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 COSTS: Free!

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!

3 comments:

  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.

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    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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  2. Setup in a Shanghai park, the monster comes with the tagline. Corrugated Plastic Sign

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