DIY Plastic Bag Holder Ideas Using Upcycled Containers

I've collected quite a few DIY plastic bag holder ideas below, showing how you can contain your plastic shopping bags easily without having to buy anything.

Instead, just look around your home and I bet you'll find one of these containers that you can upcycle and make into a homemade plastic bag dispenser of sorts.

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You'll be surprised how many bags you can fit into one of these little containers, especially if you fold or wad them tightly.

In fact, I would suggest that you then recycle the additional ones you have that don't fit in the container, because honestly how many of them do you really need at one time?

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Tide Pods Container Makes A Perfect Plastic Bag Dispenser

by Tina

This photo was shared by a reader, Tina.

She explained many of the ideas shown below, but that "this is my favorite. You can close the lid and no one even knows they are there!!"

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Make A Grocery Bag Holder From Cleaning Wipes Container

by Jilena

Here's another simple solution which also naturally makes a simple dispenser for your shopping bags -- a cleaning wipes container.

This picture is from a reader, Jilena, who said: "Grocery bag solution! You'd be surprised how many bags can fit in these! I keep one in my car too for car garbage."

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DIY Bag Holder Using Tissue Box

This next idea is quite popular, and quite a few readers have submitted their photos showing me how they do it. It's to use an old tissue box to store the bags.

The photo above is from a reader, Stephanie, who says: "I fold then before I put then in so they come out neatly!"

It is surprising how many of these bags will fit into such a small box, but look at these before and after photos from a reader, Consuelo, who did this. Look how many fit!

storing plastic grocery bags in old tissue box

Consuelo says: "I wrap a bag around my fingers and tuck the end in. Each ball is then placed into an empty tissue box."

Here's a couple more pictures from additional readers. The left hand picture is from Elizabeth who said, "We do the tissue box too." The right hand photo is from Hilary, who explained, "an old Kleenex box works great too, and I have one stored in my car as well so I have garbage bags when needed."

tissues boxes for holding plastic bags

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Use Plastic Milk Jug For Holding These Bags

DIY milk jug plastic bag holder
The final idea that a couple of readers suggested was to use a washed out plastic milk jug.

The photo above is from a reader, Amanda, who says: "I put my used shopping bags in my old washed out milk jug. When it's full you can work on a new jug to put upstairs in a linen closet for bathrooms or bedrooms."

Similarly, the photo to the right is from Sheila, who does something quite similar.

Both ladies cut a hole in the jug so that they can both insert and then pull out the bags as needed.

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I use empty Kleenex boxes too!
by: Anonymous

I put mine in an empty Kleenex box and use for pet poop disposal. Each box will hold about 25 bags. I keep a box in each car and several under sink to use for trash. I have several trash bag plastic forms that hold grocery bags I got at Walmart several years ago. Then I put in large garbage can in basement.

we keep a cloth bag filled with them by the front door
by: BarBara

My husband had a great idea using a cloth bag with a tie string. We hang it on our coat rack by the front door and stuff it full of plastic bags. The ones that we get from the store that holds our fruit. When we take our pup for a walk we just pull a bag out and use it to pick up poop! We don't have to buy the bags and it is so handy!

recycle them if you have a lot!
by: Anonymous

If you have that many grocery bags why not recycle them at your grocery store? Many stores have a big box at the entrance where you can drop your bags for recycling.

response to suggestion to recycle them
by: Taylor

Hi Anonymous, you're absolutely right that if you've got more than you can reasonably reuse for other purposes it is best to recycle the excess. In fact, that's a suggestion, and an entire Declutter 365 mission that I mention at the very beginning of this article for that very reason! :)

I use an empty wipes container too!
by: Anonymous

To store your plastic bags take an empty Clorox wipes, or Lysol pop up, wash it really well, and then put your bags in there one at a time. Make sure to place them so that when you pull out one the next one pops up. Keep one in your car as well for those trips with the kids.

bag holder
by: nancy

Before throwing away your box that held your garbage bags whether it be store, or name brand, I saw where it was posted on Facebook, but now I can't find it. From what I can remember, you put one bag into the box. Next you slide the new bag through the handle of the first bag and so forth. Continue until your box or container is full, then just pull the one you need out. I used a qt size baggy box. It really works, the only thing is I don't have a bigger one to see how many it will hold.

we use Crystal Lite or Kool Aid containers
by: Mari R

We use our empty plastic Crystal Lite or Kool Aid containers to keep our plastic bags in. Snap the lid on and throw them in your overnight bag for dirty clothes, in the car, truck, boat for trash. I have a container in each bathroom under the sink by the kitty litter - very handy and repurposing a perfectly good plastic container.

plastic bag dispenser
by: Epifania

How do you stack them in so that they will come out one at a time in an orderly fashion? Thanks!

How I recycle and reuse them
by: Anonymous

I recycle by using them for garbage bags. I purchase plastic garbage containers the size that accommodates the generic grocery plastic bags, some even have indentations to attach the bags' handles. I also have a smaller 'bathroom-size' plastic garbage holder that I keep the bags in until time to use them or take to Publix to recycle. Recycling and saving money.

I keep as many as I can in the bottom of the garbage container where they are always handy.

Plastic Bag recycling
by: Anonymous

I save about 5-6 plastic bags for my personal use and then fold up the bags in lots of 10 each, rubber band them and donate to the local food pantry where they are always grateful for the donation.

best holder for multiple bags . . .
by: Jean Gray

The best holder for multiple bags, seems to be a plastic grocery bag, with a small hole in the bottom. If using plastic bags or containers be sure they are absolutely dry and away from humidity to prevent mold. Keep extra under the open bag in each trash can and in vehicles.

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