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How to Make Rope from Recycled Plastic



How to Make Rope from Recycled Plastic

Recycle every plastic bottle (1-2 liter and 20 oz. bottles work best) and every plastic grocery bag that comes into your household.

Did you know that you can make extremely durable rope with these two items? This strong rope will make a great addition to any bug out bag!

Turning plastic bottles into durable rope can be accomplished using a wooden portable device, which you can make yourself!


How To Turn a Plastic Bottle Into Rope Using a DIY Wooden Portable Device

To make this wooden portable device you will need:

  • a rectangular piece of wood
  • a Phillips screwdriver
  • some metallic strapping tape (see above photo)
  • a paper cutter blade
  • 4 wood screws 1.5 cm in length
  • a hacksaw
  • resin paper

( Choose a piece of wood that can easily fit in your hand. Mine is 4.5 x 4.5 x 17 cm. )

Full tutorial can be found here.

Also, check out this video on another great DIY plastic bottle cutter!


How to Make Rope Using Plastic Grocery Bags

Things you’ll need:

  • Plastic grocery bags – lots of them! (Figure on approximately 2 bags per foot of rope)
  • Scissors (optional)

Full tutorial can be found here.

Also, check out this video on how to make rope using plastic grocery bags without the use of scissors.

Looking for more projects or creative ideas for upcycling plastic bottles? These projects from Pinterest are fun for the entire family.

And for even more upcycling tips, check out these projects from our friends at DIYReady.


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