So, with the Summer Sale just wrapping up, I’m betting most of us have accumulated quite a few shopping bags which are just cluttering the house. On the bright side, there are tons of things we can do with old bags 🙂 Besides re-using them, their handles can be made into jewellery 🙂

Step 1: Take an old shopping bag, with fabric cords for handles.

Note: this is not a Selfridges advertisement 😛


Step 2: Open the bag and untie the handle then pull out both cords. Yay! You know have 2 fabric cords for DIYing- money saved already 🙂IMG_4265 IMG_4260

Step 3:

Braid them together. I’m guessing most of us can plait so not featuring step-by-step guides for this 🙂 But if you want some tips on starting and ending, just gimme a shout 🙂

Oh, and don’t forget to add a dash of glue to the ends to make sure they are secure 🙂

To bling it up, stick on some Swarovski crystals 🙂 You can use other types of crystals, but since the base material is quite rough, I figure it’s better to go high quality for the rest of the piece 🙂
If you’ve made anything with old shopping bag handles, I’d love to see 🙂 I’ll feature some of the other stuff I’ve made in another post 🙂

Written by Zen