20 Candy Wrapper Crafts

Do you have some surplus candy wrappers, too? Try one of these amazing candy wrapper crafts to use them up!

We don’t eat a ton of candy, so until recently, the world of candy wrapper crafts has been closed to me.

My kid’s recent ninth birthday party was candy-themed, however… Yeah, we’ve got some surplus candy wrappers now.

Do you have some surplus candy wrappers, too? Try one of these amazing candy wrapper crafts to use them up!

NOTE: I’ve got a bit of a personal beef against projects that require covering the candy wrappers in clear vinyl or backing them with duct tape, because making them requires using as much new plastic product as you’re upcycling, but I’ve included a couple, regardless. There’s a lot of room for eco-crafters of all levels on my planet.

20 Candy Wrapper Crafts

1. beads. Use candy wrappers to cover chunky beads, then string them into a necklace.

2. belt. Turn candy wrappers into a wearable accessory with this candy wrapper belt tute.

3. bookmarksThis tute uses candy boxes (think Milk Duds), but would work with bagged candy, as well.

4. bucket. A bucket decoupaged with candy wrappers (especially vintage ones) makes an awesome Halloween decoration, or a great treat holder.

5. candy wrapper coin purseThis project is great for a kid or teen, because there’s only a little hand-sewing required.

6. covered button earrings. You can even use a covered button kit for these, and then use the linked tutorial to turn your covered buttons into earrings.

7. doll dress. Use this technique and your own pattern to make candy wrapper doll dresses.

8. flowers. These candy wrapper flowers look cute in a bouquet or as hair bows.

9. gum wrapper chain. A gum wrapper chain would make a really cool bunting across a kid’s room.

10. hair bowThis tute will work on any mylar wrapper, including trading cards.

11. origami. Here are LOADS of tutorials for making origami from candy wrappers.

12. phone case. All you need is a clear case to start with, and you can swap out your favorite wrappers indefinitely.

13. purseThe tutorial uses potato chip bags, but any wrappers of similar material will also work.

14. recycled bottle earringsHere’s another way to make candy wrapper decoupaged earrings, and this tute even uses upcycled plastic soda bottles as the base.

15. sewn candy wrapper pouchThis project is similar to the candy wrapper coin purse, above, but with more engineering and sewn components that give it a finished look. If you like to sew, this is the pouch for you!

16. Starburst wrapper braceletYou know you did this back in junior high. Wear it again with this tutorial.

17. tooth fairy boxThis a super cute way to decorate this little gift box for the tooth fairy. Save those Halloween candy wrappers!

18. turkeyHere’s the perfect post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving craft to use up all those trick-or-treating wappers.

19. vasePad out the pretty candy wrappers with colorful magazine pages, and you won’t have to eat so much candy first.

20. votive. A votive decoupaged with candy wrappers is the perfect Halloween craft.

Written by Julie Finn

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.

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