Plastic bags on their own aren't quite strong enough to hold anything too heavy (at least not for an extended period of time), but when broken down into "plarn" - plastic yarn - they can be woven into some very sturdy fabric. This video teaches you how to make "plarn" for wea ...more
Make a Pirs Out of Plastic Bags
With only a few simple steps, you could be on your way to making an eco-friendly and fashionable tote! Put the plastic bags from grocery and retail stores to creative use by fashioning them into a sturdy tote. Step 1: Collect plastics bags Collect at least 30 clean plastic b ...more
Approximately 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per U.S. resident and more than 54 times the number of people who live on the planet. That's why here in Santa Monica, thanks to a city-wide plastic bag ban, you won't ...more
Many Americans save all of the plastic bags that they take home from stores. They get used sometimes, but mostly they just accumulate in some corner of the kitchen until there are so many that you are FORCED to throw some away. If you have this problem, watch this video to lea ...more
Pierce pencils through a bag of water without spilling a drop. No gimmicks or special tools required! This is one of the easiest tricks out there! Not to mention mesmerizing. How does that water not ooze out?!? You'll need some water, a ziplock bag and some sharp pencils.
Need rope, but don't have any. This is a great emergency trick for making rope with plastic bags. This video demonstrates a simple method for converting your used plastic bags into rope. It requires only bags and a working set of hands. It's a easy way to reuse plastic bags - ...more
Cristen Andrews of CRAFTzine shares with us her plastic bag crafts and shows us how to get started with crocheting plastic bags.
How to turn a cluttered drawer or cabinet full of crumpled plastic bags into an organized, neat space.
In this video, Elizabeth Gleeson shows us how to repurpose those plastic shopping bags that pile up around the house into fun crafts that make perfect gifts for the holidays. You can use this new fabric for tons of projects including new purses, wallets, shopping bags or anyth ...more
A plastic bag made out of plastic bags that's stronger than its constituent parts and reusuable for shopping trips? How did we not think of this before? While there's been a green movement recently to upcycle "junk" or "trash" into something usable, like old t-shirts into groc ...more
Let's face it: Despite knowing that we should always carry around our recycled, reusable tote bag to the store to cut back on plastic bags, we've still got a whole closet load at home. It's nearly impossible to always have a reusable tote with you, or enough usable totes for e ...more
Recycle plastic bags! Watch this video to learn from Threadbanger how you can turn those wasteful and polluting plastic bags into something useful. Upcycle them into a laptop case. It's convenient and something you'll always have a need for. So why not? Watch this video and yo ...more
Here is the real answer to the question: Paper or plastic? Join your friendly neighbor for a fireside chat about plastic bags and how Americans consume 380 billion of them a year. If you don't need a bag, don't take one. You can use fabric bags and reuse them over and over aga ...more
Don't throw them away. Here's a way to store your plastic bags for later use in a homemade bag dispenser. Store plastic bags in a homemade dispenser. Click through to watch this video on tricklife.com
Despite the fact that many stores are offering incentives for toting around reusuable bags for your merchandise, many people still cling to their plastic shopping bags. They're convenient, after all, and you don't have to worry about lugging around several reusuable bags to ev ...more
This video tutorial shows how to fold a supermarket plastic bag to save space to store them. If you recycle these bags for you trash bin, you will find this very useful.
In this tutorial, we learn how to recycle plastic grocery bags into a dog leash. To begin, you will cut the plastic bags in half, then cut off the handles of the bags. Next, apply glue to the entire bag, then roll up into a straight line. Continue to do this for several differ ...more
In this tutorial, learn how to make your own fabric that you can use to make bags, clothing and many more items! Etsy Labs technician, Anda Lewis shows you how to fuse plastic bags (from the grocery store or trash bags) in this quick clip. You can even use these bags to create ...more
If you are like most people, you have a lot of plastic grocery bags lying around the house. Most of us end up reusing them as trash bags for small trash cans, doggy-doo pickup, kitty litter box liners, or plastic versions of a paper lunch sack. But for people who want to get ...more
Paper Bags Are Better Than Plastic, Right? Plastic bags gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution. Watch this video to learn how to minimize plastic bag use by using reusable bags for a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle.
There’s a good chance that you’ll be alone in life one day, and no... I’m not talking about a couch-bound, dateless loser with a pocket pussy and a bag of potato chips. I’m talking about alone. In the wilderness. Hungry. Cold. Lost. You can’t stay in one place too long, so it ...more
There's something about the world of steampunk that fascinates me. WonderHowTo has plenty of steampunk projects, like the hardware chess set, binocular goggles, and even a lesson on fashion. But nothing screams steampunk more than nevets_mcd's hard drive case. This case proj ...more
Create a hand bag using a plastic bag with this video tutorial. We really have to do something with these plastic bags, it spoils nature so dramatically. So, first we have to cut the bottom of the bag. Try to leave the maximum of the bag intact. Second, cut off the handles, b ...more
To make mosquito netting, using a plastic bag, you will need the following: a butane torch or a campfire, a lathe, thumbtacks, and a plastic bags. The holes need to be 2 mm or less. Heat up the lathe. Lay the plastic bag on a flat and protected surface. Run the heated lathe o ...more
Think a hot air balloon is something you can only read about in books? Think again. In this six-part science based tutorial, learn how to make your very own hot air balloon using science & the following easy to find materials: plastic bags, plastic drinking straws, thin candle ...more
Ravi Carlson teaches you how to make potato plastic in this video tutorial with glycerin, a potato (or pre-made potato starch), baking soda, and white vinegar. So, don't save plastic grocery bags, or go out and buy plastic materials that will cost you millions, make your own. ...more
Getting back to nature can be an incredibly rewarding experience – unless critters come along and ruin it! Here's how to keep your food from being plundered. To keep your food protected while camping out in the great outdoors, try bringing along a cooler, a cloth or nylon sack ...more
A sous-vide is an "under vacuum," a method of cooking food sealed in plastic bags and then dipped into a water bath that typically takes up to 72 hours to complete. Why cook your food in plastic baggies, you ask? To make sure all the ingredients come out pure and unadulterated ...more
In this video, we learn how to make a vegetarian school lunch with Tamra Davis. First, you need to prepare your lunch box and place an ice pack in the freezer. Now, prepare the lunch by adding a main dish, such as a sandwich, burrito, or pasta. Add in a dairy item, such as che ...more
Spooky Halloween parties necessitate a certain amount of creeptastic spider webs, but the cheap cottony stuff that comes in plastic bags at most retailers feel fake and have been overused over the last few years. Create a Halloween centerpiece that turns a spiderweb into a fa ...more
In this video tutorial from thinklikeahorse you will learn how to Sack out and desensitize a horse. It is about removing fear from the horse and not creating fear. By this the horse learns not to react instinctively to its fear. This also enables you to read your horse. You fi ...more
Take the stress out of your Thanksgiving dinner showpiece when you roast up a moist, golden bird. Learn how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. You will need: 12-14 lb. kosher or self-basting turkey roasting pan with rack aluminum foil large plate instant-read thermometer ...more
Okay, this is one of the coolest eco-friendly projects we've ever seen. If weaving plastic bags into a reusable tote bag is not your thing, then maybe this is. Check out the video to learn how to build a paper turntable made entirely out of reused materials. It's chic, very i ...more
Recyling your used plastic bottles and bags by taking them to the recyling center is a great way to save the environment, but you can turn recycling into a fun project by reusing your soda bottle as a rocket. Watch this tutorial by Make Magazine to see how to launch a soda bo ...more
Check out this video tutorial on how to make cheap dragon wings, controlled by body posture. You can do this project for $18 if you use plastic garbage bags and Scotch tape for the membranes. You'll see how to make very light and strong costume wings. How strong? That strong. ...more
When I think of nuclear power plants, clean, safe, efficient energy isn't usually the first thing to come to mind. Firstly, I think of Chernobyl, where the world's most devastating nuclear power plant disaster happened in the Ukraine. Deadly explosions released radioactive plu ...more
There's no shortage of ice cream recipes out there, but one ice cream shop in London has found a unique recipe to sell to its customers, and of course it's controversial—breast milk ice cream. The Icecreamists make the ice cream from donated breast milk, straight from healthy ...more
Tired of plastic shopping bags everywhere? This instructional video shows a simple, practical, project you can do at home. All you need is a pastic bottle. Tidy up your kitchen from the clutter of plastic bags by making this handy plastic bag dispenser.
Plastic shopping bags are on the verge of extinction with states threatening plastic bag bans. California has already approved a ban, taking effect in 2012, and other states are proposing the same ban, including Oregon. Which is all the more reason to recycle those plastic ba ...more
No ice cream? No problem! You probably have the ingredients at home to whip some up. Watch this video to learn how to make homemade ice cream in a plastic bag. You Will Need * Two resealable plastic bags, one gallon-sized and one quart-sized * 1/2 c reduced-fat or whole milk ...more
Get Rid of that Plastic Guilt! Hip, Hip, Hurray I found organic reusable vegetable bags today. Ran across this wonderful shop called wonderthunder, on Etsy and had to share. I love my farmers market, but I get such guilt when the farmer asks if I want a plastic bag for my newl ...more
Have you ever wondered how to tie a slip knot on your grocery bags? When we go to the grocery store, the clerks always tie the bags in a carrying knot. With this easy to follow video, tying these knots is made easy. Knots always seem perplexing, but now they are easy to do. Th ...more
Keep foods fresher longer with these tricks. Learn how to make your food last longer. You Will Need: * Bread * An apple * Brown bags * Plastic bags * Paper towels Step 1: Keep cookies crisp Keep the treats in your cookie jar from getting stale by putting a piece of bread – p ...more
Don’t toss foods into the freezer willy-nilly and hope for the best! Storing them correctly preserves taste and texture. Learn how to freeze food properly. You Will Need * Masking tape * Permanent marker * Freezer-safe plastic bags and containers * Heavy-duty aluminum foil * ...more
WeaponCollector teaches viewers how to make a mini survival kit using an Altoid's tin. You can get an S.A.S. guide for exact instructions and further information on what you will need in an survival kit. First, you should make sure you have rubber bands around your tin to hold ...more
Make sure your winter wardrobe survives the summer by putting it away properly. Learn how to store your winter clothes. You Will Need: * Acid-free tissue paper * Plastic trash bags, plastic boxes with mesh-type lids, or cardboard boxes * Hangers with clips * A soft cotton clo ...more
Storing your groceries or recent purchases from Target in the provided plastic bags may be convenient, but think of how many people use these non-biodegradable plastic bags and then toss them every day and every year. Help clean up the environment by making reusuable tote bags ...more
Want to have fresh produce year-round? Extend the life of garden vegetables by freezing your green beans or string beans. This is an easy cooking technique you can use, all you need is a pot, some water and a few plastic bags to keep your vegetables fresh for a long period of ...more
It seems like there's never any breaks in air travel when it comes to money. The airfares just keep rising, and now most major airlines charge for all checked baggage, so carry-ons are the way to go. But you need to know how to take it easy with your packing list. Pack light a ...more
Whether it stands for “good old raisins and peanuts” or “granola, oats, raisins, and peanuts,” gorp is a great food for the outdoors. Learn how to make gorp for your next camping trip. You will need: a bowl nuts or seeds, like peanuts, almonds or sunflower seeds granola or cer ...more
Make your own book out of recycled material. You can use thick cardboard pieces for each page. Find some strong tape to make an outer binding. Tape each page of the book down with masking tape. You can then reenforce it by glueing down strips of brown paper bag. Decorate your ...more
Learn how to make a green, eco-friendly grocery bag. This is a great fashionable way to cut down on paper or plastic bags. All you need is some pretty fabric and a sewing machine. Remember this bag the next time you are going shopping.
This video weaving tutorial describes the creative process by which materials are decided upon and how to sequence the fabrics together into the rug. Naalbinding or toothbrush rug making recycles wasted clothes, plastic bags, hosiery, and time into beautiful durable rugs. Watc ...more
Chris Smith discusses the how to on use fresh herbs through out your recipes for a healthy diet. Herbs can be stored in plastic bags for freshness, and can be used to liven up a diabetics diet.
This short video teaches you how to make real ice cream with your preschooler with just some plastic bags. This is a wonderful activity for using measuring skills, scooping and pouring skills, and experiencing a science reaction. The best part is the great tasting ice you can ...more
A subtly sweet melon, cantaloupe is a refreshing summertime snack. See the different ways to cut a cantaloupe, from chunks to slices. You know your cantaloupe is ripe when it: yields to slight pressure, has yellowish skin, has a fresh aroma at the end where the stem was attach ...more
Packing a suitcase so that everything arrives unwrinkled is an art, but it’s one everyone can learn. You Will Need * Plastic dry cleaner bags * Discipline * Tissue paper (optional) Step 1: Save dry cleaner bags Start saving your dry-cleaner bags in the weeks leading up to you ...more
Growing plants from cuttings is an inexpensive way to expand your garden. With patience and the right technique, it can be done fairly easily. You Will Need * Pruning shears * Sand * Peat moss * Plant containers * Plastic zipper bags * Potting soil * Clean container to hold yo ...more
In this video, we learn how to do an animal blubber (fat) glove experiment. You will need: a big bowl with ice water in it, 4 plastic bags, thermometers, and some vegetable shortening. To start, you will take the shortening and scoop it into plastic bag and then stick one of y ...more
Berlin based artist Nils Vöelker's plastic bag installation entitled "One Hundred and Eight" features 108 plastic bags that inflate and deflate by 216 individually controllable computer cooling fans. Völker originally intended the piece to be a giant display screen, but the en ...more