Grocery Bag Dispenser Holder

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DIY grocery bag holder dispenser trash

Finally a solution for those disposable grocery bags!

This DIY Grocery bag dispensers stores, dispenses and holds bags - the perfect solution for reusing those plastic grocery bags.

We are donating a Warm Up Shack to our Community Ice Rink.  There is no budget for daily janitorial, so I knew better than to include a trash can without having a designated means to take the trash out.  So I racked my brain - How could we create a system that enabled people to pack their own trash?  And one that doesn't cost our community any extra money?

Of course we use reuseable grocery bags, but inevitably, everyone ends up with some plastic grocery bags.  I can't stand throwing them away, so will use them in bathroom trash cans and keep a few in the car and in my diaper bag (when we are in the diaper years).  They can be quite handy for dealing with trash.

So I came up with this - 

Plastic grocery bags can be stuffed in from the top.  Bags can be dispensed out the front.  And two knobs can be used to hold the bag up when in use as a trash can.

We've already used it a few times, and the system works!  It's too easy to pack your own trash this way, and I'm confident this system will be very help to users of the Skate Shack.

You can watch me build it in this video -

Since then I've stained the outside Rustoleum Dark Walnut -

And added the chalkboard to the front.  It's just a piece of 1/4" scrap plywood spray painted with Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint.

It's just 8 feet of 1x6 boards, and some holes drilled!  

You'll find the plans following - do share if you build, can't wait to see how your Grocery Bag Dispenser turns out - and how you use it too!

XO Ana




Shopping List

1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

1 - 2x3 or 2x4 @ 12" long - cleat for hanging, can also use hanging brackets

1-1/4" brad nails

2 - knobs (nails or screw heads would work too)

Cut List

5 - 1x12 @ 11-3/4" (I shortened these cuts so you can get all the cuts from the 1x6x8)

2 - 1x12 @ 18" - cut to fit

1 - 2x3 or 2x4 @ 11-3/4"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Hole Saw Kit


Step 1

Nail two 1x6s together as shown in diagram.  TIP: Elevate inset board on a 1x6 board to get the 3/4" inset depth.

Repeat to build two.

Step 2

Layout the top and bottom with the middle board in place.  Measure and cut sides (should be about 18").

Nail the sides to the top and bottoms you built in step 1 with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.  

Step 3

Nail the last 1x6 board in the center.

Cut out the openings for loading and dispensing the bags.  I wish I'd used a jigsaw to cut a square opening in the front as it does look a little "birdhousy" - as my four year old put it.

Step 4

To hang, I cut a scrap 2x4 board 11-3/4" long and screwed it to the wall where i wanted the grocery bag dispenser hung.  Then I just placed the grocery bag dispenser over the 2x board and screwed it down with a couple of 1-1/4" wood screws.

You could also hang with metal brackets or a picture hanging kit.