Sarah from ‘Flourish & Knot‘ gathered a great group of bloggers together for a few challenges in 2017, all revolving around DIY solutions that only use materials you have on hand (i.e., you’re not allowed to spend any $$$!)
February marks our first challenge and I had some work to do to figure out what I already had to solve a few problem areas in our home. I decided to tackle a small area of our pantry that is overrun with plastic bags. Anyone else have this issue?? I thought a reusable fabric bag could hold them all in but this is what it looks like:
And more often than not, this is what happens:
The solution I used came from a former co-worker of mine (Marc, if you’re reading this, I first thought you were nuts but now I think you’re a genius!). It involves:
- toilet paper rolls
- pretty paper
- tape (I like double-sided personally)
- plastic bags (of course!)
I wrapped the pretty scrapbook paper I had on hand to the toilet rolls (the process is similar to what I did in this post) and then I started folding the plastic bags. Here are a slew of photos to show you how I did the folding:
Repeat this process until all of your plastic bags are folded (side note, watching an episode of Real Housewives helps speed up this process). Once you’ve folded up all of your bags, stack a whole bunch, one on top of the other, and pop them into your newly decorated toilet paper roll:
And voila, you’ve compressed a million plastic bags into one tiny tube! Ok not really but it will feel like a million (I can get about 10 plastic bags per roll). The lovely thing about this method is that everytime you need a bag, you just pull one out from the roll like you would a Kleenex tissue.
With this little hack, all of those bags I had above got compressed into two toilet roll tubes!
And the bonus? It didn’t cost a dime.
Come visit with the other bloggers participating in our no-spend DIY series. The next blogger on our hop today is Maria from ‘Simple Nature Decor‘. She has a lovely chair makeover you must see!
There for the Making – February Challenge!