30 October 2012

Pin Busters! D-I-Y Bottle-top Bag Closure

Have you seen that Pin that shows you how to use the top of a water bottle to make a closure for bags of chocolate chips and such? Have you tried it? Yeah, me neither. Every time I saw it, I would say "I need to do that" and yet every time I opened a new bag of chocolate chips, I would just tape it closed (or Lulu would just twist the bag & hope that it stayed that way - silly girl).


I finally got around to giving it a try since Gus bought a case of bottled water at Kroger. One thing about the Kroger brand water bottles - they are extremely lightweight and easy to cut.


Here's what you do:

Wash an empty water bottle, and cut off the top part with the lid. I don't think it really matters how far up or down you cut it, as long as you have the neck of the bottle and the threaded opening with the lid.


Remove the lid, twist the bag so that it will fit up through the bottom of the bottle and out through the top.


Open the twisted bag, folding it down over the bottle.


Run your fingers around the part of the bag that is over the threads on the bottle, then screw on the cap.


That's it! So easy - so simple - I don't know why I didn't do it before. (Yes, I do - it's a four-letter word that starts with "L" and ends with "Y".)

The verdict: Pin-worthy! It works really well, and you can even reuse the bottle tops. Also, if what's inside the bag is small enough/the bottle opening is large enough, you can just use the top to pour. And if not, it's easy enough to remove the bottle, pour out whatever is in the bag, and put the bottle back.
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