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*As featured on http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com *

Do you have piles of plastic grocery bags lying around? Do you feel guilty throwing them away, but don't know what to do with them? Well over the course of this instructable, I will show you how to turn your bundles of bags into a comfortable, sturdy*, up cycled hammock-style swinging chair. All you need is a little bit of spare time and grocery bags and soon you'll have your very own Up-swing!


*this chair has been tested up to 220 lbs.
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need....

1. LOTS of plastic grocery bags, about 500. You can either do the first steps of this project as you get grocery bags, or else you can ask friends and family or even collect them from grocery stores.

2. 2 carabiners. I used 7/16" Spring Link carabiners from Homedepot.

3. 6 feet of thin rope.  I used 3/16in x 100ft of Braided Nylon & Polypropylene Rope from Homedepot.

4. Someplace to hang it. I attached it to a piece of ply wood held between two beams on my ceiling, but you can hang hooks in a ceiling or hang it from a tree outside.
I love the colored lines on the photos. It made it so much easier to understand! Thanks!!
psbrady11 year ago
Wow what a way to keep plastic off the streets, streams, etc. Super project.
AWESOME!!
I guess one could always make another one after a couple of years if this one deteriorated...
nanaverm1 year ago
I'd think it would be safer to just hook it outside when you want to use it, to avoid degradation from UV rays.
cherriann1 year ago
Recycling and macrame combined! My kind of upcycle project, thanks!
There's an easier way to cut your bags and join the sections:
1) Smooth out the bag on a table and fold it in half lengthwise so both handles are together.
2) Fold it parallel to the first fold several more times until you have a strip an inch or two wide.
3) With scissors, cut off the bottom seam and the end with the handles and discard.
4) Cut sections of the remaining folded bag to your desired width. If the strips used above are roughly 6" wide, you'd cut these to about 3 inches because they'll be doubled. This should leave you with loops or horizontal sections from the original bag.
5) Chain these together just like you did to make rubber band chains as a kid. When you braid ( or knit or crochet or whatever) the knots will be tight and virtually disappear without leaving any loose ends poking out.
JayGeeBSE1 year ago
Beware: in the UK the bags issued by Tesco, and I think those from the Co-op, are biodegradeable. After a year or two they fall into tiny (and very messy) bits. You wouldn't want that in a seat.
kcnoderer (author)  JayGeeBSE1 year ago
Thank you for your comment! I am very glad to hear that some stores are switching over to biodegradable plastic bags, however, the bags I used were made of high-density polyethylene, which are still common in many national chain stores here in the US. While they are not biodegradable, they can degrade over the course of 10-100 years (estimates very greatly, and even 10 years is a long time for a hammock to hold up in general) through exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, a process known as photodegradation. The bags can decompose eventually into tiny particles, however, they may never fully decompose.
As in the UK, so it is in the US. Your swing/basket/hammock/etc. will biodegrade in a couple of years unless it is kept in the dark.
f5mando1 year ago
That would also make an excellent hammock. Brilliant!
njn21 year ago
Looks like fun and a great summer project for older kids.
brypost1 year ago
It's so comfy!
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