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Fused Grocery Plastic Bags

Fused Grocery Plastic Bags

April 14, 2009 /
Recycle Grocery Plastic Bags

Do you have the habit of keeping your grocery plastic bags? I do, and have plenty of them in my cabinet. I know that I will make a Recycle Grocery Plastic Bags project one day instead of throwing them away into the dustbin and loading the landfill.

I emptied them out on the weekends as there were too many to keep. Looking at them and noticing that some plastic bags are so beautifully designed, it seems like such a waste, so I made this!!!

Recycle grocery plastic bags by fusing them into a plastic sheet for various crafts, you can even sew on them. At this point in time, the outlook of the plastic sheet doesn’t seem appealing to you but it will be great art when you put them together with other material. I am going to use them to make a recycled tote bag!!!

Let me bring you to the tutorial on how to make these recycle grocery plastic sheets. I will keep the recycled tote bag for another post in a few days’ time, so please come back and check for the updates.

UPDATE ***
I have used this fused plastic sheet combined with other materials to make a Recycled materials Tote Bag.

recycle plastic tote

Recycle Grocery Plastic Bags

Material
1. 2 sheets of blank white paper
2. A pair of scissors
3. a thick towel
4. iron
5. plenty of thin grocery plastic bags
6. a well ventilated room

 
Step1

Cut the grocery plastic bags into flat rectangle sheet, i.e cut away the handles, the bottom, and side seams. Stack 6-8 pieces of equal size together. The most top and bottom plastic sheet must be white and blank.

 
Step3

Sandwich 2 pieces of plain white paper in between the plastic pile. The paper must be bigger than the plastic so you won’t iron and melt your plastic and stick on it.
Set the iron to medium heat and stroke across the plastic pile slowly and evenly.

 
Recycle Grocery Plastic Bags

The heat from the iron will fuse the plastic sheets underneath. Remove the iron and press against the pile with a thick towel to let it cool down slowly. Please don’t touch the surface directly as it is quite hot for your bare hand to handle it. As it cools, the plastic pile will harden and shrink a little, you will hear some creeping sounds. If you skipped this step, your plastic pile will shrink and roll up while it cools, as a result, you won’t get a flat plastic sheet.

 
Recycle Grocery Plastic Bags

Take a closer look at how it looks after the fusing. See, they are bonded together!!!

 
Failed

You need to try out a few times to get the right temperature. The photo shown below was my failed trial. The reason being was that I set my iron temperature too high and the plastics were melted and formed holes. If you find that your plastics are not fusing, that means your iron is not hot enough, increase the temperature or stroke it longer.

 

If you have any questions, please do leave comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Good luck.

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