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Recycle Plastic Bag Craft
Okay, I’m not sure if this is toxic or not , so my disclaimer : Try this at your own risk, I will not be responsible for any bodily harm be it chemical-wise or flame-wise. Or any potential fires too.
I’ve seen these plastic fusing tutorials on the web for some time now ( here is one ). There also is a non-profit organisation in India that recycles plastic bags into really nice handbags. I want to try it out , so I am going to start small.. drink coasters…

For this project, you’ll need:
thin plastic bags ( one with nice illustration ; one colored ; one plain white )
iron
A4 printer paper

Posted by saltybkk from Bangkok, Thailand • Published See saltybkk's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a recycled coaster. Plastic Bag Drinking Coasters - Step 1
    Step 1

    From the white plastic bag, cut out 6 layers of the same size. ( You will need to trim the finished project, so leave some allowances ) Next , cut some stripes from the colored bag, and also the illustration from the last bag. I’m using Mr. Bun’s logo here, isn’t he cute ?

  • How to make a recycled coaster. Plastic Bag Drinking Coasters - Step 2
    Step 2

    Arrange the color stripes on top of all the white plastic cuttings.

  • How to make a recycled coaster. Plastic Bag Drinking Coasters - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place the illustration on top.

  • How to make a recycled coaster. Plastic Bag Drinking Coasters - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now place a clean piece of paper on top. Set the iron to the lowest heat setting ( nylon ) and iron it back and forth for 2-3 minutes. ( notes : if you use paper with prints, the prints will be transfered onto the plastic sheet; the illustration will run, so if you lift the paper up, make sure you put a clean portion of the paper back on or it will smudge the plastic sheet ; if holes formed, it means the iron is too hot. you can try to repair it by placing another layer on the bottom )

  • How to make a recycled coaster. Plastic Bag Drinking Coasters - Step 5
    Step 5

    When it’s fused, the flimsy plastic sheets will then harden into one single layer.

  • How to make a recycled coaster. Plastic Bag Drinking Coasters - Step 6
    Step 6

    Trim, and enjoy your new drink coaster !

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sweetsundae0
sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
wow that is cool Happy
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Kate M.
Kate M. · Watford, England, GB
I have done plenty of plastic bag fusing making jewellery etc. With multiple layers you want a slightly lower heat so it doesnt burn the top layer but still fusing all together. If you leave it on too long you will get holes (which can be interesting)It often only take a few passes over the plastic. I put paper on top and underneath my plastic. Also let it cool a little before you remove the paper. You will hear crackling as it separates itself from the plastic. Hope this helps. Have fun Happy
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saltybkk
saltybkk · Bangkok, TH · 9 projects
I think the heat is set too high, try to use the lowest heat settings. It takes some time for the layers of plastic to fuse together.
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Anton S.
Anton S.
I have no clue what I'm doing wrong the iron either melts and shrinks it or the layers don't stick together. Can you turn up the heat higher if you have a sheet of paper between the iron and the layers of plastic
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Anton S.
Anton S.
I have no clue what I'm doing wrong the iron either melts and shrinks it or the layers don't stick together. Can you turn up the heat higher if you have a sheet of paper between the iron and the layers of plastic
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tatty.craft
tatty.craft · Lincoln, England, GB · 5 projects
tracing paper on top might work better as it isnt dangerous on the iron and wont stick Happy
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Luna's acesorios Lucii desu(L)
how cute:3
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erikaerikaerika (:
erikaerikaerika (: · 4 projects
I tried it and it wouldn't stop sticking to the paper and there were a bunch of holes in the plastic. What am I doing wrong?
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PinkStar
PinkStar · Painesville, Ohio, US
I never saw Mr. Bun before but he is a cutie!! =)
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Sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla · Manchester, England, GB · 16 projects
I love these! Sorry if I'm being dim (!?) but do you need to put paper underneath the plasic bags too, or won't it just stick to whatever surface you're ironing on? help! Happy
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