DIY Doormat from Recycled Plastic Bags

Instead of tossing flexible plastic bags into the recycling bin, give them a second life by transforming them into durable and inexpensive plastic rugs.


| August/September 2015



Plastic Bags

Plastic bags can be knitted together to form a durable, up-cycled plastic rug.


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I turn plastic into excellent DIY doormats. I use newspaper bags, bread wrappers and anything flexible that can be cut into strips. A 3-by-4-foot mat requires approximately 50 newspaper bags to make. 

Other than the bags, a big, fat crochet hook, some time, and a little creativity is all you’ll need to make an upcycled plastic rug. Use any basic mat or rug pattern, and remember that no one will check your work for mistakes.

Audrey Lowman
Norman, Oklahoma





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