Introduction: Grocery Bag Jewelry

Thrift?  Frugality?  Eco-accessories?  Something you can do while being lazy on the couch?  You got it!

This Instructable shows how to make a macrame bracelet entirely out of grocery bags (and a few beads if you prefer).  This same technique can also be applied to making a ring.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Lighter
  • Bottle
  • Beads (optional)

Step 2: Cut Bag

Cut off the bottom of the bag.

Using your index finger as measurement, start cutting a long, spiraled band from the bag.  It won't really curl, but think of it like peeling an apple in one solid strip.

Step 3: Make a Wrap

Wrap the grocery bag ribbon several times around a bottle.  Double check that the resulting circle will fit over your hand.

Step 4: Start Knotting

Leave a "tail" of one end of the wrap exposed, and with the other end, start tying a series of half hitches.

Step 5: Knot End and Snip

Knot the "tail" and the end you've been working with.

Snip the excess.

You can stop here if you like!  Or continue on...

Step 6: Make the Twine

This Instructable does an excellent job of explaining how to make rope/twine out of fibers.  The same principle applies here.

Cut a grocery bag into thin strips.

In groups of 4, start twisting it into twine.

Once you have enough (~12"/30cm), you can snip the beginning end and melt it a bit with a lighter.  This will make beading easier.

If you need extra length:
  • Bundle 4 more strips and overlap with a bit of excess where you've already twisted.
  • Twist the new bundle a few times before adding another bundle to the other half in the same way.  This will keep things orderly with minimal confusion and enough fingers to keep going.
  • Once you've worked through a few twists, you can snip away the excess and continue twisting.
The twine is actually quite attractive!

Step 7: Beading

Thread the twine through the half hitch loops and add a bead between the weaving.

Knot the ends and snip excess.

Done!

Comments

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kjones35 (author)2011-10-29

Just made one, super cute!

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Ninzerbean (author)2011-05-16

Wow! And a pair of these, just t bit larger, would make great handles on a purse made from bags.

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sunshiine (author)Ninzerbean2011-05-18

I made handles by braiding them and it is fine. I have made another one that I haven't published yet but will in a day or two. They make great handles. Have you priced handles at the craft stores? Plastic bags are great for stuff. So glad she posted this.

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AngryRedhead (author)Ninzerbean2011-05-16

Indeed! But the material is a bit stretchy... Still the cost of experimenting ain't much.

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sunshiine (author)2011-05-17

I have been experimenting using plastic bags. This is a great idea. My mom probably would try necklaces with them.

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AngryRedhead (author)sunshiine2011-05-17

One of my mother's friends used to crochet plastic bread bags into rugs, and I think that's what got me started in experimenting.

If you do this, please take a picture to share!  I'd love to see what you come up!

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sunshiine (author)AngryRedhead2011-05-17

Oh yes, I have thought about that. I did use plastic bread bags on a tote for handles. It worked great and actually looked good too. I have it on my page here. The handles were fairly strong because I braided quite a few together.

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AngryRedhead (author)sunshiine2011-05-17

I can't find the tote!

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sunshiine (author)AngryRedhead2011-05-17

I have it here If I am not supposed to do this let me know and I will send a pm and delete this message. https://www.instructables.com/id/MRS-RATTATOUILLES-DE-JEUNER-UN-SAC/

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rocketsurgery (author)2011-05-16

Very tidy... love it!

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Thanks!  I think using the same material for the bracelet and twine helps keep it cohesive.

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ChrysN (author)2011-05-15

Pretty! I'm going to see if I have and plastic bags around. Is that also a ring you make on your finger?

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AngryRedhead (author)ChrysN2011-05-16

Thanks!  And yes!  It flairs out to the sides a bit, but fortunately it's squishy and bends.  I used my thumb as a guide for making it, and it ended up fitting my ring finger nicely.

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