Crocheted items using plastic bags the
newspapers come in for home delivery?
First cut them into strips,
Using a rotary cutter and ruler.
Then cut small slits at the ends
of each piece.
Link them together by feeding one
strip through another strip and then
back through itself.
This should lock them together.
It is suggested you crochet using a
A single strand tends to stretch the
plastic making it too weak.
Using plastic grocery bags,
Flatten the bag out,
then cut off the top portion with
the handles and the bottom seamed
portion. Then cut strips
about one inch wide. or the width
of a ruler! These will actually be
circles when you unfold them.
It is very easy to join them then
by opening up one circle and feeding
another strip through the circle and
then through itself. Just roll in a ball.
Here are some useful links :
The Imagination Factory's Trash Matcher:
Click on the type of waste materials listed to quickly find the
art/recycling activities which call for them.
MetroActive Arts | Art From Garbage
The Creation Station Homepage
"The Creation Station is a non-profit 501(c)3 organisation which
provides a creative outlet for discarded materials. Every day,
thousands of tons of discarded materials are thrown away. The trash
takes up valuable space in landfills, where it will remain for
decades, even centuries. The Creation Station turns trash into
They help parents and educators use recycled materials for science and
art projects, children's activities and more! The Creation Station
offers low cost trash to treasures group activity kits and
environmental education opportunities."
Scribbles - Recycled Art
Children can be taught to recycle from an early age and encouraged
to use their imagination by examining the trash they are going to
throw away to see if it can be used as a resource and therefore
turning trash to treasures."
Trashformations: Recycled Materials in Contemporary American Art and Design
South Carolina Recycles Trash into Art
Craftspeople, designers, environmentalists, architects, engineers and
recyclers -- all talking trash -- at a Revival-Design Camp (trash
Kids Turn Trash to Art: CalMAX Connections, Spring 2000
How the Children's Museum of Los Angeles turned paper, cardstock,
rolls, sheets, etc. into kid's art.