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Plastic Bag Hair Rosettes

We found this Plastic Bag Hair Rosettes project on Craftster.org. It was designed by Xan Rosado who is a stay-at-home mom living in Halethorpe Maryland with her daughter Autumn Rose. She likes sewing, books, hot glue guns, recycling, and gettin’ caught in the rain.

What a beautiful way to recycle all those plastic bags that clog up the landfill.

Trivia: Every year, around 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. 500,000,000,000. Five hundred followed by nine zeros


One standard size plastic grocery bag (or other shopping bag of about the same size)
One bobby pin (optional)
Small felt scrap (optional)
Hot glue gun


To make these Plastic Bag Hair Rosettes, lay your bag flat with the side gussets folded in. Cut off the handles and bottom seam. Discard or save for another project. Unfold gussets and lay flat.

Fold the bag in half from top to bottom or bottom to top, doesn't matter, as long as you're folding one long side to the other.

Then fold in half again, and at this point you may want to run a bead of hot glue along one edge for your last fold so the plastic stays put. Those grocery bags are slippery little buggers.

Fold in half once more so that you have a long strip about 2 inches wide.

Stick your scissors into one of the open ends of the strip and cut the folded side open, being sure to cut through all the layers. Now you should have several individual strips of plastic that are glued together on one long edge.

Cut strips along the length of your plastic, leaving about 1/4" of the glued edge intact.

At this point I like to just shake out any loose bits of plastic that didn't get glued down.

Working in small sections at a time, run a bead of hot glue along the length of the uncut side of your fringe and roll tightly from end to end.

Turn it over and you've got yourself a little plastic pompom.

Spread the petals back and hot glue a button or other flat object in the center.

To make this into a hair pin, I slip a small square of felt into a bobby pin, coat one side of the felt with hot glue and affix it to the back of the rosette.

You could also attach your rosette to a brooch pin or a ponytail holder, use them as decorations on your fused plastic shopping bags, or make wire stems and display a bouquet of them in a vase.

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2 thoughts on
“Plastic Bag Hair Rosettes”

  1. gladys says:

    I love all the crafts. Is there an easy way to print out instructions and pictures? I am making a summer book for my grandkids and would like to include your ideas.

    1. Betty Bose says:

      Once you are on the page that includes the complete instructions, highlight the area you want to print and do a control P that should allow you to print out the complete project.
      Happy crafting.

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