DIY Favorties – Upcycled Plastic Projects

Earth Day is a time to think about how we handle our waste, especially plastic.

According to this article in The Economist, most of the plastic waste produced since the 1950s has been dumped in landfills or the natural environment (i.e. oceans, rivers, etc.). Single-use plastic products such as plastic bottles and plastic bags make up a huge chunk of plastic waste.

Unfortunately, we cannot completely avoid plastic products. However, we can upcycle our used bottles and bags into beautiful things.

If you are looking for an upcycling project using plastic, here are some of my favorites:

Plarn (aka plastic bag yarn) by

Examples of Plastic Bag Yarn - Plarn
photo via


Candy wrapper woven purse by Doodlecraft:

photo via Doodlecraft


A beautiful hula hoop chandelier by Sarah with an H:

photo via Sarah with an H


Flower lights made out of milk jugs by Re-Creations Project

upcycled milk jug lights
photo via Re-Creations Project


Almond milk bottle vases by Handmade Charlotte:

Upcycled Almond Milk Bottle Dolls
photo via Handmade Charlotte


A basket made out of plastic bags by jessyratfink of Instructables:

photo via Instructables


Finally, a recycled plastic bottle greenhouse courtesy of Ideas2Live4:

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse Main Image
photo via Ideas2Live4


I would love to hear from you! Share your upcycling ideas in the Comments section below.

Happy crafting!

Spinster Simone 🙂


Note: Spinster Simone has no affiliate relationship with any of the brands/bloggers listed above. Please refer to our disclaimer for more information.

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