How to make a “green” airtight bag sealer

I love to learn new things. In fact, I have a personal goal to learn one new thing each day. Sometimes these are *big* things, like a new quilting technique or learning a new platform for my website (something my techie son has me working on lately!). But most days my new learning is about small, simple things. Like a new word. Or a concept. Looking at something *old* in a new way… you get it.

I especially like ideas involving re-purposing things. So when I came across this particular one a few days ago… well, let’s just say I loved it so much I just HAD TO share it. Here we go…

I don’t know about you, but I have a real problem when it comes to storing things in plastic bags. Sometimes I knot them and then have a hard time untying the knots. This has been an issue particularly with bags stored in the freezer. I’ve invested in those plastic bag clips, but they seem to break far too soon. So I’ve resorted to clothes pins, which often fall off in the freezer.

Enter the solution of using plastic bottles and caps for airtight sealers! To make your own you will need:

1. Plastic bottles from your recycling bin

2. Craft knife (or any knife you don’t mind using for cutting plastic)

3. Scissors (also for cutting plastic)

4. Candle (or other source of heat)

Using the craft knife, cut the bottle neck off.

Depending on how thick the plastic is on the neck of the bottle, you will probably end up with a jagged edge. Trim as best you can with the scissors.

If the edge continues jagged, heat it to make it smooth. This plastic melts very easily, so make sure not to hold it to the flame too long.

And that’s that. You have your very own bag sealer. Make as many as you like!

To use, insert the bag through the bottle neck. Fold the plastic back down onto the bottle neck and screw on the cap. Nifty, right?

You can easily store all kinds of things without fear of things falling out of the bag, or having to deal with tight knots.

For me, of course, where I most will be using these is in my freezer!

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12 Comments

  1. Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea – am off to make some of my own!

  2. Shelley C
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Well, this is a very cool idea!

  3. Posted April 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I love it. I am off to my recycle bin. Really a wonderful idea.

  4. mariangela
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    bellissima idea. un grande abbraccio. mariangela

  5. Cathy
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    What a fabulous idea! You are so clever to think of this.

  6. rosa
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    ¡UNA IDEA FABULOSA Y ORIGINAL..UN SALUDO ROSA

  7. Marianela Vigouroux
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    De verdad que es genial tu idea,por lo general todo se desparra en el congelador debido al mal cierre de la bolsa .Muchas gracias.Saludos desde Chile.

  8. Irene
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Angie. I´ve read about this before in another blog, but it was just the idea, and I didn´t understand it at all. Your tutorial is -as always- very complete and clear! Now I´m starting to keep the plastic bottles… before Alex, our Golden Retriever, catches´em for playing.

  9. lourdes
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I´ll like this idea reach the whole entire world. Muchos saludos, L.

  10. marlene
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    what a brilliant idear, i’m going to tell my mum about this, thank you. md

  11. Thilina
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Its very kool

  12. sandra de roubaix
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Always wondered what to do with the neck! I use the rest for all kinds of other things(Bracelets and gift containers) I have passed the ideas(including the broom) on to a pastor friend who ministers to the rural people near where I live(near the Kruger Game Reserve in South Africa)

    We desperately need to do some job creation as the people are very poor.

    Thanks for the ideas

  • Angie Padilla

    I am a self-learner. I taught myself to sew and to quilt. And I taught myself how to draw. I am learning how to dye my own fabrics and am dabbling with mixed media. I am a quilt designer and teacher, and design and publish my own line of quilt patterns. With this blog I would like to share the bits and pieces of my life.

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