How to Make Flowers From Plastic Trash Bags

Decorating with homemade items is one way to put a personal spin on your environment. Use readily available and inexpensive items to make the project even more enjoyable. Make flowers from plastic trash bags and use them to decorate your home. You can customize the flowers as you desire by using different color trash bags and a variety of embellishments. Children enjoy making trash bag flowers and they may be used to make creative gifts.

Use the same bags you use for your garbage to make decorative flowers for your home.

Lay four trash bags flat, one on top of the other. Straighten them so they are neatly stacked.

Draw a 12-inch-diameter circle on the top trash bag. Keep the trash bags stacked and cut out the circle, cutting through all the trash bag layers.

Gather the circles from the top edge to the bottom to form a butterfly shape. Wrap 2 inches of the pipe cleaner around the center of the circles to hold the butterfly shape.

Separate the trash bag layers to fluff your flower. Bend and adjust the layers to achieve the shape your desire.

Apply a small amount of perfume onto pipe cleaner near the base of the flower. Hang your completed flowers from trees in your yard or use them to decorate other areas of your home.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic trash bags
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Perfume
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker


  • Use different colored trash bags, plastic grocery bags or tissue paper to create a customized look for every decor.
  • Spray the flowers lightly with spray paint or glitter for a more customized look.

About the Author

Based near Kansas City, Mo., Sally Syak began freelance writing in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, primarily focusing on home improvement, hobbies and business marketing. Syak is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy at Pennsyvania Valley Community College.

Photo Credits

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