How to Make a Plastic Bag Dispenser

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Tired of that heap of plastic grocery and shopping bags stuffed under your sink or shoved into a drawer? Those bags come in handy as trash can liners, pooper scoopers, or myriad other uses, so you don't want to just throw them away. Make this cute, easy craft to contain all those bags.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty Tissue Box
  • Gift Wrap or Wallpaper Samples
  • White Glue
  • Scissors
  • Raffia or Ribbon
  • Optional: Old Magazines
  • Turn the tissue box on one end, so that it is tall and narrow, rather than short and long. Use the scissors to cut off the end of the box that is pointing up. This will be where you will tuck in plastic bags.

  • Slice a small rectangle from the box, opposite of the end that you cut off. The rectangle should be on the same side of the box as the hole that the tissues are normally dispensed from, but at the very end of the box. This will be the opening from which you will pull out plastic bags.

  • Cut gift wrap or wallpaper samples to fit the tissue box, as if you were going to wrap it like a gift. Before you wrap it, dot glue around the box, especially near the openings you have cut. Wrap the paper around the box and smooth it down, making sure it adheres. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Snip some pictures out of magazines that match your kitchen decor, if desired. Glue or decoupage them onto the front and sides of your plastic bag dispenser for added flair.

  • Poke two holes at the top front of your dispenser, each about an inch in from the sides and one-half an inch to an inch from the top. Poke a hole in the center of each side of the top of your paper bag dispenser as well. Each of these holes should be the same distance from the top as the front holes, but these should be in the center of the box.

  • String a length of raffia or ribbon through one of the holes in the front and out the hole on the corresponding side. Thread it back in through the opposite side, from the outside in, and back out through the front. Leave enough length to hang it from, and tie it in a bow.

  • Hang your new dispenser, start filling with plastic bags, and enjoy!

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