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Published on April 24th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Five Crafty Projects to Upcycle Your Potato Chip Bags

chip bag book cover
Even though my family homeschools, you may already know of my unholy obsession for book covers–you can’t pass down that used copy of Story of the World to the little sister and then re-sell it to pay for the next volume if you don’t keep the cover clean!

I’ve made book covers from brown paper bags, old wallpaper, and even fabric, but this potato chip bag book cover tutorial, from Dollar Store Crafts writing for Make and Takes, takes the book cover to a whole new level. This cover is sturdy. It’s water-resistant. It’s pop art fabulous. And if you don’t want to show off your affinity for chips, then you can put the cover on inside out, and you’re a shiny silver spaceman!

[The image on this page is the property of Dollar Store Crafts.]

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

2 Responses to Five Crafty Projects to Upcycle Your Potato Chip Bags

  1. P Wheeloc says:

    These are great ideas but… isn’t a chip bag made of plastic with a foil lining (at best) and sometimes lined with teflon related chemicals? I would not want anyone to chew on the bag or handled it a great deal– friction, heat, etc can cause small pieces of the plastic polymers (these are called monomers) to pop off and these are the little guys that cause so many problems in the body. Plastic is such a huge problem– how to reuse or dispose of it.

  2. Jackie Yamato says:

    Not to piss on your parade, but if you’re that concerned about the packaging…. Try buying the giant carton & portioning them into re-useable portion-size containers or maybe 2 containers (front seat & back seat). If that’s too big for a family of 4, Goldfish also come in paper packages. If your children are too “not-yet-for-good” they can’t pass a bag between them, maybe they can have a bag each & the grups can collect them at rest stops. Just saying….

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