What to do with empty crisp packets.., 9 recycle crisp packet ideas

December 17, 2014

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 .

9 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.

Crisp Packet Apron

Stitch crisp packets together to form the crisp packet apron.

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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17 comments so far.

17 responses to “What to do with empty crisp packets.., 9 recycle crisp packet ideas”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I remember having lots of fun shrinking crisp packets as a kid. 🙂
    Can’t remember what we did with them afterwards.
    I think my favourite idea in your post in the bin. xx

  2. Carolyn says:

    This is so cool! I really like the bracelet “)
    Merry Christmas “)

  3. Jewel says:

    They are all great ideas. Too bad I do not wear dresses any longer. Haha! I love the bracelet and the bin.

  4. HA! Love how we both did this AND managed to come up with different ideas. Your waste paper bin and wallet are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your inspiring finds 😀

  5. Una says:

    I like the coasters and the pencil cases. As it is the season of goodwill, I won’t say what I think of the dress!!

  6. Amylouise5 says:

    You brought a smile to my face:) My favourite is the earrings but as yet I have failed to replicate – more experimentation required!

  7. Wow I’ll be saving all of my empty packets from now on then. love the colours on the dress, guess it will be rain proof too!! Happy sewing

  8. Is the bracelet made of crisps packets? Everything look so great! Love your ideas. Thank you for sharing, it’s a great idea to put our imagination into creating something so beautiful and useful.

  9. Aileen says:

    When you mentioned fusing by melting in oven. Couldn’t you do what you did with sandwich bag – iron them or would you lose all the detail of the crisp packet? I am a complete novice so forgive me if I ask dumb questions lol

  10. Thanks for the tips Kate & Zane! I know I could do this with a bigger needle with a bigger eye! Appreciate it!

  11. How to put zips in crisp bag

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