I arranged the strips of plastic into piles according to color and size. Since the plastic bags are so prone to static electricity, I placed several dryer sheets between the piles so that they would stay in place.
I decided that since I had so many white plastic bags, I would use those at the inner cord of my basket. I really wanted my entire project to be made of recycled materials. I took un-cut plastic bags and twisted them in my hands until they were about a half an inch in diameter. Then I took masking tape and put small pieces (about an inch of tape) around the twisted plastic to keep it from unraveling, and to help keep the size relatively consistent.
To add length to the cord, I would simply twist more bags together and tape them down. The inner cord got pretty long, pretty fast.
To keep the outer coil connected to the inner coil, I would wrap the white plastic in the brown about 5 times, and then use my needle to push it through the layer below. It took a while for this to feel natural again (it’s been a LONG time since I was a Girl Scout) but eventually I got in a rhythm. Wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap, thread over and through the layer below, wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap, thread over and through the layer below…
As my basket base progressed, I started to incorporate additional colors into the design.
I also had to keep adding length to the inner cord as my basket grew in size.
When my the base of my basket was as large and I wanted it to be, I wrapped the next coil in the same way as I had all the rest, only starting on TOP of the previous coil, instead of next to…
In about four hours, I had a medium sized basket!
When the basket was the size I wanted, I taped off the end and tightly wrapped my last few layers of plastic over it and the layer below.
I tucked the end of the brown plastic under one of the previous loops, hiding the loose end, AND allowing me to re-open the basket if I ever want to add more size to it!
I have to say that I am really pleased with this basket! Since it’s made entirely of plastic bags, it is a a terrific companion in the garden, great green gift for your little one (hello homemade Easter Basket!!), and it’s just a really fun craft to help you un-clutter your life! I used mine to harvest a few odds and ends in the garden…