How to make a doormat from plastic bags
In this post I will explain to you how you can make your own doormat from plastic bags.
Before we had to pay for the shopping bags, I used to use them as bin bags. Ever since they started charging, this is not possible anymore as they got holes in the bottom… Very annoying as I don’t just want to throw them away. So I tried finding various uses for them. This here is one.
What you need:
– about 30 plastic bags (depending on size),
– crochet hook (I used n° 6)
– baking paper,
– cardboard or cereal box,
– carpet knife,
– double-sided tape or clear tape,
– acrylic spray paint,
– acrylic outdoor sealant spray.
How it´s done:
First take 10 of the plastic bags to prepare your “yarn”. I really don’t recommend you to do all bags at once. It is a bit boring and seems to take forever, if you do too many and you will end up not making anything… If you don’t have a lot of patience, start with 5 bags. It’s easy to attach more when needed.
Fold each bag in half lengthwise, then half again. Cut the handles off, so that you end up with a straight top. Then cut the bottom part off as well. Now cut the rest into strips of about 2 cm (~ 0.8 inches) width. Unfold the strips, then lay one over another and pull a loop through. Pull carefully or the plastic will break. Repeat with the next strip…
On Blog A La Carte you can find a very good graphic on how to make the yarn.
Once you connected all strips and have made a ball from it, it should look more or less like this
As you see, it is very easy to add more plastic bag strips when needed.
Now you make a slip knot and I made 40 chain stitches. Make sure to not work too “tight”, as this will make your work unnecessary hard.
Once you done the chain stitches, start adding rows with single crochet. In total you will have to make about 60 rows, depending on how tight or loose you work.
If you don’t know how to crochet, Sigoni from Sigoni Macaroni has got a very good tutorial.
After you finished the 60 rows, it should be the size of a doormat. If not, then add more rows.
Weave in any loose bits of string to improve the overall look.
Now get your baking paper and pre-heat the iron. Turn it to just underneath of the heat with steam. Do NOT use steam!
As the ironing board is too small, best chose a table or lay the mat on the floor. Place the baking paper over your mat and iron. Do not put too much pressure on or the mat will be uneven as a result. Repeat several times until the mat seems a bit harder and more stable. Repeat on the other side.
The baking paper is very important or the plastic will stick to your iron and ruin it!
Get your cardboard and write the outlines of the letters you want. Check the sizes with your mat, if you are not sure. Cut them out with the carpet knife and place them on the mat. When you are happy with the positioning, tape them to the mat. If you shouldn’t have double-sided tape, make a hoop with clear tape, so it will stick to the mat and the cardboard letters.
You are 2 steps away from finishing your doormat!
Apply 2 coats of the acrylic spray paint of your choice waiting the time indicated on the can between coats. I picked red as it’s my son’s favourite colour.
If you are happy with the colour, let dry, then take the cardboard letters off and apply sealant.
Congratulations! You just made your own doormat from plastic bags ?
Should your floor be slippery, I recommend you to get a non-slip mat (for carpets) for underneath, as the doormat is a bit slippery.
Feel free to share your own version in the comments or simply email them.