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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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Her’s a video I made that shows you how to make some pretty nice beads from a couple of shards of blue glass.

If you want to learn more about this kind of art, it’s called “lampworking”. There are scores more tutorials out there!

VERY IMPORTANT!
In order to clear up the whole eye protection confusion:
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT DOING THIS WITHOUT SAFETY GLASSES! Chips of glass can actually shoot out when you heat glass!
Whether or not you want to wear didium lenses is up to you! Personally, I do not wear them!

The torch I used is a Propane fueled Plumber’s torch from Ace Hardware. nothing special!

Safety tips:
-Heat glass slowly, or it may fracture.
-Make sure your torch is not near anything flammable.
-WEAR SAFETY GLASS
-I have a fire extinguisher within arms reach, I recommend the same for you.
-Don’t make large beads. They might break while they cool, or worse, while you wear them!
-Do some research! 😀

Step 1: Part 1

I had to break up the video into 3 segments because YouTube doesn’t like to upload things longer than 4 minutes.

When you make beads for the first time, they should be pretty small. When glass cools in the air, it builds up stress and may break (if the bead is too big)! Professional bead makers immediately put there hot beads into kilns where they are slowly cooled over several hours. You probably will not have access to such a kiln, so your first beads will have to cool in air. If you really like making beads and you want to make larger ones, get some vermiculate from any gardening store. The vermiculite is in a fine pellet form, so put your still hot beads in a dish of it such that it cools slower (the vermiculate insulates the beads, so it cool slower and introduces less stress into the bead)

Ok, the basic steps are:
-Take 2 shards of glass, and melt them together at the tips.
-Stretch out the melted part into a thin rod of glass.
-Get a bicycle spoke, cover one end of it with bead release/plaster.
-Heat the spoke until it glows red hot
-Wrap the spoke with the thin glass rod you just made.
-Heat the new bead such that it gets smooth and rounded.
-Let it cool
-Pull it off the spoke and wash the clay off of it.

The torch in this video is just a plain old propane plumbers torch.
The glass is from a busted vodka bottle.
The clay is from a specialty store, but you can use plaster of paris instead.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

My family is on a great big road trip this month, and yes, we are eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, granola bars, cups of yogurt, and bananas.

And yes, we are also eating the occasional burger and fries, the occasional fast-food burrito, the occasional bag of Skittles, and the occasional bag of chips.

I know, every time I bribe my girls into the next leg of our 16-hour drive with another bag of Goldfish crackers, that the biggest part of what I paid for, and the biggest waste, went into that packaging that we’ll just throw away at the next rest stop.

The good news is that all that shiny, crinkly, chip wrapper goodness is actually a quite viable craft material, and upcycling chip bags in craft projects is a great way to keep a little more trash out of the waste stream. Here are five projects to get you started:

If you have a favorite brand of chips, well, I’m not going to be the one to discourage you from getting your fangeek on. In fact, I’m going to encourage you by telling you to head on over to this chip bag bracelet tutorial, courtesy of Craftster member exousia.

The best part of this tutorial is the information on safely baking a full-size chip bag down to the dimensions that you see in this photo, so even if you’re not into jewelry, I’m betting that you can think of something awesome to do with a shrunken chip bag, can’t you?

[The image on this page is the property of Craftster member exousia.]

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

My family is on a great big road trip this month, and yes, we are eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, granola bars, cups of yogurt, and bananas.

And yes, we are also eating the occasional burger and fries, the occasional fast-food burrito, the occasional bag of Skittles, and the occasional bag of chips.

I know, every time I bribe my girls into the next leg of our 16-hour drive with another bag of Goldfish crackers, that the biggest part of what I paid for, and the biggest waste, went into that packaging that we’ll just throw away at the next rest stop.

The good news is that all that shiny, crinkly, chip wrapper goodness is actually a quite viable craft material, and upcycling chip bags in craft projects is a great way to keep a little more trash out of the waste stream. Here are five projects to get you started:

If you have a favorite brand of chips, well, I’m not going to be the one to discourage you from getting your fangeek on. In fact, I’m going to encourage you by telling you to head on over to this chip bag bracelet tutorial, courtesy of Craftster member exousia.

The best part of this tutorial is the information on safely baking a full-size chip bag down to the dimensions that you see in this photo, so even if you’re not into jewelry, I’m betting that you can think of something awesome to do with a shrunken chip bag, can’t you?

[The image on this page is the property of Craftster member exousia.]

Put old magazines, newspaper and commercial flyers into good use – learn how to make paper beads and make cool recycled jewellery.

This project is great for all ages, you can make big beads with younger kids and smaller one that look just like glass beads with older kids (or yourself).

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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We’ll show you how to make paper beads and how to make a simple paper bead bracelet.

Sounds interesting, huh? It is super easy to turn paper into beads.

For those of you who already have the magic wand it would be an easy-peasy job, right? And for the rest of you who don’t have a magic wand, you will have to hand roll the paper strips on a toothpick to make the beads or you can quick-jump to see the magic wand project we showed you a little while ago.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

These can look so cool that none of your friends will notice that the bracelet you are wearing is made out of paper!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

And how cool is that?

How to Make Paper Beads Bracelet

  • newspaper, book pages, paper painted with watercolors or color paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • glue
  • stretch yarn
  • toothpick

Optional: gloss varnish, paints

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Step by Step Instructions

On the chosen paper, draw and cut out an isosceles triangle shape, right triangle shape, and a rectangle shape as shown on the picture.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags
Be sure that the paper strips are proper length, 8 inch / 20 cm at least.

If you want to make larger beads just use longer strips of paper.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Put some glue down one side of the paper strip and start rolling it around the toothpick.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags
When the strip completely glues on itself, take it out of the toothpick and place it aside to dry.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Repeat this step with each of the paper strips, until you have enough beads to thread on the yarn.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Apply some glue over the beads and let them dry.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

You will need to measure around your wrist to make the bracelet a proper size.

Start threading the beads on the stretch yarn and after you finish, make a firm knot.
How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Now put your bracelet on and show it to everyone!

You can make as many as you like.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Make them as colorful as you can.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make the Paper Beads Look Like Glass Beads

If you are looking for the glass look, make the beads from isosceles triangle shape – and make it as long as possible. Once you roll the bead, paint it with paint and cover with glossy varnish.

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Introduction: Make a RECYCLED PAPER BEAD Bracelet!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Looking for a fast, inexpensive recycled project that you will love wearing or giving as a gift?
TRY MAKING PAPER RECYCLED BEADS!

Turn junk mail,magazines, brochures, last year’s calendars, and gift wrapping paper into cool beads that may be used for bracelets or necklaces.

Before taking that stack of old magazines to the recycle bin, tear out a few pages with your favorite colors. with a few quick cuts, one magazine page yields enough beads for 3 bracelets! You can wear your finished product in about 1 hour!

Everyone asks me about the cool painted, wooden beads in my bracelets. yes, those are the PAPER BEADS made from RECYCLED Pages from MAGAZINES AND BROCHURES!

Try making some recycled paper beads today. I think you will be amazed!

Step 1: SUPPLY LIST

For one recycled paper, glass and silver bead bracelet (similar to the two pictured below), you will need:

-1 page from an old magazine, junk mail, calendar, brochure or a piece of gift wrapping paper- suggest choosing a colors you enjoy and one with a glossy finish. Don’t worry about words on the page!

-A paper cutter with marked measurements or an utility/ exacto knife and ruler

-Clear nail polish and a small piece of styrofoam (optional, see Step 4)

-Elastic beading cord (about 9-10″)

-Leftover silver and glass beads

Step 2: CUT THE MAGAZINE PAGE INTO STRIPS

-Tear or cut the page from the magazine (calendar, brochure, wrapping paper, etc.) that you have selected.

-Using a paper cutter (pictured) or an utility knife, begin cutting the page into strips. Starting at either the bottom or the top of the page, cut the page into 1/2″ strips. (The strips I typically use are approx. 1/2″ by

7-8″ long.) You may cut the entire page into strips or cut at least four for the bracelet.

-Next, cut each strip in half on the diagonal. To make one mixed bead bracelet, I typically use 8 diagnonally cut “triangle” shaped pieces of paper.

(Pictured is a page from a resort marketing brochure- there is one 1/2″ cut strip and one strip that has been cut in half diagonally.)

Step 3: ROLL AND GLUE

-Organize a work space with the 8 diagonal paper strips, several toothpicks, a glue stick and some clear nail polish.

-Take a toothpick and one paper strip. Roll the WIDE end of the paper strip completely around the toothpick ONE rotation. Next, take the glue stick and quickly cover the remaining paper surface with glue. I usually quickly run the glue stick over the paper twice. You may need to wipe any excess glue from your hands if they get too sticky!

-Now it is time to completely and TIGHTLY roll the paper stip around the toothpick. Smooth the tip/end of the paper strip in place. Next, slip the paper “BEAD” off the toothpick. It should slide off easily since ‘the glue was not applied to the section of the paper that directly touches the toothpick.

Note: This opening made by the toothpick will provide the space to string your beads onto the bracelet cord.

Just make a little stack of completed beads. the glue will set up while you coil the remaining paper beads.

See the two additional photos below.

Step 4: SEAL THE PAPER BEADS

This step is optional.

I prefer to add a gloss coating to the beads. It seems to harden/ cure the paper and helps the bead to be more water-resistant (ex. if water splashes onto the bracelet when washing your hands—would not recommend wearing the bracelet while bathing—even if you do seal with the nail polish!) You decide if you want to include this step.

-Select a finished/glued bead. Place upon a toothpick and “polish” with the clear nail polish. The polish I use dries in less than 5 minutes. I stick a row of the toothpicks containing the polished beads in a piece of styrofoam so they may dry without touching the table top or each other.

-After the beads are dry, inspect each one and use the cuticle scissors to trim away any tiny paper tags that are not completely glued/ sealed in place.

Step 5: STRING THE BEADS

-Organize your beads into a “stringing” order. I usally use 8 recycled paper beads mix in a few leftover silver and glass beads for color and variety.

-Cut the beading cord in a 9-10″ piece. I like to triple knot the cord- so I add in a little extra cord to make sure there is enough to tie and then trim the excess. If you are making a bracelet for a child or smaller wrist, adjust the size accordingly.

-String the beads, knot and trim the excess cord.

Step 6: ENJOY YOUR RECYCLED PAPER BEAD BRACELET!

You did it! Enjoy wearing your bracelet.

The two bracelets below were made using paper from this calcium brochure!

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Along with school shopping and choosing a new lunch box, one back-to-school tradition is covering your school books. Some schools require it, some don’t, but your kids are sure to get a kick out of customizing their books with covers made from recycled materials.

You can use a variety of destined-for-the-dumpster materials to make unique book covers that, along with duct tape, will be sturdy and protect textbooks when they get shoved into a locker or a brimming backpack. I used two potato chip bags, but you can also use cereal bags, paper sacks (an old standby), or a variety of other product packaging. With the addition of colorful duct tape, book covers become almost indestructible! Using recycled packaging also teaches kids about recycling, and demonstrates that it’s a good idea to reuse things whenever possible.

Bonus: you can find patterned duct tape (like the plaid in the photo above) at big box stores right now. I found the plaid at Target, and some tie-dye printed tape at Wal-mart. Clear packing tape is also a great choice because it will allow the artwork on the recycled packaging to show through.

Time Needed for Project: About 15 minutes per book.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Materials:

  • Recycled packaging, such as a potato chip bag (I needed two to cover my medium-sized book.
  • Duct tape in one or more fun colors (or packing tape)
  • Book to cover
  • Scissors
  • Dish soap, water, and sponge or washcloth
  • Optional: Stickers

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Preparing the Packaging:

  1. Cut off the bottom of the bag above the sealed seam.
  2. Cut off the back seam.
  3. Wash bag thoroughly with dish soap and a sponge or washcloth to remove all residual oil and crumbs. You can do this in your dishwater if you wash dishes by hand!
  4. Wipe both sides of bag dry. Make sure bag is completely clean and dry before you begin covering your book.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Here are my two chip bags, all clean and dry.

Note: if your kid isn’t jazzed about the idea of using an old chip bag for a book cover (disclaimer: my kids are 3 and under, so they think everything is cool! I don’t know if recycled chip bags will fly with your middle schooler!), let the inside of the bag face outward, and they can decorate it with stickers or duct tape as they prefer.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Assembling the Book Cover:

Tape your two packages together using a piece of duct tape. Allow the tape to extend over the edge of the package.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Turn bags over and wrap tape over the edge. See how the two bags don’t perfectly line up? Don’t worry about that because you will be folding this part again anyway, and it won’t be seen. You can also tape the inside of the bags where they overlap, if you want.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Lay your book on your prepared chip bags. Make a crease in the bag along the top of the book, as a guide. Remove book and fold chip bags at the crease, keeping fold as straight and even as possible.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsLay book on top of folded edge (leave a tiny bit of room at the top of the chip bag to make it easier for the book to slide into the book cover once it’s assembled). Crease chip bag at bottom of book to make a guideline. Remove book and fold bottom at crease, keeping fold as straight and even as possible.

I taped each folded section in the middle, but not at the ends (you want to leave the ends open so the book covers can slide into them). Chip bags don’t maintain the folds as well as paper does, so the tape helped keep everything in place.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsClose book cover over book, and check the placement of any artwork you want to show on the front of the book. Fold end over the edge of the slightly opened book cover to make a crease.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsInsert one side of book into the folded end of the book cover.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Tape to secure (make sure you aren’t taping any area where the book is, and that the book cover is able to slide when opened and closed.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Repeat process for other side of book (trim book cover if necessary, before you put it onto the book). I found that it was slightly more tricky to coax the book into this side.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

You can stop here if you want, or add additional decorations like stickers or cut-out pictures covered in clear tape, or a nametag or book label.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsI added a couple extra pieces of duct tape just for fun.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

I really wanted to try my new plaid duct tape out!

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Heather Mann, a mother of three boys, is a kids crafts contributor at Make and Takes. She publishes Dollar Store Crafts, a daily blog devoted to hip crafting at dollar store prices, CROQ Zine, a print magazine devoted to hip crafting, and also CraftFail, a community blog that encourages crafters to share their not-so-successful craft attempts.

The folks in my house love cereal. It is a favorite for morning, noon and even a Good night snack. With that said, I often have a large amount of cereal boxes in my recycle bin to choose from when it comes to crafting. And why let something cool and colorful go to waste? So I made paper beads from cereal boxes!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

I just love the colors on these beads. And they were simple enough to make too!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Both the hubby and his dad enjoy a late night snack in front of the TV every evening. Ralph has a thing for cereal too, apparently.

I tell you, the cereal boxes are piling up!

During my last trip to Walmart, as I put the week’s cereal selection in the cart, I took note of how colorful those pretty boxes were.

Next thing you know, the guys were eating out of the bags! Ha! I don’t even think they noticed…

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Because those pretty boxes were confiscated and getting prepared for my next project!

For this project I used:

Cereal Boxes
Tacky Glue
14 gauge wire
Clear glossy Mod Podge
Elastic string

Begin by opening up the box along all the seams so it lays flat. Then cut off the top and bottom tabs so that you have a rectangular piece of cardboard.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

On the back side, use a ruler to draw a pencil line lengthwise along the box, starting at 3/4″ wide on one end and ending with 1/8″ wide on the other. Cut along the line.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Cut out as many cardboard strips as you like.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

I used a piece of 14 gauge wire to start the bead out. Begin by wrapping the wide end of your strip around the wire, and then begin to coil up the cardboard around it.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

About halfway through, you can remove the wire and keep on wrapping. Once you reach the end of the narrow part of the strip, add several dots of tacky glue or white glue. Hold tight for a few moments until it adheres.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Each bead looks different from the last. I had a lot of fun with the colors on these boxes!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

For the final touch, after the beads had dried, I lined them up on the piece of wire that I had used earlier which was stuck into a piece of styrofoam. This makes it easy to add a coating or two of clear glossy sealant on all sides of my beads. Once they are dry, simply separate them.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Oooh the possibilities! Key chains, bracelets, necklaces….

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

I went with a pretty bracelet. Simply stringing them onto some elastic string that I found in the jewelry section of the craft store. Pretty. Would you ever guess it started out with a cereal box?

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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsThe big game is right around the corner – The PUPPY BOWL! (Speaking of which, fun fact! Last year, 9 of the pups came straight from Pennsylvania SPCA shelters!) (Oh, and that other game for those football fans.) With Puppybowl and Superbowl translates into dips, appetizers and parties! And with all those dips come chips! Herr’s, Lays, Sun, Tortilla, and many other chips! Oh, chip heaven is on the way for me!

But now the green question… Can you recycle those chip bags?

The bad news is that chip bags cannot go into your single stream recycle bin, since most chip bags are made from aluminum laminated with polypropylene, also known as metalized polypropylene, or low-density polyethylene film. This basically means it’s a hot plastic and aluminum hybrid mess.

The good news is that companies are taking notice and incorporating eco-friendly tactics at the end of their product’s lives. Frito-Lay paired up with Terracycle to upcycle used chip bags to avoid a destination of the landfill. Instead, chip bags are remade into products like clipboards, tote bag or trash cans. Just collect the Frito-Lay bags and send them to Terracycle – details fully here! Plus, Frito-Lay will donate $.01 cents per bag collected to a school or nonprofit chosen by each Chip Bag Brigade!

As of 2010, Frito Lay already diverted 2 million bags form landfills. (Their products include Lay’s, Doritos, Cheetos and Fritos – obviously the 4 essential food groups!)

Participating in the TerraCycle Chip Bag Bridgade is totally free. You just have to collect bags, download a pre-paid shipping label and ship the box to TerraCycle. You can also participate in the reuse of the bag’s second lives and purchase the products. Who wouldn’t want this sexy Lay’s Messenger bag?

Otherwise, you can try to store other dry foods in the chip bags or wrap foods in the bags.

Readers, do you have any ideas to reuse or recycle used chip bags?

This blog page contains the instructions for you to make a wrapper purse using recycled materials such as candy wrappers, chip bags and even paper.

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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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chip wrapper purse instructions

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Folding instructions for each piece can be found at www.gumwrapper.com/build.htm …….. start with #3 on the instruction sheet because your pieces are already cut to size.

Once you have 60 wrapper pieces together you need to join them into a circle.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsTake the first wrapper piece off and put into the other side by unfolding and putting the raw edges into the last chain (green piece in photo)

Follow the pictures. it’s like your making the chain backwards.

SEWING ROWS TOGETHER

Put two chains together as I described with the positive and negative. You will be sewing down thru a chain, over slightly to the right and down thru the next chain, up thru the next chain and down thru the next one. Follow the pictures………You will continue to do this until you get all the way around to where you began sewing.

Continue sewing in an up and down motion until you go all the way around. Make sure you pull the thread tight so you do not have any gaps or see the thread.

add the next row. remember to position positive to negative

SEWING THE BOTTOM

Squeeze the bottom together and start sewing. You will only be able to sew the outside of this row. There is not enough room on the inside of the purse to sew like you did on the other rows.

I can’t really explain how to sew the bottom, but once you squeeze it together just start running your needle thru the rows to hold them together. It doesn’t matter how many times you go around a square because you will never see the thread. The only place that you can see my thread is in the very corners. You will have to sew around the corners a couple of times to pull them tight. The bottom is harder to have a consistant sewing pattern because your sewing the positive to positive. You’ll totally understand what I’m talking about once you begin sewing. 🙂

Continue sewing along the bottom. You will be tucking in one wrapper square at each corner. Once you get it tucked in, it’s not going anywhere because it’s so tightly wedged in to the corner.

Doesn’t matter what type of zipper you buy. just so it is long enough to go across the purse. You will cut the excess off when you are finished sewing onto the purse if it is to long.

Catch the very edge of the zipper and then run your needle down thru a chain and up the next one.

If you look really close at this picture, the needle is running down thru the chain of red wrapper with the yellow strip through it. The needle will come back up through the white chain.

This picture is a little blurry but what I’m trying to show is the needle coming back up the white chain. You will catch the edge of the zipper at every “v” around the chain.

Do both ends of the zipper like the picture. It doesn’t really matter how long the zipper is because once you tuck the ends inside the purse you can cut the zipper off.

First of all, wearing jewellery is fun, but what is even more fun is making your own cheap name necklace. A name necklace is very popular these days because of the personalized touch of having your very own name onto something that you wear around your neck. In this type of necklace, you just need string, glue, some charms and a lot of recycled paper.

Wearing jewellery is fun, but what is even more fun is making your own cheap name necklace. A name necklace is very popular these days because of the personalized touch of having your very own name onto something that you wear around your neck. In this type of necklace, you just need string, glue, some charms and a lot of recycled paper. These are all the materials you need in order to make a necklace that not only spells your name but also F-U-N!

When you are going to make a cheap name necklace out of recycled paper, your first step is to cut up strips of paper in colors that you like. You can use old magazines, newspapers or scratch papers. Try to choose the most colourful parts of the pages to make your name necklace nice and bright. Cut them into skinny triangles with the widest width at just about two centineters long. You will need as many strips as the length you desire for your necklace, so keep cutting and keep storing those strips of paper. Once you have finished that, set it aside for a bit till you need it.

The next thing to do to make your cheap name necklace is to take an old paintbrush, a small pot of glue and a barbecue stick. Take the old paintbrush, dip it in glue then spread it across one side of a magazine cut-out strip. Once that side is nice and damp with glue, take the barbecue stick and put it on the widest width of the newspaper strip. To make the beads for your name necklace, gently roll the barbecue strip carefully so the strip will wrap itself around it. Once you get to the edge, seal it with your fingers then slide out the barbecue strip. Voila! You have your first bead.

Keep doing this to all the strips of paper for your cheap name necklace. For the actual name itself to be on a name necklace, take as many pieces of beads as there are letters in your name then with a fancy marker write out each letter. These are your main name beads. Let the beads dry for a bit, then if you have time you can glaze it with a protective covering using clear nail polish. Again, let it dry. After some time you can begin stringing your cheap name necklace. Take a bit of fishing spool or a nice sturdy piece of string and a necklace lock. Tie one end of the lock on it.

Take all your strung-up paper beads then push it through the string, carefully taking the letters of your name and making sure they land in the exact center part of the necklace. Then, tie the other end of the lock on the very end. Cut out the excess string and try it on. You now have a beautiful, handmade cheap name necklace made out of recycled paper. If you have time, why not go for the whole shebang and make an entire jewellery set out of it?

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Making your own cheap name necklace is easy. With a few materials around your house, you can make your own recycled name necklace that is stunningly beautiful.

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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beautiful Paper Beads

Jewelry made from paper beads is a paper craft that is quite popular today. The art of paper bead crafting, however, has been practiced since the Victorian age. Women would gather together and make paper beads from leftover wallpaper. Their craft techniques were quite simple. After they rolled and glued the paper beads, the beads were then coated with beeswax and strung together to make beaded curtains and room dividers. Today people craft paper beads primarily to make jewelry, which can be surprisingly elegant and beautiful.

How to Make a Round Paper Bead

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper: leftover magazines, scrapbook paper, junk mail, wallpaper, washi paper, copy paper, hand colored paper, etc.
  • Scissors, rotary cutter, paper cutter or craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen and pencil
  • Toothpicks or bamboo skewers
  • Glue stick or tacky glue
  • Craft paint or waterproof markers
  • Mod Podge, marine varnish or my favorite PC-Petrifier Water-Based Wood Hardener
  • Thin wire
  • Plastic sheeting or large plastic garbage bag
  • A floral foam block or sturdy piece of styrofoam
  1. Place your paper face down.
  2. Using a ruler and pen or pencil draw your bead paper template shapes onto the back of the sheet of paper.
  3. Cut the paper bead template with a craft knife, ruler or scissors.
  4. Use the drawing above as a reference for making, cutting and rolling round paper beads.
  5. Place a toothpick or bamboo skewer on the long edge of the paper triangle.
  6. Use tacky glue to attach the toothpick to the end of the paper bead triangle.
  7. Roll the end of the triangle towards the pointy edge and secure the end with tacky glue or a glue stick.
  8. Place the toothpick into a piece of floral foam or styrofoam and allow the glue to dry.
  9. If you like, you can use a marker or craft paint to color the ends of the beads.
  10. Gently remove the toothpick.
  11. Continue rolling beads until you have the desired amount of paper beads
  12. Place aside until you are ready to seal and coat the beads.

How to Make A Tubular Paper Bead

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

The shape of the paper bead depends on upon the form of the paper bead template. Make tubular shaped paper beads from rectangular pieces of paper. Use the above photo as a guide when crafting long cylindrical paper beads.

How to Make a Teardrop Shaped Bead

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Construct teardrop beads from right triangle shapes of paper.

Coating and Sealing the Paper Bead

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

The next step after the tacky glue has dried, and the edges of the beads are colored, is sealing and coating the paper beads. There are many types of products out there that people use, such as mod podge, marine varnish, and clear nail polish. My personal favorite is a fantastic product called PC-Petrifier Wood Hardener. Pc-Petrifier is used to harden rotted wood on decks and outdoor furniture. Paper beads become rock solid when dipped in this product. Always use caution to cover your hands with latex or rubber gloves and avoid getting the product close to your mouth.

How to Seal Paper Beads

  1. The first step is to remove the toothpick or bamboo skewer.
  2. Place a piece of plastic sheeting onto your table to protect it.
  3. String your paper beads onto a piece of thin wire and then dip them into the PC-Petrifier solution.
  4. Let them soak for a little while and then hang to dry.
  5. After about an hour dip them into the solution again and once again hang them to dry. The beads will not stick to the wire or each other with the PC_Petrifier solution.

The beads will now be rock solid and shiny! PC-Petrifier Wood Hardener is undoubtedly the best product I have found for bead making, but some people prefer using the other products mentioned above. The choice is yours based on your preferences.

The Finished Paper Bead

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Use paper beads to make bracelets, earrings, necklaces and other various projects. I have even seen purses made with paper beads! Who would have believed that? If you don’t know what to make with your paper beads, or how to proceed, to take a look at the following links for some paper bead crafting inspiration.

How to Make a Stunning Paper Bead Necklace The necklace is constructed from beautiful black paper beads, silver jewelry balls, and silver tubing elements.

A Paper Bead Craft Project Roundup 17 paper bead craft projects are featured for your crafting inspiration.
If you need even more inspiration, you will find thousands of beautiful paper beads on Pinterest and Instagram.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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Make your own paper mache beads
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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Take a few sheets of A4 paper and cut it in to strips length ways.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Make a glue like paste out of 1 parts water to 1 part flour. Mix together well.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Take a stick, I used a cocktail skewer, and wrap a piece of paper up around it.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Cover the paper in paste.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Push the bead down the stick and then repeat until the stick is full.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Let the beads dry and then remove them from the stick.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Paint and decorate the beads.

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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

See what I have made over the past few days…. a tote bag using all recycled material. This is what I called it TRULY Recycle bag.

Basically this tote is made from:

1. Fused Grocery Platic Bag which I have shown you on my previous few posts. See the red patch with “Esprit” on it, I like this the most :))

2. My old soft jeans

3. My old but seldom used curtain, blue fabric with diamond-shaped print on it

4. Rice sack, the brown color fabric. You can use potato sack or peanut sack to replace it.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Three designs in one bag. You have the choice to choose which design to go with, be it a “branded bag” with “Esprit” (one of my favorite fashion boutiques), or as a baby bag with a baby drawing on a pocket, or just a plain blue diamond printing bag… it is your preference for the day :))

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Look at the stripes above, they are the bottom hem of my jeans, simply cut it out and sew it on the bag

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

And, this little rolling reel is made from the side seams of my jeans. Just roll it up and bond it with fabric glue, sew it on the bag by making a few decorative stitches at the center of this seam reel. I was inspired by Polka Dot Pineapple when Lettie shown us how to make a coaster out of the seams of the jeans.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

The amazing Fused Grocery Plastic Sheet that I have made has turned into something stylish. I have changed it’s life from being just a “grocery plastic bag” :p

Guess where did I get this baby picture from? And the alphabet on top of it “KEA”?

Mothercare and Ikea, got them right?

“This Tote Bag is specially dedicated to EARTH DAY, April 22….

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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Make Your Own Funky CD Jewelry
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Wondering what to do with all those lousy CDs that even the used music store won’t take? Make it into funky jewelery! All you need are some CDs you’ll never listen to again (or free Internet CDs that you get in the mail) and jewelery findings. Here’s how to make yourself some really great, unique pieces.

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Take the CD and put it in the microwave for 5 seconds. It will begin to spark. Don’t be alarmed. Try it a few more times in 5 second increments. The sparking is what gives the CD the cool cracked look and darkens the color.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

The CD I used had a pale greenish iridescent color with a white back. Next, you can either put the CD into boiling water for a few minutes or bake it in the oven at 400, just until it begins to soften enough for you to cut it. A pair of heavy duty kitchen shears or garden shears works best for this step.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

After your CD is cut into the shapes you want, you can use a Dremel to drill some holes into the pieces for your jumprings or other findings. Where you go next is entirely up to you, designwise. Lay out your pieces and plan how you want to put your project together. Do you have any cool beads you want to incorporate into the design? I had these pretty aurora borealis E beads and flat beads that I strung onto eyepins, and put them in between the CD pieces.

This really is a great example of upcycling, and so eco-chic!

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Many consumers reduce their household waste by recycling; some items, such as ceramics and scratched DVDs, are not recyclable into new material. Instead of throwing out your non-recyclable items, turn them into creative handmade pieces of jewelry. Whether you are looking to add to your stash of accessories or start a green business, recycled jewelry can help reduce your impact on the environment.

Ceramics

Ceramics cannot be recycled (see References 1). When you break a ceramic dish, use the shards to create jewelry. Choose pieces that have a piece of the original print and use a file to smooth the edges. Glue on a metal loop to the back and turn each piece into a necklace or a pair of earrings; you can also string small pieces together to make bracelets or glue them onto plain hair clips. For plain pieces of ceramic, use craft paint to add handmade details to turn a simple shape into a delicate work of art.

Books

Books bound with glue cannot be recycled like other paper products (see References 3). If you have books that have been torn or ruined, use them to make paper beads. Cut strips of paper, coat them with glue and wrap them around a coffee straw. When they are dry, paint the beads and use them to make custom jewelry projects.

CDs and DVDs

It can be difficult to recycle old compact discs and DVDs. Although you can donate some to charity, there are few uses for burned or scratched discs. Make use of the shiny surfaces of DVDs and CDs for jewelry. Depending on your aesthetic, you can cut out shapes and drill holes for dangling pendants. When using CD pieces, make sure to file them down first, because they are prone to rough edges.

Potato Chip Bags

Many recycling programs will not take food bags made from coated plastic or foil, such as potato chip bags. Instead of throwing them out, turn packages into flat pieces for jewelry. Cut thin strips and weave them into necklace pendants, or cut out similar shapes and glue them together to form thick pieces. When using food packaging, make sure the bold, colored patterns face out and use different pieces together for contrast.

How to Make a Paper Bag Backpack

Things You’ll Need

  • 2 sheets of 17 by 11-inch paper
  • Glue
  • 2 strips of 7 ½ by ½-inch cardstock
  • Ruler

Making handmade paper bags is a good way to recycle old newspapers and wrapping paper. Showing children how to make their own paper bags is also a good way to teach them green habits. Carry groceries home from the supermarket in your homemade paper bags, use them as gift bags, or make paper puppets out of them. You can customize the bags however you want just by using different sizes and patterns of paper.

Squeeze a line of glue on one long edge of a sheet of paper that measures 17 by 11 inches. Smear it in an even coat 1 1/2 inches inward from the edge.

Place another sheet of paper the same size on top of the first one and press the glued edge firmly so that they become attached.

Position the paper horizontally so that the glued edge is at the top. Fold down 1 1/2 inches to make a flap along the top. Crease and unfold.

Coat one side of each of two pieces of cardstock that measure 7 1/2 inches by 1/2 inch with glue. Place the cardstock glued-sides-down on the newspaper so that they are end to end and their bottom edges line up with the crease you made in the previous step. There should be 1 inch of paper on each end that is not covered by the cardstock.

Coat the top sides of the cardstock pieces with glue. Fold the paper sticking out above the strips down to cover the cardstock. Press firmly. This is the top edge of the bag.

Fold the left edge of the paper over 1 inch. It will cover the end of the cardstock. Repeat for the right side. Crease and unfold.

Make a 5 1/2-inch flap on the left side of the paper. Make a 3-inch flap on the right. Crease these flaps. They will overlap 1 inch at the creases you made in Step 6.

Put glue on the front and back of the left flap. Insert it between the layers of the right flap and press firmly.

Put your arm through the bag that now has both ends open. Roll to one side and make a crease 3 1/2 inches from, and parallel to, one of the creases you already made. Press the whole bag flat to make another crease. The four creases you have now are the four corners of the bag.

Pick up two corners that are 3 1/2 inches apart. Line them up and press them together as you push the paper between them inside and flatten. Repeat for the other two corners so the bag lays flat with two small sides tucked inside.

Fold up a 2 1/2-inch flap at the bottom of the bag with all the layers. Now fold it in the opposite direction. Open the bag and stand it on a short side with the open bottom toward you.

Fold the flaps on the long sides so they overlap in the middle. Tuck the flaps on the short sides inside so they create triangles near each corner. The bottom should now be flat. Glue all these flaps in place. The bag is finished.

You can use any kind of paper for this bag, even newspaper. Craft or butcher paper makes a very sturdy bag.

Punch two holes in the card stock at the top on each long side and tie yarn or string through the holes to make a handle.

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How to Make Gum Wrapper Purses

Things You’ll Need

  • ALOT of Gum, candy wrappers( Stick gum, starburst etc)
  • Scissors
  • monofilament fishing line, or clear thread
  • hand sewing needle
  • material or cord for strap

Ever wondered how to make those cool purses out of candy and gum wrappers? Here is how I did it!

Open candy wrappers so that they lay flat. Cut them in half Lengthwise .FOLD them in half along Length.

Open and fold Lower half of wrapper into middle. FOLD upper half towards middle. Fold wrapper in half along length again. Wrapper should be several layers at this point. Fold in half . Fold in half towards middle. When you have 2 wrappers folded in this fashion you can join them.

Join wrappers by fitting the ends into the slots of the other wrapper. Repeat this many times until you have a long Gum Wrapper chain.

Once you have a long Gum Wrapper chain, or several small ones you will be ready to join them together to form a purse or handbag. Cut into the desired size, and begin by sewing them together with the Clear fishing line or thread, pull them tightly together. OR with one long string of Gum Wrappers just sew together to form a round bag. Join the bottom and add a strap!

Continue to add to the strings of wrappers until you have the desired size. Join the bottom and sides, Add a strap and off you go!

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Desktop 3D printing is still in its infancy, meaning that this young industry has a chance to start things right. Learning from the negative effects of our manufacturing forefathers, we can get 3D printing off the ground with sustainable materials that neither deplete our limited natural resources nor pollute our surrounding ecosystem, crucial to our survival. With that in mind, numerous organizations, Makers, and startups are finding ways to combine recycling with desktop fabrication so that we can simultaneously reduce pollution and dependency on unsustainable materials. The latest to come out of the concrete jungle are TerraCycle and 3DBrooklyn who have announced the development of 3D printing filament made from recycled chip and snack bags.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

TerryCycle was founded in 2001 to become an international company devoted to recycling typically non-recyclable materials through their free national programs. In turn, the firm is able to convert waste into plastic pellets with which to create plastic products. You can see where this is going! What better use for plastic pellets than to create 3D printing filament? Hence, TerraCycle partnered with 3D Brooklyn to bring their recycling solutions to the world of desktop fabrication.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

3DBrooklyn CEO, Nate Kolbeck, says of their partnership, “Using recycled materials to manufacture new products turns a big problem like trash into a solution. With the popularization of desktop manufacturing technologies like 3D printers, more and more people have access to tools that used to be locked behind factory doors. With access comes choice, so more and more people are choosing affordable machines like 3D printers and combining them with sustainable materials like recycled waste and bioplastics. It’s a natural evolution, in a sense, that is turning waste into a resource.”

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

To give Makers an alternative to the popular petroleum-based plastic ABS, the two firms have produced plastic filaments from post-consumer waste. The first product of their partnership is a recycled plastic filament made from chip and snack bags. Currently sold out on the 3D Brooklyn website, the Recycled Potato Chip Bag Filament represents the beta launch of the product. A polypropylene and polyethylene blend the material has the feel of durable wicker furniture.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip BagsProducts 3D printed from the recycled filament: a coaster, comb, and elastic carabiner.

TerraCycle CEO, Tom Szaky, adds, “3D printing is the future, and not just for big manufacturing companies, but the technology has already been adopted by schools and individuals. With the industry growing so rapidly, it’s important we provide a recycled alternative to virgin plastic filaments. TerraCycle’s ability to create a recycled plastic filament from post-consumer waste is not only exciting, it’s essential to maintaining a sustainable industry.”

I spoke with TerraCycle publicist Colleen Duncan to learn a little more about the product. Because TerraCycle has experience recycling what is considered typically non-recyclable waste, like chip bags, through national recycling programs they had no problem working with 3D Brooklyn to produce the material. Duncan told me how the process works, “In the case of making 3D filament, we used our collected post-industrial chip bags (which are a pp/pe blend), shredded them down, and extruded them into plastic pellets. We sent these plastic pellets to 3D Brooklyn, who processed the pellets through a filament extruder to create the resulting printing filament.”

Because it has already sold out, it seems promising to me that they might just restock the chip bag filament. There may even be more exciting sustainable filaments on the way. Horray!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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Michael Molitch-Hou previously served as Editor-in-Chief of 3D Printing Industry, he is now the Editor of Engineering . com’s 3D printing section. He has covered additive manufacturing technology day in and day out since 2012 and has hundreds of article to his credit. He is the founder of The Reality Institute.

Milk Carton Duct Tape Wallet

It is very unusual for us to do this, but this week we are featuring a craft that can be found on the Family Fun website. It is the Milk Carton Wallet, and it’s usable and functional! We wanted to feature it because our friend Brooklyn made a bunch of them and we loved the way they turned out. Brooklyn is in the fourth grade. You can visit the Family Fun website HERE to download a template. We’ve mapped out a few of the steps below so you will know what you are getting into!

First you’ll want to save some juice or milk cartons and wash them thoroughly!

Then you need to download the template, lay it on the carton and cut.

You’ll need to score the sides to create accordion folds, and carefully cut out a hole to fit over the spout.

Now for the fun part! Cover the whole thing with duct tape! Use different patterns for the inside and outside and edges. The inside of your wallet will end up looking something like this:

Look at how cool that is!

The wallet you see here is super sturdy. It is currently being used at summer camp! Thanks Brooklyn for sharing this cool craft with us!

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Mini Tins

I was getting ready to buy a pill box the other day when I realized it was crazy to pay for something we could make at home. So here is a new craft with the Altoid box, only this time we used Altoids Smalls tins.

Materials:

Altoids Smalls boxes Beaded chain Pieces of fabric Metal Scrapbook Letters Gems Strong Glue (We used Crafter’s Pick: The Ultimate)

Directions:

Start with an empty Altoids Smalls tin Cut out a small lid-sized rectangle of fabric Coat top of box with glue Apply fabric Run beaded chain around box and secure with glue Add letters and gems as desired Done in a jiffy! Now it’s ready for trinkets, pills, paperclips, or pins.

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Altoid Box Suitcase: Crafts from THE BOY PROJECT

Hooray! THE BOY PROJECT (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister) , a humorous middle grade novel from Scholastic, was released TODAY! In honor of the book’s release, we are featuring some of the crafts Kara mentions in the book on the blog. Kami Kinard, the book’s author, is the mother of CLM, this blog’s creator. The Altoid Box Suitcase was one of our first posts. Kami liked the idea so much that she included it in her book! Click on the book in the sidebar to learn more about it!

Make a realistic looking suitcase for your doll.

This craft is a little more difficult, but we loved the result!

Materials:

Altoids tin
Sheet of blank paper
Masking tape
Brown shoe polish
coated wire
long bead or several small beads
Small picture-hanging nail
Hammer

Directions:

Fold sheet of paper until it is slightly smaller than top of Altoids tin. This will cover the embossed letters, if present. It will also provide dimension.
Center the folded sheet on top of Altoids tin and secure with masking tape.
Continue to place pieces of masking tape on box until the entire surface is covered.
Using a soft rag apply brown shoe polish to the masking tape. Wipe off excess with clean rag. Repeat process for darker color.
Have an adult puncture two holes in side of Altoids tins that is opposite from the hinge. Use picture hanging nail and hammer for this. (Each of our holes was approximately two centimeters from the edge.)
Thread one end of coated wire through hole.
Add bead or beads.
Bring Wire through other hole and twist to secure.
Decorate your suitcase with small stickers, postage stamps, or home made stickers (directions below.)

To Make Travel Stickers:

Materials:

Tiny printouts of travel pictures (we used Microsoft Word clip art)
Transparent tape
Markers
Scissors
Directions:

Print out small travel pictures. Pictures should be narrow enough to be covered by a single piece of transparent tape.
Color pictures with markers.
Cut out pictures.
Place sticky side of tape over colored side of pictures, leaving edges of the tape exposed.
Carefully cut around pictures leaving a small area of sticky side of tape around the edges.
Apply these picture-stickers to surface of suitcase.

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Senior Editor for Make: I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity of the masses! My favorite thing in the world is sharing the hard work of a maker.

I’d always love to hear about what you’re making, so send me an email any time at [email protected]

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Caleb Kraft

Senior Editor for Make: I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity of the masses! My favorite thing in the world is sharing the hard work of a maker.

I’d always love to hear about what you’re making, so send me an email any time at [email protected]

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How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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Jude Pullen was toying around with a home vacuum former called the Mayku Formbox. The machine allows you to create vacuum formed shapes at home fairly easily. Pullen had the idea that it would be great if he could use upcycled material instead of buying plastic each time.

As it turns out, only a few simple modifications were necessary to make this work with sheets cut directly from milk jugs. Though the modifications were for the Formbox specifically, all he’s doing is blocking the breeze to attain a slightly higher temperature – something you could do to any machine.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

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Kitschy tin turned into a fun and quirky accessory
Deconstruct a pretty metal container and use the reclaimed metal to create a pair of kitschy earrings.

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You Will Need

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Find a pretty tin, that is in good condition, preferably without rust, discoloration or dents.
Make sure to wipe it down so it is clean

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Using tin snips, very carefully deconstruct the can along the side seam and across the bottom.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Use great care, edges are extremely sharp.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

With a nylon mallet flatten the metal

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Use a disc cutter to cut out circles from the tin. If you don’t have access to a cutter, you can use a circle template & a fine point sharpie to trace the shape and the tin snips to cut it out.

File the edges of the discs with file and sandpaper to ensure there are no sharp edges. Punch a small hole a the top of two circles to form a pair.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Add ear wires and any beads you’d like for embellishment.

Healthy Living in Fragile Environments

Potato chip bags are something we’ve all handled and then thrown into the trash.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

If your conscience has you wondering if there are alternatives to sending that bag into the landfill, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

If you simply want to try to reduce your chip bag footprint, just make your own easy microwave chips using Rock Farmer’s simple method. If you want an oil-free recipe with a few more steps, give this one from the Kitchn a try.

Reuse and Repurpose:

1) If you’re not able to resist purchasing snacks in crinkly bags, then use your bags as gift bags! It’s easy to do: Turn your chip bag inside out, wash it with dish soap to get rid of any grease. Dry it out. Then reuse the silvery or white side as a mylar-style gift bag. We do this all the time and reuse them over and over. We just attach some pretty ribbon like these pictured here which we found on the beach (no kidding) hanging beneath a deflated helium balloon all twisted up in seaweed. These ribbons last forever, they’re made of plastic, and look as good as new even after years of floating in the open sea. I’ve picked up so many of them on the beach, I’ve had occasion to give a bag of them away on my local Buy Nothing group, with the caveat that the person agrees to keep the ribbons on indoor gifts and not set them free with a helium balloon. When you’ve seen them wrapped around the necks of baby seals and sea turtles, you can’t help reconsider why we risk sending them into our seas via floating balloons in the first place. But I digress.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

2) Make a shoulder bag. Some chip bags have a cool vintage look to them and could make a great shoulder bag.

3) Make a gum wrapper-style chain bracelet. Remember making paper chains from gum-wrappers? If you employ the same method with chip bags and candy wrappers, you can craft some amazing things. First step is making a bracelet.

4) And when you’ve mastered the gum wrapper-style bracelet, you’re ready to move on to the purse.

5) Craftbits has a tutorial for a nice clutch.

6) Make a potato chip bag mini scrap book. At making-mini-scrapbooks.com, you’ll learn how to make your own cool books that would also make excellent gifts for friends.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Mini Potato Chip Bag Scrapbook, Photo © making-mini-scrapbooks.com

7) Instructables has a tutorial for a chip bag wallet.

8) Craft a baby crinkly square to appeal to baby’s need for tactile and aural stimulation. We think a snack bag would make some good crinkly sounds for your little one.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Baby Crinkly Squares Can Be Made With Potato Chip Bags, Photo © Joy’sHope.com

Remember the Sunchip compostable bags and how loud they were (95 db)? Maybe stay away from those. They’ve been discontinued, apparently, but consumers certainly had fun with the deafening chip bags. Even a Facebook group was started, called SORRY, BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THIS SUNCHIPS BAG. We were excited to see that compostable snack bags were being tested on the market, yet when we did our own compost test of the Sunchip bags in a commercial composter for a month, the bags, surprisingly, were still intact — no decomposition visible.

9) Make an adorable robot from the silvery side of your bag.

10) Yet another Instructable. This time it’s a pencil case. Who needs Terracycle when you can upcycle your own stuff?

11) Cover over an old bracelet with delightful snack bag colors to make a new one!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

I figure that’s enough to keep you busy with your snack bags, but let’s face it, all of this will end up being tossed in the landfill eventually. Although my kids love to occasionally have a junk food fix of chips, we’re continuing to do our best to stop buying foods that come in unrecyclable bags. Until chips can be sold in something a little more sustainable, we’ll do our best to just say no, or make our own.

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Things You’ll Need

  • 200 plastic grocery bags (estimation, may be slightly more or less)
  • Duct tape (use a fun color!)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

If you find yourself with more plastic grocery bags than you know what to do with, you have a few options. Some stores allow you to return these grocery bags for recycling. Or you could recycle them yourself into a creative new item. Making purses out of plastic grocery bags is fun, economical and new. Imagine the comments you might receive when you carry a purse made from plastic grocery bags!

Cut the plastic grocery bags into 1-inch wide strips. It does not matter if you cut them up and down or across.

Lay out 10 strips side by side vertically in front of you on a work surface to begin to make one half of the purse.

Tape the top and bottom edges of the strips to the table with duct tape.

Begin weaving the remaining strips in and out from the taped strips. Place a strip under the first strip and over the next strip and under the next strip continuing through all of the taped strips.

Continue weaving under and over as you get to the end of the first row. When the strip you are weaving with runs out, begin a new strip in the same place of the weaving and continue weaving under and over the taped strips. Push the woven strips down tightly against each other as you weave.

Weave the strips of plastic bag until the piece is as large as you desire.

Stop weaving when the purse half is as large as you want and cut off the weaving strip at an edge. Tuck it in securely so it doesn’t unravel.

Remove the duct tape from the top and bottom of the vertical strips.Place duct tape along all four edges of the woven piece and fold the tape over to the back side so that all four edges are covered.

Repeat steps 2 through 8 to make the second half of the purse.

Place the two purse halves together and duct tape them securely down both sides and the bottom of the purse.

Make purse handles by braiding three plastic bag strips together to form two handles in the desired length. Wrap duct tape several times around the ends of the braids to secure the braiding.

Attach the purse handles to the insides of the purse with duct tape. Use several pieces of tape to make sure the handles are secure.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter’s Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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Potato chip bags are something we’ve all handled and then thrown into the trash.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

If your conscience has you wondering if there are alternatives to sending that bag into the landfill, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

If you simply want to try to reduce your chip bag footprint, just make your own easy microwave chips using Rock Farmer’s simple method. If you want an oil-free recipe with a few more steps, give this one from the Kitchn a try.

Reuse and Repurpose:

1) If you’re not able to resist purchasing snacks in crinkly bags, then use your bags as gift bags! It’s easy to do: Turn your chip bag inside out, wash it with dish soap to get rid of any grease. Dry it out. Then reuse the silvery or white side as a mylar-style gift bag. We do this all the time and reuse them over and over. We just attach some pretty ribbon like these pictured here which we found on the beach (no kidding) hanging beneath a deflated helium balloon all twisted up in seaweed. These ribbons last forever, they’re made of plastic, and look as good as new even after years of floating in the open sea. I’ve picked up so many of them on the beach, I’ve had occasion to give a bag of them away on my local Buy Nothing group, with the caveat that the person agrees to keep the ribbons on indoor gifts and not set them free with a helium balloon. When you’ve seen them wrapped around the necks of baby seals and sea turtles, you can’t help reconsider why we risk sending them into our seas via floating balloons in the first place. But I digress.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

2) Make a shoulder bag. Some chip bags have a cool vintage look to them and could make a great shoulder bag.

3) Make a gum wrapper-style chain bracelet. Remember making paper chains from gum-wrappers? If you employ the same method with chip bags and candy wrappers, you can craft some amazing things. First step is making a bracelet.

4) And when you’ve mastered the gum wrapper-style bracelet, you’re ready to move on to the purse.

5) Craftbits has a tutorial for a nice clutch.

6) Make a potato chip bag mini scrap book. At making-mini-scrapbooks.com, you’ll learn how to make your own cool books that would also make excellent gifts for friends.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Mini Potato Chip Bag Scrapbook, Photo © making-mini-scrapbooks.com

7) Instructables has a tutorial for a chip bag wallet.

8) Craft a baby crinkly square to appeal to baby’s need for tactile and aural stimulation. We think a snack bag would make some good crinkly sounds for your little one.

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

Baby Crinkly Squares Can Be Made With Potato Chip Bags, Photo © Joy’sHope.com

Remember the Sunchip compostable bags and how loud they were (95 db)? Maybe stay away from those. They’ve been discontinued, apparently, but consumers certainly had fun with the deafening chip bags. Even a Facebook group was started, called SORRY, BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THIS SUNCHIPS BAG. We were excited to see that compostable snack bags were being tested on the market, yet when we did our own compost test of the Sunchip bags in a commercial composter for a month, the bags, surprisingly, were still intact — no decomposition visible.

9) Make an adorable robot from the silvery side of your bag.

10) Yet another Instructable. This time it’s a pencil case. Who needs Terracycle when you can upcycle your own stuff?

11) Cover over an old bracelet with delightful snack bag colors to make a new one!

How to Make Beads out of Recycled Chip Bags

I figure that’s enough to keep you busy with your snack bags, but let’s face it, all of this will end up being tossed in the landfill eventually. Although my kids love to occasionally have a junk food fix of chips, we’re continuing to do our best to stop buying foods that come in unrecyclable bags. Until chips can be sold in something a little more sustainable, we’ll do our best to just say no, or make our own.