How to Make a Garbage Bag Holder With PVC Pipes

The greatest challenge in house and yard cleanup is holding the trash bag open.
Garbage cans can be restricting and reduce the amount of trash that a large bag can hold. Combat this with an open-sided PVC pipe creation that holds the garbage bag open without restricting its ability to hold contents. Without much effort, an additional attachment can be installed to dispense trash bags as they are needed.

Step 1

Create a square by attaching four 1-foot segments of PVC pipe with three-way corner connectors. Place a 3-foot section of pipe in the top openings of the two rear corner connectors.

Step 2

Place a 2.5-foot section of pipe in the top openings of the front two connectors. Place a T connector on top of each of these sections, with the middle openings of the T connectors facing each other. Place a 6-inch section of pipe in the top opening of the T connector.

Step 3

Place a three-way corner connector on top of each of the pipe segments. The middle of the corner connector should face downward, and the remaining openings should mimic the square below. Attach these connectors with a 1-foot section of pipe between each.

Step 4

Tie a 1-foot string around the base of each top corner connector. Tie a snap clamp around the opposite end of the string. These clamps can be used to hold the garbage bag in place.

Step 5

Create the trash bag dispenser by cutting a long slit in the side of a 1-foot segment of pipe. Stuff a roll of trash bags in the end of the pipe segment. Pull the end of one until it protrudes slightly from the cut. Fit this segment between the T connectors above the 2.5-foot pipe section. When one garbage bag is removed, the end of the next will protrude. Remove the segment to refill the dispenser.

Things You Will Need

  • 9 1-foot long sections of PVC pipe
  • 2 3-foot long sections of PVC pipe
  • 2 2.5-foot long sections of PVC pipe
  • 2 6-inch long sections of PVC pipe
  • 4 three-way corner connectors
  • 2 T connectors
  • 4 1-foot strings
  • 4 snap clamps
  • Trash bags

About the Author

Nicole Thelin has more than a decade of professional writing experience. She has contributed to newspapers such as the "Daily Herald" of Provo, Utah, and now writes for several online publications. Thelin is pursuing a bachelor's degree in education from Western Governors University.