Craftiness, Green things

Plastic Bag PomPom

14 March, 2013

I have been getting my craft on with plastic bags recently, playing around with some flower and pom pom type things with a Spring / Easter vibe. Who would have thought they could be so much fun? Pom pom recyle plastic bagDespite ALWAYS refusing plastic bags at the shop, we still manage to have loads lying around. Our online grocery shop comes with them – annoyingly sometimes with 1 or 2 items in (GRRRR) and sometimes I even pick particularly pretty ones up as they float around the street.

The colours are often quite vibrant and if you are looking for thrifty decorations or child play things plastic bags are a winner. (Um. Once they are made into something. Probably not ideal to give toddlers a bunch of plastic bags to put over their heads. What is with tots wanting to do this? Ramona thinks plastic-bag-on-head it is the best thing ever…)

I have rejected the traditional pom-pom making method. I’m sorry, but YAWN! In and out of that cardboard hoopy loop- life is TOO SHORT.

Here is the lazy persons guide to pom pom making with a plastic bag.
pompomChose a brightly coloured bag and chop off the handles.
Make a huge, long ribbon out of the bag by cutting into it, 1cm wide, spiralling round and round. (As you would peel an orange when you try and get a continuous peel so you can get the initial of who you are gonna marry. You don’t do that?)

pompom1Once you have your loooong ribbon take a piece of cardboard, mine was 6 cm long, 4 cm wide, and wrap it round and round and round as evenly as possible.

pompom2Once you have wrapped it all around, hold it securely and push out the cardboard.
Tie a belt around the middle.

pompom scissorsTake your schnizzors again and snip through the looped plastic on each end.
Fluff it all out into a pompom!
It made need a few snips here and there to make it all even.
Tada!Pom Pom grocery bag spring craft

Have you got any recycled Spring crafts on the go?

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  • fivegoblogging 14 March, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    LOVE IT!
    I am going to get the small ones in this house to make some at the weekend for easter decorations 🙂

    • Lucy 14 March, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Cool, using wool on pompoms seems like a bit of a waste when you can use so many other things, eh x

  • Jen aka The Mad House 14 March, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Dead cool!

  • Lucy 14 March, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I think they’d look ace in a big bunch- or good on one of your seasonal wreaths! x

  • Carolyn 14 March, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Love this idea… gonna definitely give it a go with my girls.

    I used your lavender body scrub idea as a mothers day gift and it went down pretty well… even made some up for myself. lovely! 🙂
    I posted it on my blog… if you fancied a peak:

    thanks for all your inspiring ideas. x

    • Lucy 14 March, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you for your lovely words! Your blog is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for sharing it X

  • Jen 18 March, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I am making some of these! I made a wool pompom the other day with by BigSmall and had forgotten quite how tedious it was. I was going to try the wool method but use plastic bag strips, but now I’m going to do this instead! Great-thankyou so much 🙂

    • Lucy 20 March, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Oh there is NO turning back from the new method!! It is so, so much quicker 🙂

  • Lucy 31 March, 2013 at 6:33 am

    OMG I love these! I’ve been making paper pom poms for all sorts of decor for years but never thought about plastic bags. Brilliant.

    • Lucy 1 April, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Paper ones? Ooh, do yuo have them on your blog? x

      • Lucy 14 April, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        I have little bits and bobs about them but I’ll do a post with how to make…

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