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5 Unusual Uses for Plastic Bags


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Plastic Bag Arts and Crafts
Kids' crafts aren't limited to construction paper and glue. Give them some plastic bags and see what they create.
Kids' crafts aren't limited to construction paper and glue. Give them some plastic bags and see what they create.
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Many expressive artists veer away from the traditional media of oil paint on canvas in favor of more unconventional art materials, such as plastic bags. Artist Helle Jorgensen has crafted an entire collection of sea creatures from old plastic bags [source: Gooseflesh]. For those of us with the itch to create, but in possession of less time (or talent, for that matter), hundreds of easy crafts using plastic bags as the primary material are just a Web search away. Artists Helping Children details dozens of imaginative plastic bag children's crafts, including film-container parachutes, Olympic medals and space capsules [source: AHC arts&crafts]. The Web site Two Peas in a Bucket suggests crafting an eco-wreath from garbage bags [source: Two Peas in a Bucket]. There may not be an excess of plastic bag crafts at your local museum or galleries, but working with a child to create something out of this repurposed material can create something more valuable than fine art: memories.


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