Introduction: Melt Plastic Bags Into Tea Light Candle Holder

I wanted to see how I could transform everyday plastic bags into something else.

This is a neat way to reuse them, but it's really bad for your body / environment.

The fumes from baking this made me nauseous!!!!!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

You need:

  • A baking sheet
  • A container to mold your plastic bags in x 2 --> use ones that can stack on top of one another
  • Foil
  • Plastic bags

Step 2: Bake Your Plastic Bags

  • Line your baking sheet with a couple pieces of foil, just so the plastic doesn't melt onto the sheet.
  • Place plastic bags onto sheet.*
  • Set the oven to 350 degrees F and put in oven.
  • *Tip: Tie the plastic bags into knots so that they're not all over the place and are more compact.

Step 3: Setting Up Mold

  • After the bags look sufficiently melty, take your baking sheet out of the oven. You might have to do this a couple of times to get the amount of melted plastic you need. So either use a lot of baking sheets or use a deep dish to hold your plastic bags in.
  • Get your mold ready:
    • To prepare your mold, line it with foil!
  • Using chopsticks, tongs, or gloves, transfer the melted bags into the mold.

Step 4: Molding Part 2

  • Place another sheet of foil on top of the melted plastic in the mold.
  • Press down with your hand..
  • Then, use a container that fits into your mold (in my case, I used an identical tart tin) to press the plastic bags into the container holding your melted plastic to form a bowl.

Step 5: Molding the Part That Holds the Candle

  • After pressing the melted plastic, take off the top layer of foil
  • To create the part that holds the candle, I used a beer bottle to press into the melted bags again. Do this while it's still moderately warm and pliable.

Step 6: Freeze

Place everything into freezer so it can harden!!!

Step 7: Final Steps

Take out of freezer and use exacto to trim wayward parts off.


Place the tea light into your new candle holder~~~