Well the holiday season has come to an end. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas for those of you who celebrate it. I had a big gathering this year and that meant a lot of boots at the entrance. Even after I had moved all our personal boots and shoes out of the front hall closet downstairs to make room for guests winter wear, I knew I’d still need additional floor mats in the foyer that would keep the melting snow from pooling on the tile. In Alberta we take our shoes or boots off at the entrance to whatever home we are at – wet tiles is a recipe for wet socks or worse, a slip and fall. My solution? Convert the plastic reusable shopping bags I purchased at the Dollar Tree. Not only did this idea work out great, I discovered several other additional ways to use them.
The light weight plastic makes it water proof and easy to wipe off and the bags come in lots of colors and patterns so you can match to your decor or season. I just have Christmas bags right now but I’m planning on changing things up with the seasons, I’ll keep you posted!
Plastic Reusable Shopping Bag
Instructions: Cut out both side panels and handles. You are left with a rectangle that can be used for all sorts of things.
#1 Boot/Shoe Mat
You can simply lay it out on the floor for a boot or shoe mat or cut to size to use as a lining on a shoe rack or for the bottom of the closet
#2 Pet Mat
I also used one of the bags by the patio door where the dog goes in and out. We are still working on getting him to stay by the door until I wipe off his paws. I had a regular little house mat there before but I actually prefer this, it’s easy to wipe off and keep clean.
# 3 Pet Food Mat
These work great for under the pet food water and food dishes! It’s so easy to cut and clean
# 4 Plant Mat
These also work well for under indoor plants! You can change the bag to match the season or holiday and its very affordable and re-usable too!
#5 Table Runner or Cover
These red and white bags had such a nice design, they look lovely just about anywhere! Again like the checkered bag I just cut out the side panels and cut off the handles.
#6 Cupboard Liner
Because they are light weight plastic they work great for cupboard or pantry liners and perfect under the sink!
There are just endless possibilities! For under $2.00 you have a durable, colorful, waterproof mat. I’m excited to watch for different bags to change things up for spring!