my version on how to upcycle plastic bags into bangles!

UPDATE: For instructions on how to make the bangles shown in the first photo, click here.

Categories: Jewelry, Plastics

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Reply gebrichi
6:40 AM on March 11, 2015 
Thanks for your comment. Here's a link that shows you how to make the plastic bag bracelet.
Reply neetu
6:11 AM on March 11, 2015 
I am deaf. I am making bangles. Thank u