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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to make recycled plastic bunny ears inspired by the techniques in the book Upcycled Accessories

Upcycled Accessories: 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic
is packed full of really cool techniques fro working with plastic bags to recycle them into all sorts of cute and colorful projects.
It got my wheels spinning it did!

I wondered if you could fuse a plastic bag to a milk jug. At about the same time I was debating putting Orval and Wilbur (my lawn deer) away or could I incorporate them into the Easter decorations.
Insert light bulb moment here.
If I make bunny ears they can stay out and if I make them out of plastic they are whether proof! Clearly by the photos it worked!

Here is my test with a scrap of milk jug and pink plastic bag.

I cut the ears out of the milk jug using the corners and curves of the bottle. I will say I had to be VERY careful with the heat. Too cool it didn't fuse and too hot for too long and melt too much. As they are cooling you can form them a bit or hold them (with gloves) in the shape you want while it cools.
These are just some more shots because I think they came out so cute!
Want to learn about recycled plastic bag fusing and projects, grab a copy of

Upcycled Accessories: 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic
Tracie Lampe

From the Publisher, North Light Books:
"Product Description
Fused and Re-used

Whether you?re a sewing enthusiast or an eco-superhero, Upcycled Accessories shows you how to upcycle disposable products into fashionable must-haves! Learn the basics of fusing plastic, then sew together colorful wallets, personalized journals and collaged tote bags. Finally, incorporate creative embellishing techniques to whip up one-of-a-kind plastic projects!

Upcycled Accessories features:

25 funky fused-plastic projects for all experience levels that use inexpensive, readily available materials

Embellishing techniques for incorporating crayon shavings, permanent markers, fabric appliqu? and much more

Tips for incorporating more than just left-over shopping bags?everything from food packages to tablecloths can be upcycled!
Fuse. Sew. Help save the planet!

About the Author
Tracie Lampe is a self-taught mixed-media artist and fiber artist/vendor. Her work has been featured in Artist Trading Card Workshop as well as Interactive Art Workshop. Tracie has been teaching at ArtFiberFest for four years and sells her handspun fibers."


Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What a fun way to reuse those pesky plastic bags.

Good for you, clever girl!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [17 Mar 12:53pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What a funky way to use some of those pesky bags. Thank you.

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