Intro: 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
- A baking sheet
- A container to mold your plastic bags in x 2 --> use ones that can stack on top of one another
- 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.
Step 8: CANDLE TIME
Place the tea light into your new candle holder~~~