So, here in California, plastic grocery bags are banned at grocery stores, unless you are willing to pay 10 cents for each bag. This is to help keep plastic out of our environment and out of landfills. Instead, we are encouraged to bring reusable grocery bags with us to the store to bag our groceries. I have no issue with any of this, but unfortunately, even after having this law in place for over two years, my feeble brain can never remember to bring the reusable grocery bags with me to the store! So, I decided to try a new solution to my conundrum! A DIY Grocery Bag Hanger and Sign that now hangs by the door to the garage so I will always see them on my way out of the house.
DIY Grocery Bag Hanger and Sign Materials & Supplies:
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||Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
|Kreg 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
|| Dark Walnut Wood Stain
|FolkArt Chalk Paint in Cascade
||Bronze & Copper Coat and Hat Hook
DIY Shopping Bag Hanger and Sign Wood List:
|1||1×8||6′ (or shorter if available)|
DIY Shopping Bag Hanger and Sign Wood Cut List:
DIY Shopping Bag Hanger and Sign Instructions:
1.Cut the boards to size:
- Cut 1 1×8 board to 16 1/2″ in length
- Cut 4 1×4 boards to 10″ length each
- Cut 1 1×3 board to 10″ in length
2. Drill one 3/4″ pocket hole into one end of each 1×4 and 1×3 board.
3. Drill two 3/4″ pocket holes into the long side of the 1×3 board and of 3 of the 1×4 boards.
4. Attach the 1×4 and 1×3 boards together (1×3 should be centered between two 1×4 boards on each side) using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
5. Attach the assembled 1×4 and 1×3 boards to the 1×8 board using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back of the assembled sign should look similar to this:
6. Sand the front of the assembled boards until smooth.
7. Stain the 1×8 board with Dark Walnut stain.
8. Stain the 1×4 boards with Dark Walnut wood stain (do not stain the center 1×3 board).
9. Paint the center 1×3 board with FolkArt chalk paint in cascade color.
10. In Microsoft Word or a photo editing or graphics software (I used online photo editing software called Picmonkey), create a design for your sign in a size that will fit onto the 1×8 board. I chose a leafy wreath design with the words “Don’t forget the Shopping Bags” as the decor for my sign.
11. Once the design is complete, print onto paper.
12. Place the paper with the design in the exact spot you would like the design to be on the 18 board and tape it in place.
13. Once the designs are taped in place, use a sharp pencil or pen to trace over the words or design, pressing hard enough to leave indentations in the wood.
14. Once the design is traced into the wood, use a stiff, fine paint brush to begin painting the design onto the wood, staying inside the traced lines. (I used Cascade color chalk paint for the wreath and a white fine point paint pen for the lettering.
15. Once all the paint has dried, attach the coat/hat hook using the instructions on .
16. Attach a picture hanger to the back and hang in its desired location! I chose to hang it right next to my door to my garage so I’d see it on my way out the door.
Do you have a way that works for you to remember to bring those reusable grocery bags? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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