How to Make Recycled Candy Wrapper Clutch Purse

Turn trash into something useful by weaving empty candy wrappers into a stylish clutch purse. You will need a lot of wrappers to make a clutch, so save every wrapper you use or ask friends and family to contribute to the cause. You can also use empty chip bags or any type of thin plastic wrapper if you can't go through enough candy. Making a clutch from candy wrappers may take a long time, so don't get frustrated if the project takes you a more than a weekend or two to complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Candy wrappers (or chip bags, packaging from cookies, ramen or any thin plastic wrapping)
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
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    • 1

      Cut the wrappers into 4.5-inch-by-2-inch strips. You will need to cut about 400 or so wrappers. Lay the wrappers on the cutting mat and use the X-acto knife to cut them, using your ruler as a guide, or cut the wrappers with a pair of scissors.

    • 2

      Clean the wrappers with a bit of water and soap to remove any candy or chip residue. Dry carefully.

    • 3

      Fold each wrapper in half lengthwise. Unfold the wrapper and fold the bottom portion up to the center crease. Fold the top portion down to the center crease. Then fold in half lengthwise, concealing the other folds on the inside.

    • 4

      Fold each wrapper in half widthwise, then tuck the ends of the wrapper into the center.

    • 5

      Join two wrappers together by tucking one wrapper flap into the other wrapper flap. You should have something that looks like a sideways L. Continue to tuck the wrappers together, creating a zigzag chain.

    • 6

      Once your wrapper chain is about 2 feet long, shape it into a circle. Unfold the flap of the first wrapper and tuck it into the last wrapper you added to the chain.

    • 7

      Continue to make wrapper chains until you have 10 to 15 chains.

    • 8

      Thread a tapestry needle with upholstery thread. Tie a knot in the end of the thread.

    • 9

      Stack two wrapper circles on top of each other, so that they interlock. Push your needle through the bottom edge of one wrapper on the top chain and into the top of the wrapper directly underneath it. Continue to sew the top row of wrappers to the bottom row of wrappers until you have come full circle.

    • 10

      Place another wrapper circle onto the two you just sewed together. Stitch the new circle to the one beneath. Repeat, adding new wrapper circles until the purse is about 5 inches tall.

    • 11

      Use straight pins to press the bottom of the purse closed. Sew the bottom closed.

    • 12

      Pin the sides of a zipper to the top of the clutch. Make sure your zipper is long enough to go all the way across the top. Trim any excess from the bottom of the zipper if it is too long.

    • 13

      Close the zipper and sew one side of the zipper to the bag by hand. Repeat, sewing the other side of the zipper to the other side of the bag.

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