Everyone I know has brown paper bags stuffed into the nooks and crannies of their pantry. If your household is supporting too many landfills, it's time to think about the environment. A good way to recycle is to clean out the pantry and reuse things you thought were not good for much. I recently tackled the paper bag situation in my house, and want to share what I learned by teaching you how to make a handmade basket using paper bags.
The finished product is not only easy to make, but very practical and useful. What's more, it's recycling at its finest. And, if you can fold a paper bag, you already possess the talent required to make this item.
Using my instructions, baskets made out of simple grocery bags can be created in about a half hour.
Step One - Cut a cardboard piece to fit the bottom of a grocery bag. Corrugated cardboard works best as it reinforces the bottom and keeps the "basket" from absorbing moisture through the bottom. (The last thing you'd want is to have the bottom of your handmade basket rip open or sag when you place something hefty inside. Whenever using paper bags to make a basket, reinforce the base with a layer of cardboard .)
Step Two - Gather three brown paper grocery sacks. (Pick clean bags that are free from tears and, if possible, have little or no advertisements on them.)
Step Three - Brown Paper Bag Number One:
Step Four - Brown Paper Bag Number Two:
Step Five - Brown Paper Bag Number Three
Step Six - Putting it all together.
For a nostalgic feel of yesteryear, use 8-Track tape ribbon to decorate gifts-especially gifts to be given to the middle-aged crowd. Baby Boomers grew up listening to 8-Track tapes and will not only appreciate the walk down memory lane but also the smart and innovative idea on what to do with the broken 8-Tracks they have filling their own garages and basements.
Instead of using those store-bought gift tags, why not make heirloom gift tags for your lovely gifts this year? These tags are inexpensive and easy to make, but turn out to look really nice.