Aleene's® Brown Bag Bangles
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Aleene's® Brown Bag Bangles

Stylish jewelry is fun to create for pennies by upcycling brown grocery bag handles.

Designed by Heidi Borchers, courtesy of Aleene's®.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue™
  • Aleene's® Spray Acrylic Sealer - Gloss
  • Brown Grocery Bags with Handles (Two handles for each bangle)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Clothespins
  • Jar
  • Rubberband
  • Acrylic Paint - Your choice of Color plus Black or Gold
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Stencil

Project Instructions

Remove two handles from grocery bags.

To flatten handle into strip, run folds over scissors edge. (This would be similar to how you use scissors to curl ribbon.)

Cut approximately 2" from each end of strip to remove the stiff ends.

To join two strips together, apply approximately 4" of glue to end of wrong side of one strip (the side with the seam).

Overlap to glue the ends of the two strips together.

Use clothespins to hold while drying. Lay flat to dry.

To create bangle, wrap strip around jar to determine overlap. Apply glue to one end of strip (approximately 4").

Bring other end around to start to form bangle. Apply a small dab of glue to unglued end.

Press to join together.

Slip onto jar and secure with rubberband. Leave undisturbed until completely dry.

When dry, remove bangle from jar. To create a smooth final surface on the bangle, cut strip of brown bag approximately twice as wide as your bangle. Glue to outside of bangle, wrapping excess around to inside and glue in place. Use fingers to smooth brown bag. Let dry completely.

Paint bangle inside and out. Let dry.

Select desired pattern to use as stencil. 

Wrap around outside of bangle and hold in place.

Dab sponge in black paint to pick up paint. Do not oversaturate with paint - a little goes a long way. Dab over entire stencil area being careful not to let stencil move.

Remove to reveal design. Let dry completely. 

 Spray bangle with gloss to seal and add shine.