DIY Grocery Bag Dispenser

I found this via Pintrest and followed it to this wonderful blog Tater tots and Jello. My family keeps bags from the stores to reuse for other things. Trash bags, lunch, you name it. And my mom keeps them in a big box at the bottom of our pantry.  (Shown below) This usually is fine, but after a while it gets a bit full and then messy. So when I saw this on Pintrest I knew it would be perfect for my mom!

These rolls are awesome because they can be taken anywhere, used for anything, and they are convenient. Every few trips to the store, or even every trip, a new roll can be made or added on to to save space.  I decided to roll all our bags based on size, the roll shown here are from my last trip to Target.

What you will need: 

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler
Grab all the bags from the last trip to the store.  Lay them out and straighten along folds already in bags.  Push out all remaining air in bags so they will fold easy, I used a ruler to help push out air.  Fold bags  hot dog style; lay out flat on a hard surface like a kitchen counter.
On the first bag, fold handles upward and away from rest of roll.
Overlap other bags so handles from one bag are laying on the bottom of the bag in front of it.
Starting with the first bag, roll all bags tightly like a sleeping bag pushing out any extra air as you roll.
I had a few air pockets in my bags until I got the hang of it. It is easy to add more bags after you are done by simply unrolling the last bag a little bit and continue rolling like a sleeping bag.
I finished my roll by securing my bags with a rubber band.  Tater tots and Jello made a case to hold their bags in which looks wonderful, I suggest you check it out!

Rolls of bags can even be taken into the store with you to reuse, or I even made one for my sister to use when her new puppy poops outside!

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