Making Purses Out of Candy Wrappers

I am trying to find a pattern and directions on making a purse out of candy or gum wrappers. I've looked all over the Web and haven't found anything promising.

Kim from Hurricane, WV


Making Purses Out of Candy Wrappers has a tons of things made form it. (03/25/2007)

By Alana


Making Purses Out of Candy Wrappers

While I was in prison, I saw all kinds of things made in this style of weaving wrappers from picture frames, to little booties, to bud vases for paper flowers, to purses, and cigarette cases.

  • You start with a piece of paper 3 times the width of the "square" that shows and a little less than 6 times the length of the"square". You can use the wrappers or plain paper, even wrapping paper covered with a piece of cellophane the same size.
  • You fold it in thirds lengthwise. ( the folds running the long direction)
  • You then fold it in half with the folds from the previous step on the inside so the cut edge is inside the piece. (the fold runs across the length)
  • Next fold the halves in on themselves so you have a piece about twice as long as it is wide.
  • Once you have a whole pile of these pieces you can begin to weave them.
  • This is done by interlocking them. The folded half of one fits into the inside folds of the next.
  • You continue to add pieces and weave them into your shapes. Rectangles are easiest.

  • After you have them all woven, you can lock them together with dental floss or other strong thread using a wide plastic needle to pull the floss though the joints in a pattern, that adds strength. The thread/floss can't be seen as it is the inside of the folds.
Guys used plastic from plastic bottles to cut into a wide long shuttle to weave the thread/floss.
A drawing would be easier to explain with. Take apart one and find out how they are made. Hope this helps. 10/15/2007)

By Mark

Making Purses Out of Candy Wrappers

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Try this address. It shows step by step how to complete a folded potato bag (purse) same for any candy wrapper or gum wrapper purse you want to make.

Emily (08/15/2008)

By Jess (TF Editor)

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