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UPCYCLED PLASTIC BAG DRYING RACK

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A our house we try to re-use or upcycle whenever and whatever we can. So we save and re-use plastic bags. We wash them in dish soap and hot water, then air dry. The problem is where to dry them? In the past we have stuck them on bottles or upside-down in the dish rack but these methods didn't work well.

We needed a bag drying rack of some sort.

So years ago I was at a used office supply store and I found a couple old STANDARD STAMP CAROUSEL Rubber Stamp Holders. They are metal revolving racks made by the Standard company, which hold rubber stamps. I bought them because I thought they looked cool. I put them away and waited for inspiration.

Then recently it hit me-- I would use one to make the much needed drying rack for our plastic bags. I know this type of office equipment may be hard to come by but the construction of the rack could easily be modified to fit other objects as the base instead of the rubber stamp carousel. But if you really want the racks, I have seen them on eBay for $7-$20. Mine were cheap, however. I think I paid about $1 per rack.

Here is a photo of the finished rack.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

Here is the original rack. It is metal and the arms hold the rubber stamps--the type with wooden handles. The top section with the arms revolve or spin, Lazy Susan style, for easy access to the stamps.

I also used:

8 wooden chop sticks
Yellow spray paint
plastic lid from recycle bin
hot glue gun
ice pick or awl
scissors
pen/marker
Sugru http://sugru.com/
disposable gloves
Very smart! I've always gotten rid of especially nasty bags, never thought about washing them.
sparkleponytx (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks! I enjoy looking at my new yellow drying rack everyday. It's cheerful and so useful! Feels good to know I did it.
My friend use to wash them and have them sitting all over the kitchen. This would make it so much more organized! Thanks for sharing your idea :)