Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Origami Plastic Bags

Lately, my cupboard has been taken over by a big, white, plastic bag monster who likes to eat other plastic bags. It grows and grows until the shelves are overflowing. Some people have those bags for holding plastic bags but I never saw one I liked. Then I saw a post on Pinterest that suggested putting them in an old Kleenex box. That's a good idea... unless you have over 50, in which case, you need a lot of boxes. Then I came across this post by MouseChirpy and thought it was brilliant - origami plastic bags! Gosh I love the internet!

First, flatten out your plastic bag (including the handles). Fold it in half length-wise, then fold it in half again.


Next, fold a corner up from the bottom and into a triangle.

Continue to fold, making the triangles, until you've reached the handles.

   fold fold fold fold fold until.... here:

Now fold down the handles from the top until they're only 1/2" to 1" long.

I found it was easiest to take the top corners of the handles and fold them in so the center made a point.

Take that point and tuck it inside the folded layers.

And there you have it kids! An easy way to store a bunch of plastic bags so you can finally use those Kleenex boxes for something else... like Kleenex!


TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: 1 minute/bag

EASY PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 2 out of 5
It takes a second to get into the flow of it (coming from someone who never made paper footballs in school) but once you get into it, it's a piece 'o cake and they definitely cut down on valuable space!


  1. Okay this is crazy. They STAY???
    We have an entire cupboard of plastic bags. They're above the fridge where I can't even reach them (thx Tech Boy, 6'3"), really, but I'm sure that space could be used for something else I can't reach.

    1. It definitely works! Just make sure you tuck in the handles tight so it stays in the triangular formation and you're set!

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