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6 Easy DIY Home Hacks Using Reusable Shopping Bags

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!

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18 thoughts on “6 Easy DIY Home Hacks Using Reusable Shopping Bags”

  1. These are great ideas. I always have such a mess around our cat dishes. I just stored all my Christmas up in the attic. I will have to visit my mother-in-laws garage. She stores everything and loves to pass things out to her family.

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  2. Who would have thought that a simple table cloth could look that good as table runner! That gave me an idea to maybe try and use them as background for food photos… I just need to find decent looking shopping bags!

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    1. That’s a great idea!! The fold up so nice too – easy to tuck away when you’re not using them – you could have a good selection on hand without taking up a lot of space. Dollar Tree has a great selection – I’m just itching to see what they come out with for spring time – the colors are so vibrant.

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      1. I’m afraid the nearest Dollar Tree store is about 8500 kilometres away from here 😀 I’ll look for them in my local stores, they might have some – I just probably never noticed them as I didn’t really need them.

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  3. Great ideas. Love the pet “place” mat idea.
    In Ontario we had some snow on Xmas but its all gone once again. Also I love dollar tree were everything is 1.25 lol. Dollarama is still great too, I enjoy hoping around to all of them truth be told. Do you guys have the Dollar n More chain out west? We got our first last year and its had many visits lol.

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