Candy Wrappers

A couple months ago I was surfing the internet looking for some inspiration. I wanted a new project that would not only highlight good design and craftsmanship but would also incorporate the use of recycled materials. Then, I stumbled across candy wrapper purses.

Unfortunately, I don't have tons of candy wrappers around, but I do have plenty of old magazines and comic books. I decided to start with those.


Also, the process of making an entire bag seemed a little daunting so my first projects were a little smaller. I started experimenting with the basic process of folding and weaving the paper pieces. My daughter liked one of my preliminary attempts when I made a comic book bracelet. Since then I have made a few other bracelets out of everything form magazines to pages from old books. My latest bracelet is my favorite so far. I used some scraps of Christmas wrap that were too small to cover any presents. The paper was shiny and silver, so the bracelet almost looks metallic.


After a few bracelets, I decided to try making a bag. There are plenty of places on the internet that describe how to fold and weave the paper into strips, but I couldn't find any good descriptions of how to form the strips  into a bag. That meant a lot of trial and error. The bottom part of the bag is the trickiest. But after numerous attempts (that ended up in the recycle bin) I finally figured out how to make a rectangular bag.


Good is never good enough, though. I liked the rectangular bags, but I really wanted to make something with a more polished look. I was back to the drawing board trying to figure out how I could improve the shape of the bag. After a few more failed attempts, I was finally able to fashion a more tapered bag. I still have to put the straps on, but that's the easy part.

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