We have hundreds of posts in the archives with the keyword “plastic” in the title, but many of them are about particular objects made from plastic, rather than general methods for working with plastics. So I went through and cherry-picked ten of what I considered to be the more inventive and unusual methods-based “plastics” posts. The photos aren’t sexy, but if you’re interested in weird things you can do with plastic, at home, this is the post for you. And most of these methods will probably turn out to be not so “stupid,” after all.


Making an OLED — Light from plastics


DIY casting silicone from caulk, pourable version


Interesting sawdust + plastic bags materials hack


Intern’s Corner: The Make: Labs plastic bender


Plastic you can mold in your home for DIY projects


Liquid ABS plastic


Plastic plywood substitute


Recycling plastic bags into plastic blocks?


Homemade plastic extrusion system


Un-Yellow Old Plastics – Retr0brite!

Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below!

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.