Are you sick of plastic bags spilling out of the corner of your cupboard? I have an easy solution for you. Make your own plastic bag holder! If you are anything like me then you are sick of plastic bags taking up space. We have too many. I shop with canvas tote bags but my husband does not and since he does a lot of the grocery shopping (no complaints here) we end up with way too many plastic bags. You could buy the simple human dispenser for 10$ on Amazon or the hanging over the cabinet dispenser for $11 from amazon, which are great deals…. but I think DIY is the way to go! We have been stuffing them into one another and sticking them in our lower cupboard but I was getting sick of having bags spilling out every time I opened the door. I searched online for ideas and found some good ones like stuffing them in a wipe container or in oatmeal containers but I wanted something so easy that I did not have to even pull a lid off. Enter Sierra Nevada box.
If you know me then you know I like to drink. Who doesn’t? Ok ok… not everyone but the good news is that you can use ANY box for this project. I just happen to always have a beer box around and am excited to upcycle one. Small long soda boxes work great for this project if you have a very small space and less paper bags. So here is how I did it…… oh and alternatives are included below:
1. Cut out the hole in the top front section. You want to cut it big enough to easily fit your hand through it. Make sure to also cut the side flaps to match, as you are doing this you will see what I mean. Then hot glue the flaps back together the way they were when you first opened it.
2. Cut out fabric large enough to cover the box. Measure up the same way you would wrap a Christmas gift. I used fabric that I already had but you can use brown postal paper, Newspaper, old book pages or wrapping paper (dollar store!) as well.
I put mine on the ground to cut it out (notice I never cut straight, I’m a measure never…. cut 3x … kind of girl). Beware of mischievous munchkins stealing your projects!
3. Hot glue the fabric or paper to your box wrapping it up like a present. Here are the pictures of how I did it.
4. Cut the hole for the opening and hot glue the fabric along the edge. I wish I would’ve left some extra fabric away from the edge of the box to fold back and hot glue inside. This would have given a cleaner edge. But hey.. I was running on 4 hours of sleep (Scarlett is teething) so my brain is not all there. I recommend you do this.
6. Add on any embellishments you would like! I used burlap I had leftover from a DIY wreath (working on it this week). You can also use ribbon or contrast scrapbooking paper as well.
7. Label the box. You can hand write a label or print out my Plastic Bag Printable here. Pictured below. Cut out the label and hot glue on.
That is it, all done! I know this is a bit fancy for a plastic bag holder but if you wrap it in newspaper or something easy and skip all of the pretty embellishments you will still end up with a fabulous easy way to store your plastic bags!
Also see my post on upcycling a cereal box into fridge storage, these turned out super cute!
Check out mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com’s post on folding plastic bags the right way!
Here is a cool storage idea made from oatmeal container. Check it out at Onekiriegerchick.com Decorative Storage Container
Also here a few ideas on ways you can recycle, upcycle, reuse your plastic grocery bags
Plastic Bag Ropes which you can use for anything but in this post they made a basket. Check it out at instructables.com Make a basket out of trash bags
Thank you for reading my post DIY Plastic Grocery Bag Storage Bin + Free Printable! I hope you enjoyed!
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