Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Storage Solutions: Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial

Are you like me?  You have those plastic grocery bags all over the place?  Everywhere.  They make me crazy.  We never throw them out and always resuse them as little trash bags for the kids diapers.  They used to sit in the hall in a big ugly, messy pile.  Then I found an empty can to keep them in, no longer messy but still ugly.  Solution?  A little scrap of fabric can make a big difference.

Are you ready to make this with me??  Let's go!   

Step1:  Get a large can with a plastic lid.  (I got this a long time ago from the LDS cannery but I have a nacho cheese can from Sam's club that would have worked too.) 
Step 2:  Cut a hole in the lid.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  You're storing trash bags for goodness sake!
Step 3:  Measure your can and cut a scrap of fabric that size (or slightly larger).  Mine was 19 x 7 inches.  Don't bother ironing it.  You don't need to.
Step 4:  Use mod podge to adhere fabric to can.  Dab the glue on generously just a few inches around at a time.  Make sure your pull your fabric on tight and smooth out any bumps or wrinkles.  My 3 year old assisted with this step.  If she can do it, so can you.
Step 5:  Trim off any extra fabric.  You can use scissors or an exacto knife.
Step 6:  Coat the whole thing in more mod podge.  Don't worry if you didn't get every bump.  The mod podge will shrink it and seal it up nice and tight. 
Step 7:  Let it dry and embellish however you want to.  I added this ribbon and bow with hot glue.  Replace lid and stuff with bags.

Viola!  Done and done!  That was easy, it took just 10 minutes and my house looks cuter and cleaner already. 


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1 comment:

  1. This grocery bag holder is an excellent storage solution for grocery and plastic bags that are usually scattered around place. Even an old and muddy tin can, can be turned into a dazzling work of art like this, if we will only embellish it with a colorful cloth and some accessories. This can is not only perfect storage but can also serve as an ornamental décor in your living room.

    Ericka Muldowney


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