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DIY Plastic Bag Holder

by Kathleen Ballos

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

I want to start off by saying that I’m not a big fan of plastic bags. I keep cloth tote bags in the car for our big weekly shopping trip, and I know that plastic bags aren’t good for the environment. Sometimes, though, despite my best efforts, I’ll end up with a few from an unexpected grocery run or errand.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

I have a very small kitchen without a pantry or closet, so my cupboard space is very precious. With that in mind, I decided to make my own bag holder that looks nice enough to hang on the wall in my kitchen. If you’re going to use (and reuse) plastic bags, they may as well have a nice place to live! – 

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Supplies

-Marble paper
-Ruler
-Craft knife (and scissors)
-Pencil
-Hot glue gun
-Picture-hanging loops
-Foam core
-Mailing tube (4″ diameter)

Step 1: Use the ruler and pencil to mark two vertical lines on the mailing tube dividing it into two equal halves.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 2: Use the craft knife to very carefully cut along the lines you just drew. To make this bag holder, you’ll only need one half of the tube.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 3: Draw and cut a rectangle of foam core to fit directly behind the half tube you just cut.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 4: Hot glue the foam core rectangle and half tube together.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 5: Cut and attach pieces of marble paper into the interior of the top and bottom of the tube. (You can also apply a quick coat of paint to the edge of the tube if you like.)

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 6: Cut and attach a piece of paper to fit over the top of the half tube and wrap it around the back edge.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 7: Use the craft knife to trim off any excess paper.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

Step 8: Hot glue a picture-hanging loop onto the back of the bag holder.

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

DIY Plastic Bag Holder on Design*Droits-Humains

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Comments

  • Wonderful. I use the bags to pick up after my dog. Having a place to store them without them becoming a giant plastic mess is a bonus. Thanks!!!

    • Hi Nicole

      Here’s a link to a round-up of marble Contact paper available online:

      Good luck!

      Caitlin

      • Another great place to look for paper is what I (lovingly) call the “junky dollar store” – not the regular chain ones, but the ones that look like convenience store-dollar store combinations. Usually they have older stock that’s been around a while, and that’s where I find my best faux stone paper.

        • omg, I know exactly what kind of place you mean, and I don’t even live in the US! And I have gotten lots of great things for DIYs at these, too. It’s always sad when one closes!

  • Love this clever idea but when I was renting I made a simple plastic bag ‘sock’ using an ikat fabric remnant. This just hooked over a cupboard door knob rather than be fixed in any permanent fashion. It was as simple as running a straight seam up one side, turning the bottom edge over to hold a drawstring and adding the hanging fabric loop. Will try and remember to take a pic but its basically like these ones:

    Think this option is good for those that don’t want to fix stuff to walls or want something easily moveable.

    • I think you could probably use Kathleen’s version with a sticky-backed hook or double-sided sticky strip (think Command brand), if you couldn’t pierce walls. Although, I guess it wouldn’t be easy to move around.

  • I also have a very small kitchen with no pantry and very little cabinet space. I love this idea. Looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for sharing. Love this idea!

  • Thanks! I was looking for a DIY bag holder solution, because the commercial ones are all pretty big and I only ever have a few bags – too many to leave lying around balled up, not nearly enough to fill even half of a regular holder :P This is the only one that I found that has a flat back you can attach to a wall, and can be made in just about any size you want. Cool!

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