3 DIY Dog Waste-bag Holders

Create a stylish waste-bag holder from crafts materials and household items.

By: Debra Steilen 

1. Cardboard and Duct Tape Holder
You’ll only need a few household staples to make this decorative waste bag dispenser.

Bath tissue roll
Colored duct tape
Key ring (or strong metal loop)


  1. Flatten the bath tissue roll
  2. Cover one of the openings of the bath tissue roll with duct tape. Leave the other end open
  3. Wrap the remaining portions of the roll with duct tape, set aside
  4. To make the loop: Cut a small section (about 2 inches) of duct tape off the roll. Cut the section in half lengthwise. Remove about 1/2 inch from each side of one of the pieces. Place the shorter piece on the longer piece so the adhesive sides of both touch, leaving 1/2 inch of adhesive exposed
  5. Attach the loop to the holder by sticking the exposed adhesive sections to either side of the inside of the tube
  6. Thread the key ring through the loop and attach it to your dog’s leash or color

Tip: To make fun designs, use a cookie cutter to trace doggie shapes onto duct tape, cut them out and stick them to the holder.

2. Oilcloth Waste-bag Holder
Make a fashion-forward waste-bag container from an easy-clean fabric that never ravels. 

2 different color 1/8-yard pieces oilcloth
Scissors or utility knife and metal ruler
Dog-related cookie cutter: bone, fire hydrant, dog, squirrel, cat (optional)
Pencil or fine-point permanent marker (optional)
Strong craft glue
Small foam brush
Large needle and heavy thread
Pinking shears
Grommet kit with 1/4-inch grommet (size 0)
Small loose-leaf ring
Snap hook


  1. Using a scissors or a utility knife and ruler, cut the background color of oilcloth into two 4-by-6-inch rectangles. Cut the accent color of oilcloth into a single 4-by-6-inch rectangle
  2. Place the third 4-by-6-inch rectangle (the accent color of oilcloth) face down and lay cookie cutter on the wrong side of the oilcloth
  3. Using a fine-point permanent marker, trace around the cookie cutter to create a silhouette. If you prefer, draw the silhouette freehand. (Keep in mind the silhouette will appear in reverse once you adhere it to the background rectangle!)
  4. Using scissors, carefully cut out the shape
  5. Using a small foam brush, spread a thin layer of craft glue on the back of the oilcloth silhouette. Glue the shape right side up to the front of one of the remaining 4-by-6-inch rectangles. Let dry
  6. Hold the two 4-by-6-inch background rectangles with wrong sides together and all edges aligned
  7. Using the pinking shears, trim the top edge of the rectangles
  8. Using a large needle and heavy thread, sew the three untrimmed sides of the rectangle together using a whipstitch or a blanket stitch leaving the pinked edges open. (If preferred, use a sewing machine instead of hand-sewing)
  9. Following the kit manufacturer’s directions, add a 1/4-inch grommet to one of the top corners. Thread a loose-leaf ring through the grommet, and attach a snap hook to the loose-leaf ring
  10. Fill the finished oilcloth bag with waster bags. Attach the oilcloth bag’s snap hook to your dog’s collar before going on a walk

3. Upcycled Waste-bag Container
Transform an old household wipes container into a fashion-forward waste-bag dispenser you can display in your kitchen or mudroom. 

Empty household-wipes container with removable lid
12-by-12-inch scrapbook paper in desired color and pattern (1 to 2 sheets)
Paper cutter or scissors
Decoupage medium
Small foam brush


  1. Wash and dry the wipes container, and remove the label

Tip: Save the label if it comes off in one piece — you may be able to use it as a pattern for cutting the scrapbook paper to cover the container

  1. Measure the height and circumference of the wipes container and use the measurements to draw cutting lines on the backside of a piece of scrapbook paper Add an extra 1/2 inch of width so you can overlap the ends of the paper sheet when attaching it to the container
  2. Using a paper cutter or scissors, cut the paper along the lines
  3. Wrap the paper around the wipe container, overlapping the edges to make sure the paper completely covers the plastic (You may need to trim and cut a second sheet of paper if your wipes container is extremely large)
  4. Remove the paper, and use the foam brush to cover the paper’s wrong side with a generous coat of decoupage medium. Leave the paper lying wrong side up on the work surface.
  5. Place the container on top the paper. Push down on the container as you roll it across the paper, making sure the scrapbook paper clings to the container. Smooth out any bubbles with your fingers as you work. Overlap the edges. Let dry
  6. Brush a thin coat of decoupage medium over the top of the paper, making sure you coat the edges to keep them from peeling back later. Let dry
  7. Add 1 or 2 additional coats of decoupage medium, letting each one dry between coats
  8. Fill with the container with waste bags that have already been turned inside out so they’re ready to use whenever you and your pup decide to take a walk

Debra is a Midwest-based expert on crafting, home design (especially kitchens, baths and storage), and holidays. She spends her free time renovating and decorating her 1909 Craftsman home — and wrangling her two golden retrievers.


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