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Cut and Carry

Martha Stewart Living, March 2008

Here's a convenient way to transport flats of blooms you've purchased and recycle a shopping bag at the same time. Start with a large paper bag that has handles. Cut the bag along both long sides of a side panel. Repeat on other side. Fold cut panels in to create more support at the base of the carrier; trim excess paper. Store carrier in the trunk of your car to reuse as necessary.

Comments (7)

  • jaramillo 25 May, 2010

    Great idea ! i will use this .

  • bnichols1996 25 May, 2010

    The plastic canvas shopping bags would work for years. They are strong and water won't hurt them and you can keep them in your trunk since they fold flat. I like the idea of putting a stiff base in it like the carboard but i would use plastic board like what they use for political campaign signs. After an election that is a way of recycling those signs.

  • rock63roll64 10 Apr, 2010

    WHAT A CLEVER IDEA!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!!

  • Rainydaygirl 10 Apr, 2010

    Some of my "cloth" shopping bags were looking old, so I used a couple. It worked well.

  • lisaskil 10 Apr, 2010

    My flowers/vegs are always a little damp when I buy them... I like shelfish's idea, but will wrap the cardboard in some plastic wrap (or maybe just an old grocery bag?) to keep things from getting too soggy.

  • lisaskil 10 Apr, 2010

    My flowers/vegs are always a little damp when I buy them... I like shelfish's idea, but will wrap the cardboard in some plastic wrap (or maybe just an old grocery bag?) to keep things from getting too soggy.

  • shelfish 10 Apr, 2010

    To give stability to the 'carrier', I added a piece of box cardboard to the base, then the 'flaps', taped the flaps so the cardboard would not fall out.