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This is an Easter basket woven  from recycled plastic bags. Easter and Earth Day  are close together this year which gave me the idea. When Easter is over, you can also use it for  other things like mail, toys, yarn and knitting projects, fruit, etc.
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials Needed:
Plastic bags. I am not sure how many bags I used but it was probably around 20.
I had some different colors of bags, the green bags were  from newspaper delivery on rainy days. The pink ones were from a charity donation bag. There are also many white bags used which you don't see, for the vertical pieces of the basket.
Needle and thread- a few steps will use hand sewing
Sewing machine
Iron- for the fused plastic
Wire- (optional)
Glue- (I used silicone construction adhesive)

Preparing your materials:
This bag uses two types of recycled plastic: fused plastic and "plarn". (plastic yarn)
For how to make fused plastic, see my tutorial here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Fusing-Plastic-Bags-the-eclipse-way/

For how to make Plarn, see this tutorial:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Plarn-Plastic-Bag-Yarn-For-Knitting-/
It's basically just long thin strips joined together.

Step 2: Making the base

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Fuse  some large pieces of plastic, they should be 8-ply if you are using standard plastic grocery bags.
Cut one piece into the desired shape and size for your basket bottom. I chose to make an oval, but you could easily do a circle or a square. My oval is about 11 inches  long and 7 inches wide.

Next, fuse another sheet of plastic, 6 or 8 ply.
Cut some  strips that are twice as long as you want your finished basket height.
So for example if I want the sides to be 4 inches high, I cut the strips 8 inches long. The width is about  1/2 inch to 3/4 inch. it's OK if they are not  exactly the same width, but they should be close.
You will need enough of the long strips to go around the circumference of the bottom.
Note:  You should have an ODD number of strips.
HeatherP24 months ago
This is so cute!
Helo12 years ago
Thank you for shaking the step by step your art.