example of jump rope made of plastic bags
plastic bag jump rope

Let’s be kind to our planet by thinking of ways to use less plastic and finding creative uses for the plastics that we already have. Making a jump rope out of plastic bags is an easy and creative way to use up some of those plastic grocery bags that have accumulated under your sink, despite your best effort to bring your reusable bags to the store. Below find the list of materials you’ll need, step-by-step directions, video tutorial, and even a book with jump rope rhymes that you can check out. Happy crafting!

Materials needed

  • 24 plastic grocery bags (a variety of colors is nice)
  • Duct tape (regular or fancy colors/patterns)
  • Scissors


  1. Cut the bottom seam and handles off of each plastic bag (see video below). This will create a wide loop.
  2. Loop two plastic bags together. Try to make the knot as small as possible. Set aside.
  3. Repeat step 2 two more times.
  4. Take all three two-bag strands and twist the ends together.
  5. Wrap a bit of duct tape around the twisted strands to make a handle.
  6. Tape down the handle to a solid surface and begin braiding the strands together. Make the braid as tight and neat a possible.
  7. Add a new loop to each strand as you go. Adding one loop at a time will make braiding easier. If your strands are very long, it will be much more difficult.
  8. Continue braiding until you have used all 24 bags or your jump rope is as long as desired. (To measure the idea length for your jump rope, step on the middle of the rope with both feet and hold the ends straight up while standing. The handles should come up to your armpits.)
  9. Twist the ends together and wrap with duct tape, making the second handle. You’re finished!

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