It may be obvious to you since I have a blog dedicated to upcycling, but I love recycling. I try to reuse and recycle as many things as I can because it saves money and helps the environment even just a little bit. One easy way to reuse things is by reusing plastic bags. You can use them for so much (especially if you have a cat with a litter box to scoop. Yuck!). But all those plastic bags need somewhere to go while they are waiting to be reused. I usually take reusable bags when I go grocery shopping, but sometimes I forget or get takeout or whatever and end up with a million plastic bags. But now there is a simply way to store all those bags. And it even incorporates upcycling. Double cycling FTW

 

Messy Bags!
Messy Bags! The Horror!

 

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Supplies:

  • Disinfecting wipes container (if you’re going to cover with paper, don’t worry about the remaining sticky goo. It will come in handy)
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
1. Cut decorative paper to cover outside of the container.
1. Cut decorative paper to cover outside of the container. I used a page from a calendar per the tips page, because double upcycling is awesome!

 

2. Cover container with paper.
2. Cover container with paper.

 

3.Utilize the original goo to stick the paper into place. Wrap the paper around the container and tape ends together. You can also coat paper in Modge Podge or packing tape to prevent ripping.
3. Utilize the original goo to stick the paper into place. Wrap the paper around the container and tape ends together. You can also coat paper in Modge Podge or packing tape to prevent ripping.

 

Beautiful
Beautiful

 

And now it’s time to fold your bags. I usually like to sit on the living room floor to do this, because it allows for plenty of space and I can hold the roll in place with my knee while I prepare the next bag. Play around with it and figure out what works for you.

1. Lay plastic bag out flat and push out any air.
1. Lay plastic bag out flat and push out any air.

 

2. Fold bag in half lengthwise and push out air.
2. Fold bag in half lengthwise and push out any air that snuck/sneaked back in.

 

3. Do the same with a second bag and overlap the bags so the second one starts about halfway down the first.
3. Do the same with a second bag and overlap the bags so the second one starts about halfway down the first.

 

4. Fold the handles of the bag up so they stick out and begin to roll the bag up.
4. Fold the handles of the bag up so they stick out and begin to roll the bags together.

 

5. Continue to roll the second bag into the first.
5. Continue to roll the second bag into the first. When you get to the midpoint of the bag, stop and fold up another bag like the first two, place at the midpoint of the second bag, and continue rolling.

 

6. Repeat in order to roll up all of the bags.
6. Repeat in order to roll up all of the bags.

 

7.Now slide the roll of bags into the holder, pull the handles through, and you are ready to rock.
7. Now remove the lid, slide the roll of bags into the holder, snap the lid back on, pull the handles through, and you are ready to rock (since you already rolled- hehe #BadPunz).

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4 thoughts on “Plastic Bag Holder

  1. I can definitely use some of these. I have plastic bags full of plastic bags hanging all over the house. Thanks.

  2. I can definitely use some of these. I have plastic bags full of plastic bags hanging all over the house. Thanks.

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