For years, I’ve wadded mesh produce bags into a ball and used them as scouring pads. But there are so many more ways to re-purpose these grocery freebies.
1. Bird Feeder: Fill mesh bags with birdseed or suet, and hang from a tree or a large S-hook outside your kitchen window.
3. Bath Loofah: Stuff mesh bag with a large sea sponge, and use to scrub off dead skin cells.
4. Lingerie Bag: Place bras and other delicates in the bag before tossing into the washer. Close with a rubber band or twine.
5. Jewelry Holder: Stretch over a picture frame, and use to hold earrings and pins.
6. Holiday Stocking: Thread colorful ribbon through the top, and stuff with holiday treats. Hang on the fireplace.
7. Soap Bag: Fill with soap slivers that are too small to hold. The abrasive mesh will wash out stubborn dirt.
8. Flower Holder: To prevent flowers from flopping over, stretch mesh over a glass jar, and place stems in the holes.
9. Seashell Tote: Place wet and sandy shells in mesh bags as you wander the beach. By the time you leave, the shells are dry and sand free.
10. Gift wrapping: Colorful mesh makes a great bow or accent strip when you wrap gifts.
11. Bath Toy Holder: Hang on a hook over the tub, and stuff with your kids’ rubber duckies and toy boats.
12. Tot Sewing Hoop: Stretch mesh bag over an embroidery hoop to make an old fashioned sewing card. Give small hands old shoelaces, and watch them sew designs in the mesh.