Before we get to the tutorial, we need to let you all know that we have not heard from reader and giveaway winner Don & Jill so we have been forced to pick another winner of the African Violet Pincushion and Decorative Pin Givaway. So our new winner is commenter #50, Deedles! And thank you to Mau for telling us the secret to showing the Number Generator!
Now on to the tutorial!
In our town, the only way you can recycle plastic grocery bags is by taking them back to the store - our curbside recycling service won't pick them up. As a result, we have massive amounts of these plastic bags stored up, and have been trying to think of creative ways to reuse them. Our favorite: fusing them! Fusing grocery bags is nothing new, but it was a project that we have been wanting to try for a long time. After trying it out and seeing how easy it is, we thought we'd share our method with you!
What you need:
- 3 plastic bags (rumor has it #4 bags work the best, but play around with different bags and see what you like best.
- parchment paper
Sandwich your bags in between two sheets of parchment paper. Do not use newspaper, as the ink will transfer onto your plastic.
Set your iron for it's "Rayon" setting. Once it is heated up, begin ironing on top of your parchment paper. Iron one section at a time for about 15 seconds (being careful to keep your iron moving at all times), then move on to another part. When you have ironed over the whole thing, flip your parchment/plastic "sandwich" over and repeat the ironing process.
Peel the parchment paper back and check your plastic. If it is not fused, replace the parchment and iron some more. We found that we had to slightly increase the heat on our iron just a smidge. Once your plastic is completely fused together, you are finished and ready to use your fused plastic on one of many fun projects! Stay tuned, and we will share some of our ideas later!
Have fun...but watch out! It's addictive!