Although completely necessary and useful, doggie bags are a complete pain in the you-know-what. The small rolls either get lost or clunk around on your keychain and recycled plastic bags always pile up and look messy. Here, find an easy (and cute!) way to keep your doggie bags neat, organized and consistently able to locate.
What you’ll need:
- Plastic placemat (match the mat to your own personal style or keep it simple with a solid color)
- Square peg board tile
- Exacto knife
- Permanent marker
- Six nuts with matching bolts
Lay your placemat on a flat surface and flip it over so the back is facing upward. Lay your square pegboard tile in your desired location. Using your market, carefully trace the pegboard outline onto the back of the placemat. Using your scissors, follow your traced line and cut the placemat into a square.
Keeping your pegboard lined up with your recently-cut placemat, use your marker to mark through the top, middle, and bottom peg board holes on the left side of your mat. Repeat this step on the right side of your placemat. These marks will designate an exact measurement of where your bolts will go.
After marking through your peg holes, your placemat should look like this.
Using your Exacto knife, carefully cut a small “X” shape over each peg-hole dot. These “Xs” should be no larger than half of an inch wide or tall.
Keeping your placemat flipped so that the back is facing upward, draw seven one to one-and-a-half inch circles onto your placemat. These circles can be drawn randomly on the mat, but should be at least one inch apart.
After you have drawn all of your circles, use your Exacto knife to cut an “X” shape in the middle of each one. This “X” will serve as a starting point so that you can use your scissors to cut out your circle shapes.
After you have cut out all seven circles, flip your mat over so that the front is facing up. Line your placemat up with your top, middle, and bottom peg holes on each side, leaving one row of peg holes on each side. Place your nuts in and through each of the pre-cut “X” peg-hole slots.
Secure your six nuts with their matching bolts. Your placemat should bubble up in the middle, creating a hump.
Gather your loose plastic bags and place them between your pegboard and your placemat. When ready to use, simply pull a plastic bag through one of the cut-out holes.