Re-gifting is one way to have a greener Christmas, but this plastic bag craft is a lot more fun! There’s so much good about this Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath. The obvious – it repurposes plastic shopping bags to make what looks like a ruffled wreath. I also love the fact that designer Kathleen George added ribbons made from a mesh produce bag. Genius! If you need an all-weather wreath that endures rain, snow, and whatever else old man winter throws at it, then try this Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath.
To make a Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Plastic grocery bags in white, red and green
- Chenille stems, white
- Red mesh produce bag
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Red berry pick
- Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; sharp tool like a wood skewer or knitting needle
To make a Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath:
1. To make the plastic bag flowers (this is very similar to making tissue paper flowers):
- Cut white plastic bags into 170 – 200, 4” x 6-1/2” pieces. Avoid areas with printing.
- Cut chenille stems into 170 – 200, 1-1/4” lengths.
- Fanfold a plastic rectangle, forming a 1” x 4” folded strip.
- Twist a chenille stem around the middle to secure.
- Spread open the fan, and pull up the sides to fluff.
2. After you’ve made 30 or so flowers, you can start to add them to the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Insert and glue the chenille stems into the wreath. If you need a little help making the initial hole, use a wood skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool. As you add more flowers, step back from time to time to be sure your spacing is consistent. For the optimum ruffled appearance, you want the flowers close together.
3. To make the red roses:
- Cut seven, 4” x 6” rectangles from red plastic bags. (Or vary the sizes for different sizes of roses.)
- Fold the rectangles in half lengthwise; the folded strip should measure 2” x 6”.
- The folded edge is the top of the rose; hold the open edges closed with your fingertips.
- Tightly roll up the strip, gathering and pinching at the bottom as you go.
- Twist a short length of chenille stem around the bottom of the rose to secure.
- Gently fan out the rose.
4. To make the leaves:
- Cut green plastic bags into three – six strips measuring 3” – 4” long and 1” wide.
- Cut one end to a point.
- Gather the other end between your fingers and twist a small piece of chenille stem around the bottom to secure.
5. Cut mesh bags into six, 6” x 2” strips. Gather the strip at the center with your fingers and secure with a short length of chenille stem. Cut a deep notch into each of end of the mesh.
6. Arrange and glue the roses and mesh ribbon at the bottom of the wreath. Optional: Add sprigs of holly berries.
7. Twist a chenille stem into a loop, and glue and insert it into the back of the wreath for a hanger.
For a different version of this Plastic Bag Wreath, check out the Autumn Harvest Wreath, also designed by Kathleen. For this wreath, Kathleen cut her plastic bags into small squares, and inserted those into the wreath.
Hands down, Kathleen’s Plastic Bag Chicken is my all-time favorite plastic bag craft.
Do you plan to do any repurposing this coming Christmas season?
Happy Christmas crafting.