10 Very Unusual Plastic Bag Crafts

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Plastic Bag Craftssource: Emily Lindberg

Plastic bags are too ab­und­ant­ly av­ail­able, and too dam­ag­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment to be ig­nored as craft mat­er­ials. Weav­ing, cro­chet and sew­ing are just a coup­le of the ways that clev­er craft­ers re­use this free re­source.

Here are a couple of ideas:

1. Weaving – Craft­ers are now us­ing plas­tic bags for weav­ing. If done clev­er­ly, the fin­ish­ed prod­ucts don’t even vag­ue­ly re­sem­ble the bags you brought your groc­er­ies home from the store in.

2. Crochet – The internet abounds with instructions for plastic bag crocheted projects. Here are links to tutorials for a bowl and a sleeping mat.

3. Knit – Any material that can be used to crochet, can also be used to knit. If knitting is your thing, there are plenty of plastic bag patterns available for you, too.

4. Sewing – Once plastic bags are fused to freezer paper or parchment paper, they can then be sewing into a variety of useful objects. The fused bags can be sewn with a regular sewing machine into virtually anything.

5. Rug Braiding - Plastic bag cut into strips can be turned into braids. The finished braids can then be sewn together to create long lasting area rugs.

6. Macrame – I haven’t been able to find a project for plastic bag macrame, but why wouldn’t it work out just fine?

7. Mold the Bags – Instructables has a tutorial for using plastic bags to mold items.

8. Faux Punch Art - Faux punch art can be made using styrofoam as a base.  The results are very nice.

9. Basketry - You can make great looking baskets using plastic bags and cardboard. Good, clear tutorial.

10. Printmaking - Alisa Burke has a wonderful tutorial on printing with plastic bags. Definitely worth checking out.

If anyone has any other ideas, please post them as a message. I’d love to share your thoughts with Craft Stew’s readers.

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Easy Orzo With Three Variations

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Easy Orzo With Three Variationssource: Greg Turner

I made some orzo as an almost midnight snack the other day. It had a very delicate, toasted flavor which I loved. It was so cheap and good I decided to pass on the recipe.

Ingredients

2 cups orzo

2 – 3 tbsp. butter or margarine

1 tsp. chicken bouillon (parve or vegan)

salt, to taste

small pinch pepper

Directions

Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the orzo and cook till light brown. Add three cups of water, bouillon, salt and pepper. Stir well. When the water begins to cook out, add another 1/4 cup of water. Continue adding water until the orzo is done to your liking.

Variations

Easy Orzo with Cheese: Stir 1/4 cup parmesan into the orzo when done cooking.

Easy Orzo with Peas: Add 1/4 cup frozen peas to the orzo after toasting.

Easy Orzo with Garlic or Onion: I usually add a pinch or two of garlic or onion powder to my orzo right after adding the water.

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Make Your Own Sewing Supplies

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How To Make Your Own Sewing Supplies

Sewing can cost a small fortune if allowed to. After spending hundred of dollars on a machine, there are still fabrics, expensive patterns, notions and trims cramming the shelves of the stores. Buttons alone, can cost up to $10.00.

But there is a cheaper way. You can make your own sewing supplies.

Many sewing supplies can be made at home. Sewing machine covers, pincushions and bias tape can all be made from fabric scraps. Organizers, buttons and sewing kits can be crafted from materials sitting around the house. Even dress forms can be created in just a few hours.

Take a look at some of the links listed below and start saving money today!

Bias Tape And Piping

Buttons

Dress Forms

Embroidery Patterns

Fabric

Fabric Flowers

Free Patterns

Labels

Millinery Supplies

Needle Cases

Pincushions

Pins

Pressing Aids

Printables

Ribbons

Sewing Kits

Sewing Machine Accessories

Sewing Supply Organizers

Shoulder Pads

Trims

Weights

Everything Else

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Leah’s Soup

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Leah's Soupsource: Benjamin Golub

Another delicious recipe from a friend. I sometimes substitute broccoli for the carrots and celery.

Ingredients:

1 envelope onion soup mix

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

3 potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 cup matzoh meal

4 eggs

1/4 cup oil

Directions

Fill a large pot halfway with water. When the water is boiling, add the envelope of onion soup mix, onion, carrots, celery stalks and celery. When water returns to boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 40 minutes.

While soup is cooking combine eggs, oil and matzoh meal very well. Cover and refrigerate for 40 minutes.

When soup is done cooking shape matzoh meal mixture into small balls and cook in soup for 20 minutes.

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Onion-Yogurt Sauce

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Onion-Yogurt Saucesource: kanenas.net

A few months ago I posted a recipe for Super Garlicky Yogurt Sauce.  Since then, I’ve used the sauce almost every day… on potatoes, noodles and veggies.

But any food, even a yummy one, gets boring if it’s eaten too often. Because of that, I’ve done a little experimenting, and  I’ve come up with a delicious and simple variation. I call it Onion-Yogurt Sauce.

So far, I’ve only used the Onion-Yogurt Sauce as a topping for burritos, both plain and mixed with salsa. Both ways were great.

Next, I’m looking forward to trying a dollop as a garnish for my bean soup. I’m guessing the result will be wonderful.

Note: I tried this sauce with broccoli and it was delicious!

Annette’s Onion-Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1/2 -1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)

3-4 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

or

1 green onion, finely chopped

salt, to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients.  Serve immediately or allow time for flavors to meld.

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5 Easy Whole-Meal Sandwiches

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5 Easy Whole-Meal Sandwichessource: Cambridge Brewing Co.

We make a lot of sandwiches over at our house. They’re fast, easy and we eat them when we don’t have time to make a “real” meal. Sandwiches are our version of convenience food.

Here are some of my favorite sandwich ideas:

Powerhouse – Toast an onion bagel. Slather on nice mustard, nice cheese, lettuce, tomato and bean sprouts.

Bagel with Cream Cheese and Veggies – Spread cream cheese on a bagel. Top with slices of onion, tomato, cucumber and green pepper.

Veggie Burger – Prepare veggie burger according to package directions. Serve on bagel with onion, lettuce, tomato, pickle and green pepper slices. Optional: mayo, mustard, ketchup, cheese.

Pizza Something – Place pizza sauce and shredded cheese on a bagel, pita or sub roll. Bake until cheese is melted.

Cheese Italian Sub – Wrap a sub roll in foil and heat up in oven. When warm, spread with lots of mayonnaise and Italian dressing. Layer with tomatoes, onions, chopped olives, thinly sliced green pepper and chopped pickles. Top with slices of good cheese.

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Vegetarian Nachos With Three Variations

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Vegetarian Nachossource: CeresB

This recipe for Vegetarian Nachos is super easy and super delicious. Once you taste these, you are going to want to make them all the time.

Ingredients:

tortilla chips

salsa

shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Place a single layer of chips on a microwavable plate (there can be a slight amount of overlap). Sprinkle lightly with salsa. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Microwave on high for 40 to 80 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave.

Vegetarian Nacho Variations

Vegetarian Nachos with Onion and Olives: Sprinkle chips with finely chopped onions and olives before adding other ingredients

Vegetarian Nachos with Chili Beans: Mix a can of drained chili beans into the salsa before sprinkling onto chips.

Vegetarian Nachos with Other Cheeses: Substitute shredded cheddar or american cheese for the mozzarella, if none is available.

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No-Boil Lasagne

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No-Boil Lasagnesource: Lachlan Donald

I think I got this recipe from the packaging on a disposable aluminum pan.

Ingredients:

1 pound cottage cheese

8 oz. mozzarella cheese

4 oz. parmesan cheese

1 pound lasagna noodles (there will be leftovers)

Don Pepino Spaghetti Sauce (can substitute other sauces)

Procedure:

Mix together all of the cottage cheese and most of the mozzarella and parmesan. In a baking pan layer sauce, noodles, sauce, cheese mixture, noodles, sauce, cheese mixture, noodles, sauce and the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.

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Olive Cheese Spread

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Olive Cheese Spreadsource: I Believe I Can Fry

This Cheese Spread recipe has evolved so much throughout the years, that it is no longer anything like the original.

Ingredients:

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

1 – 2 flat tablespoons cream cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped pimento stuffed olives

garlic powder (to taste)

onion powder (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

Procedure:

Using your hands, mix all ingredients until well blended. You want the mixture to be very stiff, so add as little cream cheese as possible. Serve as is, or roll the cheese into a log. Serve with a variety of crackers.

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Recycled Paper Bead Jewelry For Adults

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Recycled Paper Bead Jewelry For Adults

When I was in 8th grade, we made paper bead jewelry in art class. The beads came out looking childish and the jewelry looked homemade. I was turned off of paper bead jewelry for the next 30 years.

Recently, however, there seems to be a Renaissance in paper bead jewelry on the internet. New techniques make the beads look nicer and the jewelry turns out cool looking. My interest has been renewed.

Here are some links to paper bead jewelry resources. I hope they inspire you too.

Bead Making Instructions

Paper Bead Jewelry Instructions

Paper Bead Instructional Videos

Other Paper Beads Projects

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