Thursday, April 26, 2012

{Did I Pin a Win?} Bottle Cap Bag Closures

Did I Pin a Win?For this week's "Pin a Win", I'm featuring the pin below. When I followed the link from the pin, all it was was a picture on Imgur. Now, there's surely a tutorial out there already, or maybe it's just so straightforward that it doesn't really need a tutorial. When I saw this idea though, I thought it was pretty genius and I knew I had to try it.

Why use a bottle top and cap to close up bags like this? Why not just use a clothes pin or a clip or a twist tie or even a ziplock bag? Well, all of those have flaws of their own, and I wasn't really satisfied with them anyway. Besides, this is clever!

Source: via Susan on Pinterest

So, fist I grabbed a clean juice bottle - you want a bottle with a wide mouth. I then used my kitchen shears to cut off about 2 1/2 inches. Then I just kind of trimmed up the edges to make it more smooth.

Here's the package I wanted to close up and how I threaded the empty portion through the bottle top opening. 

Next, I folded the loose bag back over the bottle top and then screwed the lid over the plastic. I was worried that it wasn't really going to hold through the plastic, but it does just fine!

I can see all kinds of potential for this "technology" - chopped nuts seem to work quite well and will even pour out the spout. But I think where this idea would truly shine is with things like quinoa and rice - can you imagine?!?

So, yeah. This idea definitely accomplishes its purpose - holding the bag closed in a neat way that is not going to come loose or waste a ziplock bag. And although the chocolate chips were a bit big (and I must admit my house was warm enough that they were also slightly melty) to pour nicely from the spout, things like nuts and rice would work really well. Plus it was free, using materials on hand.

I'm going to say it is a WIN! And I'm looking forward to opening more bags, just so I can close them back up with a bottle top. ;-)


  1. I'm glad I found this blogpost. I also pinned this a few months ago, but failed miserably and had given up on it, because in the original pin picture it appears to be a regular water bottle or soda bottle and the mouth was not wide enough for anything to go through not to mention made it hard to close with all the packaging. Then I saw you had used a juice bottle!! Ding, Ding, Ding we have a winner! I had one of those duh, why didn't I think of that moments! Thanks!

    1. Yay! So glad you found it helpful! It has been a handy trick around here for sure! Thanks for your comment!