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15 Brilliant Ways to Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

Even if you use reusable shopping bags, there's a good chance you have some plastic grocery bags somewhere in your home. In addition to using the bags for trash, storage and even picking up after the dog, here are 15 brilliant ways to reuse those plastic grocery bags.

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The blogger from circularthreadz says she turns heads when she heads to the store with this handbag made with plastic grocery bags. It took her about nine hours and around 500 plastic bags to make this reusable handbag.

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plastic bag rugPhoto: Courtesy of EndlessPossByHotline on Etsy


This rug found on Etsy is made from recycled plastic bags and measures 25 inches by 28 inches. It would be perfect in a mudroom or laundry area because it is water resistant.

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plastic bag kid craftsPhoto: Courtesy of Bags Revolt

Classroom Lessons

One educator is using plastic bags to teach students about how we can better use and dispose of plastic materials. Read about her lesson plans focusing on plastic bags on Bags Revolt.

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If you have several plastic bags, try using them to make a rope as seen on Use the finished product to keep groceries from falling over in the car.

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plastic bag paintbrush coverPhoto: Courtesy of The Rozy Home

Keep a Paintbrush Fresh

If you’re doing some painting around the house, use a plastic bag to keep your paintbrush fresh. To keep the brush from drying out, put it in a plastic bag and wrap it up like a burrito, as seen on The Rozy Home.

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plastic bag coastersPhoto: Courtesy of Trash Backwards


The blogger from Trash Backwards used plastic bags to create these coasters. Use them to keep your coffee table clear from drips and beverage rings.

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cutting plastic bagPhoto: Courtesy of Nurturing Wisdom

Store Decorations

For a clever storage solution, use plastic bags to store Christmas tree branches. The blogger from Nurturing Wisdom wraps the branches tightly in the bags, then labels them so she knows which branches go first on her artificial tree.

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Organize Small Items

If you purchase new bedding or curtains, they’ll likely come in a plastic bag with a zipper. Use those bags to store your child’s small toys or even your jewelry or toiletries when vacationing. Find more ideas here.

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Halloween Ghosts

Decorate your home this Halloween with plastic bags. Your kids can help you turn the bags into ghosts with just scissors and some yarn. For instructions, visit Craftideas.

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Looking for a sewing project? This clutch is made from plastic grocery bags and scrap pieces of fabric. Read about it and see more photos.

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Have the kids get to work and create some artwork to hang in their bedrooms. Be creative and use bags in different colors, along with markers to create a design. For more ideas, visit Green Prophet.

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This Valentine is made from a plastic mesh produce bag that is cut in the shape of a heart and attached to a piece of paper. Take this idea from Trash Backwards and make your own Valentines and greeting cards.

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Try using plastic bags to create a wreath for every season. There are several ideas on the AARP Community website that will surely look great on your front door.

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Use those plastic bags to make a little pompom that can be used as a last-minute decoration. You just need some scissors and string for this craft. Visit Lulastic for instructions.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.