Recycled Bag Wrapped “Rocks”

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"

Wrapping yarn around rocks is a fun way to transform them into art, but with this tutorial, you can reuse plastic bags in place of the rocks! Inspired by the work of fiber artist Sheila Hicks, these wrapped “rocks” are a fun and easy way for kids to make some simple decorations for your home.

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"

When Sheila Hicks makes her artwork, it’s almost always on a large scale. Instead of making a wrapped piece that fits in your hand, she makes one that doubles as a floor cushion! Our version may be smaller and with fewer types of fibers, but inspiration is inspiration. And while we stuck to yarn and plastic bags headed for recycling, you could also add some fabric bits or other types of string.

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"

Now, who’s ready to “rock” this project?

what you need:

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

how-to:

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Step 1
Choose a plastic bag or two. A standard grocery bag makes a small rock, while a larger plastic bag or two bags scrunched together make a larger rock. Wad up the bag(s) so you have one smoother side and the printing is on the inside.
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Step 2
Choose some yarn and tie the end around the plastic bag “rock” with the knot on the scrunched up side. The bag will probably look more like an oval at this point.
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Step 3
Begin wrapping the yarn around the plastic bag. You can make the wraps close together or with more space between them, straight or crisscrossed. It’s up to you!Just watch out because wrapping too tight can change the shape of your “rock” as well as make some of the yarn wraps look loose.

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
When you have enough wrapped with the first color, trim the yarn and tuck the end under the wraps of yarn. You can also leave the yarn attached if you want to use that color again.
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Step 4
Add more yarn and wrap in the other direction. If you want to keep your wrapped “rock” all in one color, don’t cut the yarn and keep on wrapping in different directions until it’s as covered as you like.
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
When you’re happy with the wrapping, end of the yarn and tuck it in on the bottom to finish it off.
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Make as many recycled “rocks” as you have bags to work with! You can make a whole pile of them, and even try stacking them. Because there are so many ways to scrunch and wrap the bags, no two pieces come out the same. But they’re so fun and relaxing to make, that you’ll want to keep going!
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"

When you’re done, you might be thinking, what do I do with these wrapped “rocks”? For starters, they make excellent bowl or vase fillers for decoration. Especially if you choose colors that look great in your home. You could also tuck them in amongst real rocks!

Because they are lightweight, you can also use these for games that require beanbags or small balls. They roll a bit, but are safe for tossing!

Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Recycled Bag Wrapped "Rocks"
Happy crafting!