Wasted 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
- Rotary cutter & self-healing mat (optional)
- Paperweights (empty glass bottles work well)
- Fine-point hole punchers
- Large hole punchers
- Needle-nose pliers
- Twine or chain handles.
Finished Size: 8″x10″x3″
- 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.
- From the contact paper, cut out the following pieces: (2) 9″x11″; (2) 4″x9″; and (1) 6″x10″.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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!
- Remove backing on 6″x10″ piece and fold it in half lengthwise, creating a double layer for the bottom of the bag.
- 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.”
- Using o-rings, link the front, side, back and bottom pieces together. Take it slowly–the contact paper can be a wee bit slippery.
- 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.