Plastic Bag Creations

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In this activity, learners will reuse plastic bags in an interesting way. They will iron together plastic bags to create a flexible material they can use to make upcycled reusable bags, costume pieces, jewelry, or whatever they imagine. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, and a note about doing STEAM with kids. This activity requires an iron. Adult help is highly recommended. NOTE: do NOT use thick heavy plastic shopping bags.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Plastic bags (thin grocery bags, bags that bread, bagels and similar items are packaged in, bags that newspapers are delivered in) NOTE: do NOT use thick, heavy plastic shopping bags!
  • Iron
  • Ironing board, or towel to protect your work surface
  • Parchment paper
  • Crafting materials like: scissors, yarn, hole punches, stickers, permanent markers, Velcro, glue, etc.
  • A grown-up helper


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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