Rescue those plastic bags from the dust bin and use them to protect fragile items when you move. By wrapping your breakables in plastic bags, you'll avoid using packing products like styrofoam peanuts that just create more waste. After moving day, take the plastic bags from boxes and set them aside until you need them for another one of these DIY ideas.
Save Paint Brushes & Rollers for Later
If you need to take a break in the middle of a painting project, you don't necessarily need to rinse your brushes and rollers first. Before you dash, wrap your brushes and rollers in a clean plastic grocery bag and put them in the refrigerator to keep them from drying out. When wrapped properly, a plastic bag can keep wet brushes and rollers paint-ready for several hours, giving you plenty of time to return to the project when you're ready.
Protect Your Plants
Make “Plarn” for Household Crafts
If you’re crafty and enjoy knitting or crocheting, you can turn grocery bags into plastic yarn (or plarn) to use in a zillion-and-one projects. Just lay your bags flat and cut across, top to bottom (discarding the handles), to create loops. Knot the loops together to create a long strand of material, then roll the strand into a ball and use it to create coasters, placemats, reusable bags, rugs, plant hangers, or any other creative notion your mind invents.
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Line Your Trash Cans
Create Textured Paint Surfaces
Faux finishers, take note! Many painting and glazing techniques can be achieved with the help of a recycled grocery bag. Cover a clean paint roller with a plastic bag, then roll it in paint and apply to the wall to create a textured effect, or achieve a faux leather look by taking a wadded up plastic bag to a coat of glaze to create random patterns.
Line a Paint Tray
Paint tray liners, the kind that can be slipped in and out of a paint tray to simplify post-painting clean-up, have become quite popular with DIYers. Convenient as they are, you don't need a store-bought liner to achieve a mess-free paint job. Instead, line your paint tray with a plastic bag. Pour the paint into the tray, paint, and (when you're done) remove the bag for effortless clean-up.
Sew Reusable Sandwich Wraps
Sew your own reusable sandwich wraps and you’ll not only recycle your plastic grocery bags, but avoid using plastic ziplock bags. First, fuse several layers of grocery bag plastic together by ironing them between layers of parchment paper. Then, sew your plastic sheet to a piece of cloth—the plastic side will form the liner of the wrapper. Attach some velcro and you'll have a pocket to pack your sandwiches in that is both adorable and earth-friendly.
Clean Up After Your Pet
You can buy doggie poop bags at the pet store, but why would you when you have a steady supply coming home from the grocery store? Tuck your plastic bags into an old fanny pack and bring it with you on walks. You'll have a pet waste bag at your fingertips whenever you need it.
Construct a Mini Greenhouse
You can construct a small DIY greenhouse for propagating seedlings when you pair a plastic bag with a planter. First plant seeds in a 5-gallon bucket, or the container of your choice. Put 3 or 4 sticks into the soil and loosely place a plastic grocery bag over the top. Once you've added your bag, keep it in place by sealing it to the container with duct tape. Once the sprouts are large enough, remove the bag and transplant the seedlings to an outdoor garden or a sunny windowsill.
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