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Snack SackWasted wrappers are an unfortunate byproduct of snacking, but those pieces of trash can easily become treasure. With a few tools and the will to recycle, those sweet or salty treats can be your students’ gateway to an eco-friendly carryall. Have kids bring wrappers in from home, collect your own, or designate a basket in the classroom for wrapper collection until you have enough to go around.


  • Assorted snack wrappers
  • Silver adhesive-backed contact paper
  • Rulers or quilters squares
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter & self-healing mat (optional)
  • Paperweights (empty glass bottles work well)
  • Fine-point hole punchers
  • Large hole punchers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • O-rings
  • Twine or chain handles.

Finished Size: 8″x10″x3″


Snack Attack!

  1. Determine the most visually interesting portion of each snack wrapper, cut out into rectangles and squares. Cut out a few extras in case ripping occurs. Set aside.
  2. From the contact paper, cut out the following pieces: (2) 9″x11″; (2) 4″x9″; and (1) 6″x10″.
  3. Starting with one of the 9″x11″ pieces, lay contact paper out on a table (with adhesive side up) and carefully pull-off backing. Since the paper tends to curl in onto itself, it’s helpful to place paperweights on all four edges of each piece.
  4. Leaving a little less than a ½” border around the edges of the contact paper piece, lay out different snack wrappers next to each other as if you were putting together a puzzle. Use your fingers to smooth down any air bubbles. (Note: If you choose to overlap any wrappers, you’ll need to glue down those areas, otherwise, the contact adhesive will be enough to hold down the whole piece.)
  5. Use scissors to snip off ½” squares from all four corners of the contact paper. Then, fold over each side ½” onto the side with wrappers. This will create a clean, finished edge.
  6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 for remaining 9″x11″ (back) and 4″x9″ (sides) contact paper pieces. You’ve now created the “fabric” for your bag. Yay!
  7. Remove backing on 6″x10″ piece and fold it in half lengthwise, creating a double layer for the bottom of the bag.

Simple Seam

  1. With wrapper sides out, use a fine-point hole puncher to make holes every ¼”, leaving another ¼” between the top of the hole and the end of the “fabric.”
  2. Using o-rings, link the front, side, back and bottom pieces together. Take it slowly–the contact paper can be a wee bit slippery.
  3. Now for the handles. With the front side facing you, measure 1½” in from each top corner. Create holes with a large hole puncher and then tie on some twine or attach chain handles.

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