Make All the Things: Plastic Bag Storage Container!

Hola friendmigos! It’s that time again!

This week, I’m going to show you how to make a space saving storage container for plastic bags!

If you are like me, you usually keep a vast majority of the plastic bags you get when you go to the store. They really do come in handy for carrying random stuff, and I’ve even pinned some things on Pinterest about using them as stuffing for outdoor pillows (GENIUS) which I may do at some point when I have nice outside furniture. Until then, I struggle with finding a convenient place to store the darn things! I’ve seen the fabric hanging bags that you can stuff them into, but honestly I have no where convinient to hand one of those. So I came up with this genius idea that I was able to make with things I just had on hand…no special trip was required!

Step 1: Gather your supplies!


What You’ll Need:

  • Empty Coffee Can
  • Spray Paint
  • Exacto Knife (or scissors would work too)

Step 2: Clean out the coffee can!

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You’ll likely have some little coffee crumbs left in the can, so quickly rinse out the can and let it dry. Doing this before hand it just easier. Trust me.

Step 3: Spray paint the can!


I choose black because I already had it on hand, and because I didn’t really care too much what color it was. It’s going under my sink…so….yeah. But, you could choose literally any color you like or you happen to have on hand. If you want to get real crazy, you could also modge podge scrapbook paper or fabric scraps all over it. Seriously, don’t feel like you have to go out and buy spray paint to make this…lol. It holds trash bags, for goodness sake.

Anyways, mine took about 2 coats of spray paint to be covered. In between drying times, you can move on to the next step…

Step 4: Cut the hole for the bags!

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Using either your exacto knife or scissors, cut a + (or X) shape into the top. This makes it easy to shove bags into the can when you get them, and makes an easy access point to retrieve them when you need them!

Step 5: Put it together and DONE!

Finally, put your plastic bags in the can, put the lid on, and there you have it! A much more convenient and organized location for those plastic bags we all hord like old people.

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Seriously…look at how ridiculous it looked under my sink before I made that little storage container!!! And it only look like 10 minutes max! Absolutely worth it!

Hope you enjoyed reading and/or making your own storage container!! We’ll see you next time when I show you how to *GROW YOUR OWN MONEY TREE!!!


*Not actually going to show you how to do this. If I knew how to do this, do you think I’d be storing my plastic bags in an old coffee tin? HECK NO. I’d be putting those puppies in a gold leaf, diamond encrusted something or other. Idk. I probably wouldn’t be collecting plastic bags in the first place if I had a money tree. *shrug*

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