Looking for a more modern plastic bag holder you can make? We’ve got two of ’em! These Mid Century Modern bag dispensers (the ones you get at the grocery store) are made from a 2 liter soda bottle and a DVD or CD. Add spray paint and a few stickers along with our free label below and you’ve got not only a modern function piece to hang on the wall or inside a cupboard but also a great upcycle. We’ve got more ideas for getting Organized with Soda Bottles here. Or check out our entire Plastic Bottle Crafts & Upcycle section! It’s filled with wonderful creative and useful ideas for adults.
UPDATE: We’ve recently added a Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series that has a new updated version of this bag holder with a different style and top cover. So check that out too!
Plastic Bag Holder Supplies
- 2 Liter Plastic Bottle
- 1 CD or DVD
- Spray paint of choice (For the geometric shape we used Krylon Maxx Sea Glass Satin)
- Iron (optional, to round top edge of bottle)
- Utility Knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- Command Strips (optional, for hanging)
- Spray adhesive (optional, for applying cut out label)
- Dry erase marker (optional, for marking your bottle)
- Goo Gone (optional, for removing label residue)
- Circle stickers, washi tape or electrical tape
- Label below
We’ve got a pdf label you can cut out or a .studio3 file if you have a Silhouette cutting machine.
2 liter plastic soda bottle with the label removed.
Measure for your bag opening. You want about a 2″ opening. We use a dry erase marker for marking our bottle as it wipes off easily.
Cut along the lines you made.
Cut the bottom of the bottle off at whatever height you want your container. Our bottle had a natural line on it so we followed that. WE made our second dispenser shorter to allow it to fit inside a cupboard door.
Trim the ends with scissors to even them out if needed.
If desired, you can use an iron to round the top edge. Set the iron to high and press the top end against it for about 15 to 20 seconds until it starts to round. Only do this to the larger opening.
Heating the end gives it a very nice rounded edge.
Spray paint your bottle.
For the first bottle we applied a Silhouette label.
We used black electrical tape to make the triangle shapes.
Spray paint a DVD or CD. Glue on a small piece of ribbon to use for the hinge.
Attach your lid.
For the second dispenser we used a cut out label.
Spray adhesive was used to apply the label.
For the confetti design we used colored dot labels.
Paint the CD.
Apply the ribbon hing.
Sticky two sided Command Strips work wonderfully to attach your holder to the wall. You could also attach a ribbon to each side and hang it up or use a hole punch to hang it on a nail.
Fill your dispenser with plastic bags.
Completed plastic bag dispensers!
It said get you’re free liable printer but I can’t seem to find it.
Hi Victoria! Are you looking for the pdf you can download and print with the word “BAGS” on it? There is a download button for it including a download for people who have a Silhouette cutting machine.
I’m trying to sign up for your continuous creativity emails but I can’t get passed the “I’m not a robot” part. At first it would not let me check the box at all and now when I click it it’ll go in circles but not mark it. Is there a way u can add me? Thanks a bunch!
Did the same thing to me as well and this is what it said”firstname.lastname@example.org looks fake or invalid, please enter a real email address.” Trust me, this is my email so why would it say it looks fake??? Help please.
I’m so sorry megan. I have no idea why this is happening. I will add you on our mailing list manually. Thanks for letting me know!
I somehow missed your comment Michele… don’t know if you were able to finally subscribe or not but I will manually add you to the list. I’m so sorry for the problem!
These r very cute and thank you for sharing. I’ve seen several ideas for bags but love this one the best and I can use a few of them around my home. I’ll be making some also. Thank u again.
You’re so welcome Cathy. Thanks so much for visiting and the kind comment. Ü
Im not to much of ph expert but would like to c more bottles creation what site do u use thanks helen
Hi Helen! If you’re looking for more ideas look at our page that has ALL of our soda bottle crafts: SODA BOTTLE CRAFTS PAGE
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I store bags in tissue boxes and velcro to inside of cabinets (they can be attached to underside of bathroom cabinets and kept out of the way) but I need something to use for my dog poo bags that is convenient to use outdoors and still look nice. These are perfect! Your comment about paw prints struck just the right note. I can’t wait to get started! Thanks for the great idea.
Very happy anytime I can inspire someone. Ü
is there a specific way to stack bags in dispenser?
Nope…. you just stuff them down in and grab the next on that sticks up on the bottom. You don’t want to cram it too full or they can be difficult to get out. Thanks for visiting Shirley!
Why thank you Bridget. Ü Appreciate that lovely comment. Thanks so much for visiting!
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How do you fold up the bags to pull them out easily?
I bought some flowers made of the same type of bottles at a craft fair. I thought recycling the bottles was such a great idea. Now I have I can do with them. Keep up the good work.
Lovely n great idea to keep the plastic bags in a creative n an organized manner
What great ideas you have. I am 82 years old and find am
going to try some of these ideas
Thanks a Bunch
That’s wonderful Doris! Good luck!
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Thanks so much Christine!
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What a fun way to recycle a bottle, CD and plastic bags. I adore a good recycling project. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party .
You’re welcome Susan. Thanks for the kind comment!
This is such a cool, innovative idea! Thanks for sharing, Nancy 🙂
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You’re very welcome Edye. Thanks for stopping by!
Wonderful ideas – will definitely attempt a few
Awesome! Good luck Shakila!
Love this! We use grocery bag for doggy clean up and the cat box, but right now they’ew just in a huge pile in a cabinet.
Oh…. I can think of some cool designs for using them for that… a big paw print on the front maybe… Ü
Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea. I’m definitely going to do this for the garage.
You’re very welcome Carol. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Good luck!
I saw the post on Hometalk, and decided to stop by and see some more . The dispenser is nice and certainly serves a useful purpose . I am going to make a couple for the pole-barns where my dad has his tractor collection and the work area. Will not be necessary to hunt for the last place I threw some. Thanks.
Thank you so much Phillip. I’m so glad you found it useful. Appreciate you stopping by from Hometalk.