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Tribute to Mother Earth
With Earth day coming up, I've decided to dedicate my project # 1 to recycling or should I say up-cycling? I am still confused on how to classify this project:)
We are going to make an outdoor decoration using super marker plastic shopping bags and pom-pom technique. I've learned how to make pom-poms from my Grand Ma when I was only 4 years old and I am still doing everything the way she taught me.

Let's begin.

Posted by V-I-O-L-E-T Z. from Scottsdale, Arizona, United States • Published See V-I-O-L-E-T Z.'s 39 projects »
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  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 1
    Step 1

    You will need two cardboard circles (I am using packaging material), plastic shopping bags, plastic rope, and a spray paint for outdoors.
    The larger your circle the more plastic bags you'll need. In my case for the largest piece I've used 5-extra large shopping bags, 7 - large shopping bags and 73 - regular plastic shopping bags. Total of 85 bags to create 18" ball.

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut your plastic bags into wide strips. Put your cardboard circles together and start wrapping plastic strips around. Starting on the outside, going through the center and around.

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 3
    Step 3

    Keep doing it until the center opening will be completely filled up. That is your sign that you are ready for the next step.

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut through the sides in order to get to cardboard pieces. Insert your blades between two cardboard pieces and cut along perimeter.

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 5
    Step 5

    Spread two cardboard pieces apart. Tie your rope in the middle and remove cardboard pieces.

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 6
    Step 6

    Trim any sticking out pieces

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 7
    Step 7

    and you are ready for your final step - paint. Paint it outside using any outdoor spray paint.

  • How to make a garden decoration. Outdoor Pom Pom Decorations - Step 8
    Step 8

    Enjoy your creation and I have to think about project # 2

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Helli
Helli · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 1 project
hello! this is a gorgeous idea. just wondering - kinda silly - did you use any particular spray paint?
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Sokje
Sokje · Almere, Flevoland, NL · 8 projects
Love it! Great way to use old plastic bags! ^^
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V-I-O-L-E-T Z.
V-I-O-L-E-T Z. · Scottsdale, Arizona, US · 39 projects
Thank you, LollyHappy
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
Wow, your garden is really pretty!!
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SuperCool and Really Trendy
SuperCool and Really Trendy · Bradford, England, GB · 60 projects
I made some 4 halloween out of black bin bags....I made them in2 pom-pom flowers 2!I also made some white ones 4 the chrismas tree.
They r on C+K somewhere
Cath
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V-I-O-L-E-T Z.
V-I-O-L-E-T Z. · Scottsdale, Arizona, US · 39 projects
Hi, Jen
I agree, using a brush would be much eco-friendlier and I hope people who like to make this project will read your post and take it to consideration, thanks a lot. I've used spray paint for only one reason - I gave myself a pledge not to spend any money on my projects and that was the only outdoor paint that I've had but most of the time - I am a girl with a brushHappy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
wooow so pretty, and well done, like it, i will make this too, for my balcony thanks for sharing!
I have painting plastic with a brush just like you only the outside, works great too.,;_D
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