How To Make Plarn
Have you heard of plarn? If not, it is plastic yarn! That is right, it is yarn that is made from plastic. It is also sometimes called plastic yarn or plastic twine. There are different types of plarn that are made from different types of plastic. However most of the time is is made from recycled plastic bags. Just like the ones you get from the grocery store.
While you can buy plarn from a few different craft stores or even sometimes on Amazon, it is not always easy to find. So I like to make mine myself. Not only is it super easy to do, it allows for a great way to recycle any shopping bags you may have from the store.
You can save your bags and add to your plarn a little at a time. Then you can have it for doing all kinds of crafts and gifts. I have used it for many things such as making baskets, jewelry, crochet bags and so much more! So if you are looking for directions on how to make plarn, follow the simple steps below.
Lay your shopping bag flat on a table and smooth out any ridges. Now fold the bag over from the sides, until you have a strip that is about one inch wide. Then cut the handles and the very bottom of the bag off. Now cut strips about a half inch wide, until you have the whole bag cut into pieces.
Unfold those pieces and lock them together by placing them through another piece and then pulling it back through itself. Keep doing this until all the pieces are gone. Use a stick, plastic bottle or piece of round cardboard to wrap it around. I normally cut a small slit in one end of a cardboard tube and then place on of the ends of the long string you just made through it. Or place one end in a plastic bottle, and put the cap back on to hold it in place. Then you can start wrapping it round and round until you run out of string. As you are wrapping it around, be sure to twist it as you go. This helps to make an even tighter string.
That is it! You now have your own homemade plarn! You may also want to check out my post on DIY Sweater Pillow!