Last month, Pam wanted to know what she could do with empty crisp packets.
There is no way to recycle them in the UK at the moment, so you all put your creative minds to the task.
Here’s what you came up with:
While browsing the internet I came across a suggestion to file into your ‘next Christmas’ ideas bank! You could collect crisps bags throughout the year and make your own foil Christmas decorations. They look just the same as the ones you buy in the pound shops but without sweatshop labour or the packaging!
Want some sparkly wrapping paper for small gifts? Turn crisp bags inside out, give them a clean and use to wrap tiny gifts such as make up, kids toys or a couple of handmade biscuits.
Suella is full of creative ideas. She suggests “Washed and cut into sheets they can be cut layered, stitched and slightly heated with a hairdryer for interesting ornaments or cat toys. Added to a fabric backing, they can be appliqued, marked with a sharp biro, placed under or onto sheer fabric with other colourful snippets, like Ferrero Roche and sweetie foils and packaging. Stitched over the resulting piece of fabric can make an interesting book cover. More stitching and cutting can make a corsage.
Stitched over an old scarf they make a unique garment. Wear it as a scarf or make cuffs, pockets, plackets or even collars. Decorate an old denim jacket or anything else that might need spicing up.
Pam from Plastic is Trash gave me the headsup on this tutorial for making shrinkies. Anyone of a certain age will remember the craze!
Make your own crisps!
Georgina recommends ditching the packaging and making your own crisps! She says “I like kale ones best and various recipes for these can be found on the net. You can make them in the oven or in a dehydrator. If you use the oven you can make other things at the same time to reduce energy and financial costs. When they are made, store them in small reusable tubs or reusable plastic ziploc bags.”
Mrs Green’s edit: If you want to stick with potato, apparently you can make potato chips in a microwave in six minutes! Find the recipe here.
In the garden
Sarah suggests cutting into strips and attaching to canes to use as bird scarers in the garden.
Megan loves crisp packets turned inside out to create a shiny backdrop for her scrapbooking!
Make a bag
If you’re a serious crisp eater or have friends who like to indulge, here are complete instructions for making your own bag from woven crisp packets! Don’t they look amazing?
If all that weaving sounds like too much trouble, Vicky from Vicky Myers Creations, found this tutorial for a more straight forward design.
I know, by the time you’ve used the freebies that the charities insist on shoving through your door and your repurposing old cds you probably have MORE than enough coasters cluttering up your home, but you have to admit it – these look kinda cute! Here’s the tutorial:
Wear your trash
For the fashionistas among you, why not take inspiration from fashion student Rebekah Kirkland who rustled up this creation. It only took her two months to make!
What about you – what do you do with all those empty crisp bags?