Video: Create a decorative plastic bag holder

My finished decorative container. Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Do you have a little too much plastic in your life? Plastic bags, that is. I have a special place I shove my plastic bags when I am not recycling them, but they get in the way of grabbing a clean dish cloth or dish towel — usually when my hands are wet.

It wasn’t until I found a great pin on Pinterest that my plastic bag mess was under control.

At first I placed the bags in a large Ball jar, which is not so decorative and I can still see the evil plastic bags. When a co-worker was done with her Clorox wipes container, I kindly asked her for it and pulled out my craft box.

You don’t need much for this project:

  • Empty cleaning wipes container, any size
  • Glue
  • Cloth or other decorative items
  • Plastic bags

First, take off the label and give the container a scrub with dish soap.

After it dries, it is time to create! Cut the piece of cloth to the size of the container.

I would not recommend hot glue for this project, but any other glue can work. Dab some glue down the container and attach one side of the cloth. Wrap the container, tab more glue  on the cloth and seal the wrap. If you want the edges to be sealed, dab some glue at the bottom and top along the rim and let it dry.

The original blog post used Mod Podge, to seal the edges and give the fabric a water resistant quality. She then used a spray adhesive to attach the cloth. You can do that if you desire, as it is another way to make the container creative. You also can embellish it in any way you want, with ribbons, stickers and gems.

While the creative container is drying, it is time to roll your bags! Make sure as much of the air is out of the bags. I recommend doing this step all at once first, as it makes the rolling that much easier.

In the video, I am using the back end first for the remaining bags, but you can put the handles first, too. The first plastic bag to pull through might be a little tough, but the rest will flow through smoothly.

Now, instead of looking at the mess of plastic bags, I have a cute and organized container.

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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