How to Make Plarn, AKA Yarn Out of Recycled Plastic

Say it with us: plarn. It's exactly what it sounds like — yarn made from plastic. You can't find it at your local craft store, but you can make it by recycling all your plastic bags from the grocery store. It's easy, quick and totally eco-friendly. Not to mention it gives a cool effect to lots of fun projects.

How to Make Plarn

Level: Easy

What You Need


1. Make the First Cuts

Place a plastic bag on your cutting mat, folding in the sides and flattening it as much as possible. Don't worry if there are a lot of wrinkles — it won't be noticeable in your plarn.

Remove the bag handles, cutting as closely and as straight as possible along the top. Then cut the bottom ½" off the bag.

2. Make the Strips

Cut the bag into strips, approximately 1" wide.

3. Join the Strips

Open two of the strips into plastic rings. Lay one ring on top of the other.

From the top, pull the left loop to the right. From the bottom, pull the right loop to the left. Pull the ends snug, but not so tight that you're stretching or distorting the plastic. This will create a knot and your first length of plarn!

Repeat this step, looping and knotting a new ring of plastic until you have the length of plarn needed for your project.

Depending on how thick you cut your strips, you can make about 8-10 yards of plarn per plastic bag. If needed, cut up another bag and add it to the end of your plarn ball.

Pro Tip

Before beginning your project, make a gauge swatch just as you would with ordinary yarn. You still want to get a sense of what kind of fabric will be made.

Plarn Projects

Now that you have your plarn, what the heck do you do with it? Take some inspo from Bluprint members who made their own plarn crafts.

1. Crochet Plarn Slippers

Plarn Crocheted Slippers by Bluprint member barbertondaisy

These shoes were made for walking, and they'll definitely be a conversation starter.

2. Plarn Summer Hat

Plarn Summer Hat by Bluprint member nellypumpkin

Keep cool while looking even cooler with this fun sun hat.

3. Plarn Mats

Plarn Mat by Bluprint member 6or8or12

Enjoy a sit-down meal on pretty plarn placemats.

4. Plarn Coin Purse

Plarn Coin Purse by Bluprint member nellypumpkin
Spare coins have never been kept in a cuter place.

Hero image by Bluprint member Petals to Picot

February 27, 2020
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