What to do with empty crisp packets.. 8 recycle crisp packet ideas

I have had great fun the last few days on twitter – becoming rather involved in a question about what can be made with crisp packets, what would you  recycle crisp packets into? Somehow that chat has morphed into the desire to research the question.. recycled crisp packet dress anyone?

Leicester college Guzlian

Image courtesy of the Daily Mail

This is a fab design by Rebekah Kirkland. I’m not sure a dress is for everyone, Eau de fish & chip shop anyone??

On a more day to day basis here’s a round up of tutorials to inspire you to reuse the empty crisp packets which will appear over the christmas break .

8 Recycle Crisp Packet Ideas

Key rings:

key ring

Image Cut out and keep

Melt the crisp packet in the oven and convert into a key ring.

Crisp bag earrings

crisp earrings

Crowns from Ashes – Etsy

You can learn how to fold triangles here. I am guessing that you then melt the triangle in the oven and add earring fittings – I suspect thats a blog post waiting to be written:)

Recycle crisp bags into bags

potato-chip-bag recycle crisp bags

craftbits (shellie wilson)


The tutorial teaches you how to weave folded crisp packets and create a bag.


crisp bangle


Weave crisp packets together to create a sparkly bracelet.

Waste bin

waste bin made from recycled crisp bags


Recycled crisp packets into a woven rubbish bin – I love the bright colours but am not sure I have the patience myself!

Drinks coasters

recycle crisp packets into coasters


Great tutorial for combining crochet and crisp packets..

Pencil cases

recycle potato chip bags into pencil cases


Transform them into funky pencil cases with this great tutorial.

Crisp packet wallet

Crisp wallet

Image courtesy of instructables

This project involves fusing crisp packet layers together using your iron.

8 upcycled crisp packet ideas (1)

All I need to do now is eat some crisps – then I can try some of the projects out:)

Which is your favourite? What would you make?




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Upcycled Christmas Decorations

There is nothing quite like homemade and upcycled christmas decorations, especially of they are upcycled.

I have been having lots of fun coming up with ideas to enter a competition being run by Light Bulbs Direct. The brief is “This competition involves redecorating light bulbs into Christmas baubles and other festive decorations”

light bulb bauble tutorial

Regular readers will know why this immediately appealed to me:) Nothing like a good bit of upcycling:)

To make your own upcycled light bulb bauble you will need

  • Old container (I used the bottom of a drinks bottle)
  • Nail Varnish
  • Light bulbs
  • String
  • A means of hanging up the bulbs to dry
  • Sheet/paper to protect the table of dripping water/nail varnish
  • Ribbon

 To make:

Add water to your container, and drop some nail varnish in (you don’t need much).

Nail Varnish Marble effect

Lower your bauble gently into the water, turning it round to capture the swirled nail varnish.

Dip dye Light Bulb

Hang your bauble to dry.

When the nail varnish has dried, try dipping again with a different colour of nail varnish to gain a marble effect.

Nail Varnish Upcycled lightbulbs

Tip, use a pen/wooden skewer to swirl the nail varnish around before dipping in the light bulb.

Once the light bulb has dried it is time to pretty up the screw/bayonet end of the light bulb.

Wrap ribbon around, ensuring you create a loop to hang from your Christmas tree.

Upcycled Light Bulb Decoration

One finished bauble:)

If you too fancy creating upcycled baubles from light bulbs then Lightbulbsdirect  have created a pinterest board of inspiration, there are some fun ideas. Enter the competition here. What is your favourite homemade christmas decoration? Or upcycled Christmas decoration?




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PS I have no idea how nail varnish reacts to heat, therefore I do not recommend using nail varnish on a lightbulb you intend to switch on.



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Giveaway Winner – Hands free asymmetrical bag



and the winner is…

Heather Burgess

Handsfree asymetrical bag

Congratulations – the bag will be in the post Monday:)



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