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Another Monday, another craft predicament for Designer MacGyver. Two installments ago, I suggested some fun projects made with cardboard toilet paper rolls, but commenter Carolyn wanted to know what to do with “the colorful narrow plastic bags that my newspaper comes in on a rainy day.” So, now there’s a new mission: Keep plastic bags out of landfills and waterways (think of the sea turtles!) by turning them into adorable home decor. Carolyn, this one’s for you.

plastic bag coasters
Crocheted coasters from plastic bags? Who would have guessed that trips to the curb to pick up the paper or trips to the grocery store to pick up dinner could end up being so creative? Head to Country Woman‘s site to get all the instructions.

plastic bag flower

Even if you have a black thumb, you can make your own blooms with this Silly Simple Living flower tutorial. The white plastic petals look elegant, but for a little more flower power, use those rainbow-hued newspaper bags!

plastic bag placemats

Have extra plarn (that’s plastic yarn, MacGyvers) and extra time? If you’ve mastered the coasters above, try your hand at crocheting some placemats, as seen on Creative Jewish Mom. Teatime just got a lot more quirky and colorful.

plastic bag wall art

Plastic bag art might seem a little off the wall…until you see it on the wall, that is. If you have lots of varied bags, you can experiment with making mandalas. Check out Virginia Fleck’s pieces for more inspiration.

plastic bag flower pot

Finally, trade in a blah planter for a plastic bag flower pot, like the one Petra whipped up over on Mami Made It. Recycling plastic bags and growing plants? It doesn’t get any more “green” than that, folks.

So, which craft do you think saved the day? And do you have any requests for this Designer MacGyver? Let ‘em fly in the comments!

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