How to fold and store plastic bags

This isn’t the first time I have posted on how to fold and store plastic bags. Way back in 2015, I shared a method on how to fold plastic bags in neat little triangles – you can check that out here.  After this post, you’ll have a couple of ideas for storing plastic bags.

You know those plastic bags the ones that were banned and frowned upon, so every time you’d go shopping on a whim and didn’t have a plastic bag, you either had to buy the plastic or buy the cloth ones… then this pandemic hits and suddenly plastic is once again KING – I find myself with too many and they are getting messy and I wanted to try a new method of folding and storing plastic bags. This is just the first bunch I did, they were hanging off my kitchen chair.

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First take all the bags and fold them in half and smooth them out.

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Now take another bag and lay it over the first bag at the bottom of the bag (as shown below).

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Now fold the top of the first bag down and make sure it points to the left and start to roll the bag down toward the next bag, roll it right over the next bag and continue on adding another bag at the bottom and keep rolling until you have rolled all of your bags.

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You will end up with a cylinder of bags, that will act like pulling tissue out of a box, one will follow the other.  IMG_6532

At this point, if you have an empty cylinder shaped container or even an empty tissue box, you can insert your bags in the container or tissue box with the first bag coming up through the top. This is a neat and tidy way to store those bags and when you need one, you can easily pull one out at a time.  You can get creative and decorate the container you chose to match your decor scheme.

I hope this was useful and helpful and gave you a quick, easy way to store those, once again, popular plastic shopping bags.

Easy plastic bag folding method – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Day 11 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 11

It’s getting really close to the end of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. I hope you have been following along and enjoying my Pinterest Inspired ideas so far (links to projects can be found at the end of this post).

This is Day 11 and today’s post will be about using Chalk Couture products to make one of a kind Christmas decor. Click on the link to go to my website https://www.chalkcouture.ca/awandafulthing where you can find all the pastes and transfers used in these projects.

I upcycled two thrift store serving trays.  The first tray is made of wood and rattan. Normally I would paint a tray like this but decided to leave it as it was as I hoped the red Chalk paste would be a nice accent.

I used my “merry” transfer and candy apple red chalk paste. I was very pleased with the bright red against the wood grain. I like the understated elegant simplicity of it.

The second tray I decided to upcycle was an old vintage metal tray. Continue reading Day 11 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

Reloved Thrift Store Items

I want to share with you two quick upcycles I recently completed.

I found this wooden plant holder at a thrift store last year, it was $1.50. I’m sure you could use it for many other things. It’s going to get sprayed with Rustoleum Linen Chalk Paint.

This little office item was free at a local town-wide garage sale. I am going to use it to hold sticky note pads, I never seem to be able to find one when I need it. It’s going to get a coat of Krylon Watermelon Spray paint.

Continue reading Reloved Thrift Store Items

Upcycled Thrift Store Tray

I scored this cute tray with wood handles in the Goodwill Bins last week. I threw it in my cart with the hope I’d get around to painting it the next day and posting about it the next day.  Well that didn’t happen….insert life..lol

(Fast forward one week). The pattern on the tray is cute but I decided I wanted to paint it a solid color and then use my Cricut to make a stencil so I could customize it the way I wanted it.

I bought some Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint called In The Navy, I really love this color, it’s so very rich looking. I also love the Dixie Belle paint line, it covers well, has no odor and comes in 64 colors.

I gave the tray a quick wipe down, then painted it with two coats of paint and let it dry. While it was drying I designed and printed out my stencil. Did I take a picture of the stencil?- NO – I am so bad at taking pictures as I go, especially when I’m creating. Is anyone else like me in that respect?  I used Rust-oleum Chalked paint in linen white on the stencil as that is what I had in my stash.

I decided not to wet distress this tray because I like the crisp look of the white on the navy. I will give it a few coats of wax and a good buff before using it outside on the deck this summer for serving Lemonade. I will share my favorite homemade lemonade recipe in another post.

A recycled thrift store tray with Chalk paint…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Upcycled Thrift Store Frame #2

Here are a few of the items I bought this weekend. The larger dark frame in the upper corner I paid $1.50 for.  I decided to upcycle this one first. As I transform the other items (if I do), I’ll do posts on those at a later date.

I also bought some Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint called sea glass, it’s the $15.00 purchase shown above. Here is a closer look at the color.

After I gave the frame a good wipe down, I painted the frame and the picture with one good thick coat of sea glass chalk mineral paint. I am so bad at taking pictures as I go.

I wet distressed the frame and had plans to use a reverse stencil but when I put the vinyl letters on I liked it so much I decided to leave it as it was. Sometimes plans change and sometimes that’s a good thing.

A quick coat of wax and a buff was next. After about an hour or so, it was ready to display and photograph. It will be on sale and on display at our local restaurant called The Vintage Kitchen along with some other vintage kitchen items.  You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/VintageKitchenLegal/

Chalk paint…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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10 Fabulous Fall Wreaths- DIY-September 2018

The crisp fall air has begun in my neck of the woods so I thought I’d start off my September posts with 1o Fabulous DIY Fall Wreaths.

These fall wreaths are easy to make and showcase the best of autumn, all in their own unique way.

If you make your own fall wreath each year, would you make one of these?? #3 has me intriqued…I’ll let you know if I make one.

Check them out – 10 DIY Fabulous Fall Wreaths.

  1.        Autumn Coffee Filter Wreath by Hometalker Lisa D

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2. Rustic DIY Fall Wreath by Crafts Unleashed

3.  Easy Copper Scouring Pad Wreath – find tutorial at All Free Christmas Crafts

4. Fall Antler Wreath from Twelve on Main 

I used an antler for a Christmas door decoration during My 12 Days of Christmas 2016, check it out here

5. Paper Fall Wreath with free printable from i heart naptime Continue reading 10 Fabulous Fall Wreaths- DIY-September 2018

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

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It’s been awhile since I’ve upcycled a thrift store find.  I’m going to show you three things I recently bought with the intention to upcycle but decided I would only change two of them. You will see what I mean and I’d love to know if you agree or would change it.

First is this picture frame with spots for 8 photos. It has two picture hangers on the back so that you can hang it vertically as shown (the way I plan to use it) or horizontally. 

I bought it with the intention to use it as part of my cubicle makeover at the place I work when I’m not having fun vintage hunting or blogging. I will do a post when that makeover is complete. The picture frame is from Goodwill and was marked $3.50 but lucky me it had a green tag and it was green tag 50% off day – woohoo $1.75 – you just can’t beat the price.

I wasn’t keen on the color so I decided to paint it.  I used a latex Sherwin Williams color called Nantucket. Two coats and it was ready for the freshly cleaned glass and some photos…which I have not had printed off yet (next on the list).

 

For the second upcycled project, I bought a wood sign from Value Village  for Continue reading Upcycled Thrift Store Finds