Fused Plastic Wallet

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In this up-cycling activity, learners recycle plastic bags and repurpose them into useful wallets. Learners cut and iron grocery bags into new shapes and designs so that they can be reused as wallets. Use this activity to introduce learners to polymers, biodegradable materials, and up-cycling. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 3 plastic grocery bags
  • 1 yard parchment paper
  • 1 large towel or ironing board
  • scissors
  • iron


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Oakland Discovery Centers


  • All rights reserved, Oakland Discovery Centers, 2012