Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Birthday To Lessology!

Hello Everybody!

 I am super excited about this project I made for the challenge at Lessology! They turn 1 this month! Yay! Also, this is the very first challenge blog I participated in. A whole new world! 

Speaking of challenges, I am entering the gift bag into the following:

Lessology #18: It's a Wrap!

Recycle, Re-Purpose & Reuse: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

Anyways let me show you the gift bag I made out of plastic bags.  This first picture is the gift bag with a tag made out of cardboard from a box.  And it's "dressed up" with the tissue paper.

Here's the bag not "dressed up."  It's made out of plastic grocery bags and Modge Podge.  Scroll down, and I'll show you what I did! :)

I used white plastic grocery bags.

I colored them using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.  I used brights red, yellow, and blue.  I used the felt applicator to paint the bags (back of the bags actually, the front has the store name).

I cut strips out of the bag.  Initially, I wanted to weave it.  But that isn't as easy as it sounds.  So I had to go plan B.  I blew up a balloon and in a paper mache fashion glued the plastic strips to the balloon.  I probably did 4 or 5 layers.  Then I hemmed the top on my sewing machine.

I took the back of 3 bags and rolled each one.  Then I painted each one red, yellow, or blue and braided them.  I did this for each handle.

Here they are before I braided them.

My son held one end while I braided each handle. :) (hence the playdoh in the background)

And that's my repurposed plastic bag-gift bag :)  Until next time my's party time! :)


Desire Fourie said...

This is beautiful. Lovely colours and embellishments. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Lisa Carroll said...

So very genius and creative! Good on you to repurpose and re-use the plastic bags! :) Thanks for joining us in the 'Anything Goes!' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

Brenda said...

What an interesting idea!!! Great recycle!

Mynn xx said...

This is totally amazing, Katy! MUST try this sometime!!! :)

Lynnda said...

WOW this is such a brilliant idea... its so easy...and almost all household would have plastic bag!!! Must try.... really amazing!!! Its beautiful... too.... thank you so much for playing along with US over at LESSology.... hugs...xoxo

Shahrul Niza said...

AMAZING!!!. How gorgeous it turns out :). LOVE the colors and the braid!. Thanks for playing along with us @ LESSology! :).

Carly said...

Very neat project! You are so creative!

Thrift Peddlers said...

Cathy, I love your recycled Grocery bags, such a fantastic idea and I loved reading how you did it. Thank you for joining us on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.
:) Chris / CS Designs

yyam said...

Oh wow! This is super amazing Katy!
I love the happy colours and the awesome use of plastic bags!

Thank you so much for joining us at LESSology! :)

Linda said...

Very clever! I love that your recycled plastic bags this way. So amazing!
Thanks for joining the LESSology challenge this month with your amazing idea.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Seriously AMAZING!!!!!!! I love love love love this!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology!!