Recycling designer carrier bags to create unique artwork

Is there such a thing as Hoarders’ Anonymous? If not, perhaps there should be.

“My name is Sue and I am a Hoarder.”

I’m sensing a few of you out there are also in need of support. Am I right? Especially if you’re a fellow crafter: “It might come in handy” should be the maker’s motto.

My ‘craft shit’ as Beloved so lovingly calls it, drives him nuts but if it wasn’t for my hoarding tendencies, I would never have had the idea for this unique project.

And it is SO me!

Making art out of recycled carrier bags

Recycling designer carrier bags to create unique artwork

Among my (many) passions is an appreciation of luxury designer labels. We don’t really have the pennies to afford them so when the opportunity comes along, it’s a big deal. And being a premium brand, the bags are almost as pretty as the treasures inside.

No 5p plastics here!

So naturally, I end up keeping them. As sad as that may seem, it just goes to show that not only is a designer piece an investment, the carrier it comes in can also become a work of art. It’s also a unique a way of displaying precious memories.

Take those Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Tiffany bags, for instance. Momentos of our 15th Wedding Anniversary that I lugged all the way from Hawaii without so much as a crease. 10 years on and that Tiffany bag still evokes the memory of my mile-wide grin as I sashayed out of the store, swinging that iconic little bag in utter joy and singing to the security man “I’ve got a little blue bag”!

He must’ve wondered what was in his coffee that morning.

Recycling designer carrier bags to create unique artwork

Would you believe, this DIY is quite old now? So old in fact, I drafted this post for the old blog. Blimey! Has it really been that long?

Yet STILL, I can’t take a decent photo of it.

But it’s only been since decorating the hallway and landing that I’ve finally found a permanent place for this stylish and unique piece of recycled designer carrier bag art.

You may have spotted it in my latest gallery wall project.

Recycling designer carrier bags to create unique artwork

It turns out that a large IKEA Ribba frame fits perfectly in that often neglected wall space at the top of the stairs. As a Brucie Bonus, it also hides the wire for the neon peace sign in the staircase gallery.

The neon peace sign that was recently featured on the Homesense Instagram feed.

Oh yes.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love this project. It’s such a brilliantly simple way of making your own stylish artwork. I’m so pleased I was able to find a good home for the hoarded carriers.

What do you think? Reckon you might try recycling some carrier bags to create artwork for your walls? As always, drop a comment below to let me know or swing past Facebook or Instagram to share your creations.

A hui hou,

With love from @SuzyHomemakerUK



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