The problem is storing the bags in a neat and orderly manner. You can stuff them all into one bag and put them in a kitchen cabinet, but it becomes difficult to grab just one bag when you need one.
We have a solution: use your woodworking skills to build a plastic shopping bag saver. This simple woodworking project allows you to store up to 40 standard-sized plastic shopping bags, and when you need a bag, simply grab one from the opening at the bottom of the unit. When you get more from the store, open the lid at the top and stuff them individually into the unit for later use.
This set of free woodworking plans includes a downloadable measured drawing and a bill of materials. You can choose to finish it however you want, but you may need to figure out a method of hanging the unit. In our case, we had a baker's rack that we hooked the unit on with some coat hooks.
Want to build a shopping bag saver of your own? Download the Free Woodworking Plans to build a Plastic Shopping Bag Saver (PDF).
- Woodworking: Easy
- Finishing: Paint or Stain
Time to Complete
- 1-2 Hours
- Table Saw or Radial Arm Saw
- Compound Miter Saw or Circular Saw
- Band Saw or Jigsaw
- Power Drill
- 1 - 1x8 x 6' Pine, Poplar or hardwood of choice
- 1 - 1x6 x 8' Pine, Poplar or hardwood of choice
- 2 - 3/4" brass hinges
- 4d finish nails or pneumatic brad nailer
- Tape Measure
- Layout Square