Thursday, June 23, 2011

Candy Wrapper Keychain tutorial

Get ready peeps, we're getting crafty!
This is something I used to do all the time in middle school and had completely forgotten about until recently.

First, buy some Skittles....I know you don't want to, but it will be worth it,  you don't even have to eat them, I promise.
 oh, hot tip: don't buy the green package - it's too plasticy and not papery enough and doesn't work well.

Second:  carefully open the packages so they don't tear and pour out the unwanted Skittles in a bowl - you can discard them later in a method of your choosing.

I tried this with peanut m&ms...it didn't work well....but the candy was good:)

Third: Turn on your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet in parchment paper or tin foil.

Fourth:  use a single hole punch to make a whole where you want to thread a ring to make the keychain.

Fifth:  Make sure you have an oven mitt close by and at the ready!  Also, I like tongs to pick them up off the pan.

Six: put the pan in the oven. As soon as you put the pan in the oven the packages start to bubble and shrink.  I keep the oven door open to watch and wait until it gets to the size I want.  It's only a matter of a few seconds.  
Do Not Leave Unattended! 


Seven: let it cool for a few minutes and then thread your key ring through!   You could also just add a jump ring and then you have a pendant for a necklace!  These are fun for kid's treat bags at birthday parties.


 Swedish Berries before and after!

Here are some mini skittles packages.  These ones I had peed the backs off first, before baking.  I think I like them better with the backs attached - they don't seem to twist as much & look better as the keychain.



I used a small shrunken piece as an embellishment on a fascinator.  I had cut small piece out before baking them to shrink.

Have fun shrinking candy wrappers!  Experiment and see what works....worse case scenario you have to eat a lot of candy!  I know I can remember using Snickers bars before...

3 comments:

  1. Oh, I thought you were going to french knit the plastic or something!

    We used to have 'shrinky dinks', I think. Which were something similar.

    I may not tell my children about this particular project which has "CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE" written all over it.

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  2. Indeed, MMMC. I seem to remember weird smells eminating from the oven.

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  3. Now this sounds like a craft I would like. I mean, who wouldn't want to eat candy for the sake of art? I'll do my part. Bring on the Skittles! :-)
    -FringeGirl

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