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14 Creative Uses for Mesh Produce Bags



We asked our Facebook fans what they would do with mesh produce bags from the grocery store once the produce is gone. These little bags, which hold clementines, apples, brussels sprouts, and more, are too cute to throw away. Here are some genius ideas our crafty fans came up with for ways to reuse mesh produce bags. We love crafts using recycled materials!

Mesh Produce Bags

  1. Wad them up in a ball, secure with an elastic, and use them as scrubbies to clean nonstick pans and other dishes.
  2. Hang the bags from a mirror and throw hair bows in them for easy access.
  3. Make potpourri sachets from them. First line each bag with colored tissue pape, fill them with a small amount of potpourri, and tie them shut with a decorative ribbon.
  4. Carry sand toys to the beach inside of them.
  5. Hold skeins of yarn inside the mesh bags, then pull from the center right through the mesh. No more tangles!
  6. Make them into bath loofahs.
  7. Sew them into the shape of a stocking, finish with binding fabric, and fill with pet treats. Mesh bags make pet stockings like they sell in stores.
  8. Run them through your embossing machine to add texture to your cards.
  9. Fold them in half, sew an X through them, and use them as dish rags.
  10. Add velcro so the bags can be opened and closed, and use them as lingerie laundry bags.
  11. You can crochet with them! Make crochet table settings and doilies from the mesh.
  12. Sew a doormat made of mesh product bags. Cut them into long strips, pin 3 or 4 together at one end and braid. Then sew the ends to another strip and continue until you have a long braid several feet long. Lay flat and and start to curl in an oblong shape. Stitch this as you go so you end up with a mat.
  13. Use them as a paint brush for splatter painting. Dip the wadded up mesh into your paint, then fling it at your canvas for a splattered look!
  14. Stretch the mesh over an old frame, staple it in place, and hang earrings from it for a stylish earring organizer.


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I cut them to size for placing over the iris & lily buds that are so appealing to the deer. I put the 'covers' on the growing stems & let them stay there until after the bud breaks & the petals begin to open. Then I cut them & bring them inside, & re-use the covers on any other budding or fully flowered plants that are around the garden. They deter rabbits & groundhogs, too.


put soap scraps in one, tie a knot and the kids at my daycare wash up in basin outside in summer.

abcauntkathy 0430126

I use them to hold scraps of yarn, then hang it out in the spring for birds to build their nests.

patcremens 3170171

i use them as a free latch-hook canvas with all my old yarn scraps. they are wonderful for mats in the doorway, bathroom, mudroom, wherever... free, fun & fashionable!

valeripaxtonsteele 6598599

A long time ago I had a large plastic mesh, about the size of chicken wire. It reminded me of a fish net, so I hung small Christmas lites on it, and little ornaments and strung it across my window. - I called it "Christmas-by-the-Sea."


If you have an antique sock knitting machine, these bags are better than yarn when it comes to the begiining waste part of the sock, and easier than using that (usaually warped) umbrella unit!


I keep my veg in them in the fridge, better than plastic bags, also put leftover mushrooms in them and hang in a warm place to dry..dried mushrooms are very useful.

ramseylel 6847481

These bags are great to put bathtub toys into to dry out after the bath is done. I have also used the bigger bags found on turkeys.

sallieschmitt25 0174763

I like using them as backgrounds in my scrapbooking.

jimnreenie 0881518

I live in the woods. Deer LOVE Oriental lilies. When my bulbs are growing, I protect the tops (where the lilies will be coming out) with upsidedown produce bags. The deer can't eat them. Now the deer will eat the leaves, so I try to use as long a bag as I can, but sometimes some leaves have to be sacrificed. But no matter because your bulbs are blooming from storing last year's sun energy, so you'll at least get to see the blooms. Take off the bags when the lilies are about to open up. You'll at least get to see a day or two of your flowers (or more) before the deer discover them. That's a toss-up. Some of my lilies the deer either ignore or didn't see, as they are browsers (a few bites here, a few bites there of foliage as they forage).


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