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Tutorial: Tear-Drop Chip Bag Ornament and Scrap Garland

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 23, 2013

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The last two decorations were a bit fiddly even for me, so I came up with a couple easy ones. Fortunately, I have a small stash of clean chip bags, so no calories were consumed in the making of these ornaments. At least not this year.

Remember how I said that you could flatten the creases in the bags with hot water? It’s even easier with an iron, set on “silk.” If you’re nervous about doing this, by all means try lower settings, use a press cloth, etc. Your iron may be hotter than mine and I do not want to be responsible for damaging it.

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Tear-Drop Decoration

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I think I used a family-size chip bag for this one.

1. Cut a clean chip bag into strips half an inch wide.

2. Cut the strips into the following lengths: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 inches (if your bags aren’t long enough, do what you can).

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3, Align the ends and lay them on top of the other, with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on the top.

4. Staple the aligned ends (if they’re a bit too slippery, use a bulldog or binder clip to hold them).

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5. Fold the strips in half. with the shortest strip on the inside and the longest strip on the outside, and staple the ends together.

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6. Tie a string through the top and hang.

Scrap Tinsel Garland

What else could I do with all those scraps?

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1. Cut a bunch of chip bags into 2 x 1/4 inch strips.

2. Thread a large-eyed sewing needle with a long, doubled piece of perle 8 cotton. Let it dangle for a while so that it untwists. Perle 8 can be quite twisty and it’s frustrating if it keeps tangling.

3. Tie a knot to join the two ends. Tie another knot about 2 inches from the first knot, to create a “stopper.”

4. Pierce a piece of chip bag with the needle and push the strip to the knot. Repeat with remaining strips, spacing the strips about 1/4″ apart. While you can thread several strips onto the needle at once, you don’t save much time doing it that way because it’s more difficult to separate them so that they have enough space to twirl and dangle.

5. When you’ve reached the end of your thread (or supply of strips or patience), tie a knot. Tie a second knot 2 inches after the first knot and cut the doubled crochet thread.

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