Right now I'm working on building a new home for our chickens complete with nesting boxes and a roost. I have all the pieces cut out, and am ready to assemble, but first I need to shingle the roof.
I considered many things to use as shingles but remembered the massive pile of plastic bags I have (from housemates, friends, freecycle, etc.) and decided to put that amazing material to work for me.
I watched this video tutorial from etsy and decided to give fusing plastic bags a try:
After some trial and error I realized different types of plastic need different heat settings on the iron and different time under the heat as well. I think I finally got it down and now have a pile of about 50 plastic shingles. It's very easy and if you don't have plastic bag recycling around you this is a great way to use up the ones that come in to your hands (though of course I hope you are using reuseable fabric bags as much as possible)
More on the chicken roost when I'm done building. SOON!