12 Crochet Projects Made with Plarn (Yarn Made from Plastic Bags)

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And now I want to try it!

Everything you are about to see here was made with plarn: yarn made from plastic bags.

The benefits of using plarn are many. Plastic bags are plentiful and available for free just about anywhere you shop. It’s durable and waterproof, so it’s ideal for outdoor applications like patio rugs, curtains, planters, placemats, etc.
Best of all, it’s a smart and pretty method of recycling!

Yarnbombing and Sculpture

Plarn Deer Head

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Granny Square Crocheted Deer Head by Artist Magda van der Vloed

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About the artist:

She showcases recycled plastic bottles and crochets with recycled plastic bags in both multi-colours and black and white, as shown on the Maison & Objet in Paris during January 2012

Plarn Flowers

Plarn Flowers
Plarn Flowers

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All of these pieces were made with plastic bags (plarn)

Plarn Mushrooms for Yarnbombing

Tree Yarnbombed with Plarn Mushrooms
Tree Yarnbombed with Plarn Mushrooms

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Plastic bag mushrooms yarn bomb

Plarn Octopus Sculpture

ctopus made entirely of woven recycled plastic bags by Australian artist Jacq Chorlton.
Octopus made entirely of woven recycled plastic bags by Australian artist Jacq Chorlton.

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Plarn Lace

Plastic Lace by Brooklyn Artist Kristen Wicklund
Plastic Lace by Brooklyn Artist Kristen Wicklund

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Beautiful “plastic bag lace” by Brooklyn based Kristen Wicklund. Crocheted from used plastic shopping bags.

Plarn Handbags, Tote Bags, Shopping Bags, and More

Oversized Crochet Flower Tote.
Oversized Crochet Flower Tote.

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Hand crocheted from Recycled Plastic Bags

Plarn Shopping Tote Bag

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Crocheted Plarn Shopping Bag by Artist Robyn Coburn

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“Increasingly, I seek ways to unite my love of arts and crafts with the environmental beliefs I hold dear.” -Robyn Coburn

Colorful Plarn Tote Bag

Colorful Plarn Tote Bag
Colorful Plarn Tote Bag

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Plarn Handbag with Cell Phone Pocket

Everyday Plarn Handbag
Everyday Plarn Handbag

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According to the artist (twooleydesigns on Etsy),

This adorable bag made with plastic yarn can be used for carrying books, magazines, craft supplies, coloring books and crayons for the kids, etc.. It has 21″ built in handles and an inside pocket for carrying your cell phone.

Rugs Made From Plarn

According to Carla of Crochet by Carla on Etsy,

These rugs are great at attracting dust because the plastic creates its own static electricity. And if you have hard wood floors because you are conscious of fabrics that hold all kinds of yucky stuff like carpet then you may really enjoy plarn rugs forever! They are super easy to clean.

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This rug was made from 374 plastic bags. The artist (CrochetByCarla on Etsy) wrote,

This 40″ x 53″ Plarn Rug has been hand crocheted by me from cutting plastic shopping bags into loops which I then string together to make plastic yarn. The loops make the plarn double thick and I make them nice and wide to make the rugs very sturdy and cushy.

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

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Take junk plastic shopping bags that would likely go into a landfill — and cut them into crochet strips and make sleeping mats to give out to friends on the street. They are perfect — lightweight, waterproof, padded, and made out of 100% waste. Each sleeping mat takes 30 hours or more…made with lots and lots of love.

Plant Hangers

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Plant hangers crocheted from plarn
According to the artist,

I crochet my planters out of hand-braided strips of plastic, which makes them much stronger, and in my opinion, much more attractive than other plarn products. Plastic bags can last one thousand years in a landfill, so imagine how well this planter will do in your garden!

~ Pamela

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