Make Your Own Spout for a Plastic Bag

bottle and cap for spout recycling projectHere are instructions for making a  simple, free cover for spices and grains bought loose in the store or market.

I often buy spices, grains and legumes in plastic bags at the market. But it’s hard to keep the bags closed properly, and the contents often spill out into the drawer or freezer. This wastes precious food, and leaves a mess.

Then I saw this great idea for recycling a plastic drink bottle to make a pour spout for a plastic bag. You’ll need a a plastic bag that is thin and flexible, like a sandwich bag—this spout won’t work with a crinkly pasta bag. But you can convert a used bread bag to a container for small grains using the spout.

Here’s how to make your spout with its own hermetic cover:
1. Find a plastic bottle and matching cover. If you don’t have one, look on the street, or ask friends for some of their empties.
2. Remove the cover of the bottle.
3. Use a Japanese knife or sharp scissors to cut off 2-3 centimeters (about an inch) below the spout of the bottle. Smooth out the edges, but they don’t need to be perfectly straight.
4. Take the plastic bag containing the food or spice, and thread the mouth through the spout.
5. Fold the edges back 2 or three centimeters along the bottle opening.
6. Screw the cover back on, this time over the edges plastic bag.
7. Don’t forget the rest of the bottle into the recycling bin.
8. Repeat—you’ll want to have a few of these on hand.convert a plastic bag into a container with a spout

cut the spout below the mouth of the bottleNow you have a secure cover for your plastic bag, so you can pour out as much or as little as you need with no worries.

Source: Otiot Magazine
This post originally appeared on Green Prophet. Reprinted with permission.


  1. You’ve turned Israeli… In America, they call them utility knives or X-acto knives, not Japanese knives…

  2. I thought it was called a box cutter. Interesting idea, in any case. Thanks for sharing.

  3. that’s a really great idea but I’m thinking maybe it makes sense to use the whole bottle for some things… like beans, lentils, kasha, rolled oats and popcorn. The bottles are a lot sturdier than the bags and I usually buy these things in large amounts anyway.

  4. That’s a good idea, too, Devo.


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