I was cleaning out my “ Plastics Drawer ” last week. Not sure if everyone has one of these. When growing up, my mother had one and I have continued this tradition.
I normally use plastic containers for storing leftovers and for containerising items for use around the house.
Every now and again the plastics drawer starts to overflow and needs a good sorting through as I seem to gather way too much.
As I lift out each item, I think to myself how can I repurpose this ?
These days I now get enthusiastic when I see plastic. Here is my latest project – Party Bunting. It’s durable, colourful and great indoors or out.
Holidays, parties, décor, anything !
- Items made of Flat Plastic
- Scrap paper with straight edges
- Fabric or rope for threading
- Sharp scissors or paper guillotine
- Hole punch
- Take your Scrap paper ready for folding to make your template.
I have chosen a used envelope and photocopying paper as I have previously worked in the these industries and know both items must have 90 degree edges to be able to go through high speed inserting and sorting machines.
Keep in mind, the larger the sheet of paper, the larger triangle you will get.
- Fold the paper in half from long edge across to long edge and press firm to make a straight crease and then unfold back.
- Take the right-hand side long edge and fold it across to the top of the centre crease and repeat on the other side to look like an arrow.
- Fold the paper on the short edge side to make a perfect triangle shape.
- Cut off the excess paper using your scissors or a paper guillotine
This is now your template so that all your flat plastic triangles will be the same size.
- Take your flat plastic items and place paper template over the top and mark with pencil and ruler the required shape.
I have used ice cream containers and two plastic cutting boards past their purpose date
- Cut out each triangle with your sharp scissors.
- With your hole punch, make holes at the left and right corners of the short side of each triangle.
- Take your fabric or rope for threading your plastic triangles.
I have used the hemmed edge of an old polo t-shirt.
I have butted the triangles close together however I have seen versions of bunting with spaces in between. It depends on the final look you want.
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