Monday, January 10, 2011

Plastic Bag Iron-ons!




Here is a super cool project where you can use all those plastic bags that you always seem to end up with - homemade iron on decals! You can use any kind of plastic bag or plastic table cloth with an image you like on it. Birthday party goody bags and storebags are great for this project. If you are super creative, you can even cut and design your own free form shapes. The decals should be permanent. Our first try at this peeled off by the end of the day. It just needed a little more ironing.

We love how all colors of shirts work with this project (this is a great way to cover up stains). You can see how nice it turned out on a black shirt. You can find tutorials on several different sites, but we liked the one we found here on Filth Wizardry.

What you need:
  • plastic bags
  • iron
  • parchment paper
  • scissors



Turn on your iron to the cotton setting. Then cut out the image you want to iron on. Make sure it is smaller than the base of your iron. This is very important. We'll show you what happens to larger images later. Place your image on your shirt where your want it.

Cover the image with a piece of parchment paper. Hold your iron in the image for 10 seconds. let the paper cool for a minute, and remove the parchment.

Here's what happened when we tried to iron on a image that was too big. It started out like this...
...and ended up like this!

Next we tried cutting out pictures from a plastic table cloth. We traced an index card with a sharpie marker.
Placed them on our shirt and ironed.

Now Ben has a new custom shirt that he LOVES!!!


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24 comments:

  1. Wow! This works? For real? I´m fascinated. We need to try this for sure!

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  2. Coolest thing ever! Who knew?!?

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  3. The possibilities are endless! thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  4. Holy cow! How did you think of that? I've gotta try it!

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  5. Wow, that's amazing! I'll have to look around and see what I can iron onto a T-shirt. Got to try this project! :-)

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  6. this is too cool! Please come share it at my Friday link party!!!!!

    smallfineprint.blogspot.com

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  7. This is so cool! How incredibly creative for you to have thought of this! Thanks for the details, I'll be linking.

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  8. What a fun idea! I'm excited to try it.Thanks for sharing

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  9. wow, that is so cool! I hope that you will post this onto my Show and Share Sunday linky party. Its open all week. http://craftygeordi.blogspot.com/2011/01/show-and-share-sunday.html

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  10. wow! but can it go through the wash?

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  11. Wow! Too cool!

    Miranda
    www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

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  12. 10 out of 12 posts have "wow" or "cool" in it, so I guess that sums it up! ;)
    -Stefanie
    2ndChanceCreations.etsy.com

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  13. I want to know how it looks after a few washes. can it hold up to a toddler? It's awesome if it can!

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  14. Creative idea. Thanks for sharing. Can it be washed?

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  15. this is a great idea, but I don't quite understand - if the image is bigger than the iron, how come it shrinks? Does the edge of the iron cut it off?

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  16. I'm so trying this tonight! I'll feature your blog tomorrow if I can get it to work! Thank you so much!

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  17. I'm with everyone else . . . this really works?!? How cool is that! I'm headed to the Dollar Store!

    Would love for you to stop by this weekend and share it on Passion for Paint (even though it's technically not a paint project - it's just too much fun!)

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  18. Seriously? This is a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing. (Now if only Wal-Mart bags were cooler ...)

    Visiting from House of Hepworths.

    Elizabeth, More Than A Mom
    http://morethana-mom.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh wow, this is VERY clever!!


    I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty (every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) - current link up http://www.redtedart.com/2011/01/12/kids-get-crafty-winter-trees/

    Hope to see you there!

    Maggy

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  20. Great idea, I've ironed plastic bags before to make another bag, but I would have never thought of doing this :)

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  21. Filth Wizardry comes up with the best ideas. Fun.

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  22. What a great find at Filth Wizardry! The whole Filth Wizardry blog has tons of original ideas like this one. I'll definitely have to bookmark it to look through later.

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  23. The creative minds at Filth Wizardry blog are ingenious. Glad to see their ideas spreading to others and being put to good use!

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