How to Make a Chain from Starburst Wrappers

Candy wrappers can be used to make an interesting and pretty "chain". The chain can be used as a decoration any time of the year, as a decorative belt or accessory, for wrapping gifts with or for any other purpose you can think of.

Steps

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    Start collecting wrappers. You will need a lot of Starburst wrappers. Seven wrappers will make approximately 2 inches (5cm) of chain.
    • If you want the chain to be shinier, replace the wrappers with shiny ones, like mint wrappers; or intersperse the Starburst wrappers with mint wrappers.
    • Add some color variety to your chain. Buy different flavors of Starburst with different wrapper colors or fold them so the inside shows for a white link.
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    Lay one wrapper down on a table so that it is long but not tall, with the blank side facing up.
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    Fold the wrapper in half so that the bottom corners touch the top ones.
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    Do this two more times.
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    The color side of the wrapper should be visible. It should be only be about 6 millimeters (0.23") tall.
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    Fold the wrapper in half horizontally.
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    Open it up again.
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    Fold it so that the outer edges are touching the crease.
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    Fold the wrapper in half once again.
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    Once you have made more of these, you will need to connect them.
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    Take the two ends of one wrapper and insert it into the two ends of another wrapper. It's easier to insert the next link if you arrange the previous link with the bend of the fold pointing towards incoming ends.
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    Continue this process.
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    Eventually a chain will start to form. You can add on as much as you want.
    • Use like streamers to decorate a room for a party.
    • If you add a necklace chain or findings, you can turn this into a necklace.
    • Make one long enough to go around your waist and dangle a little, for a pretty belt accessory (obviously it cannot carry the weight a normal belt does––it's just decorative).
    • Use to make hair accessories or jewelry items.
    • Use as a gift wrapping decoration, in place of ribbon or bows.
    • Use in craft projects for added decoration.

Tips

  • If you want to "spice up" your chain, cut other candy wrappers to the size of a Starburst wrapper, follow the same steps.
  • To get a longer chain with fewer wrappers, in Step 3, where it says to fold the wrapper in half (the first time), rip it in half (making sure you folded it enough so the rip is clean). Follow the rest of the steps using each half of the wrapper. The chain will still be strong.
  • You can also use gum wrappers.
  • A great way is to add glue every few inches because it will be stronger and last longer!

Warnings

  • Don't pull too hard on the chains or they will break.

Things You'll Need

  • Starburst wrappers (or gum wrappers or Tootsie Roll wrappers; Andes Candies wrappers don't work as well, but you can still use them)

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