How can I reuse or recycle … shiny chocolate wrappers?

chocolate_wrapping250.jpgAt this time of year, a lot people end up eating more than their of own body weight in individually wrapped chocolates and as pleasurable as it is to undo all those little tiny chocolately presents, it’s a whole lot of packaging going to waste too.

Around here (and at my mum and dad’s house), said wrappers instantly become cat toys but ones that are only interesting until the point the cat actually catches them (fickle cats that they are).

So what else can we do with them once the cats are bored? I’m thinking particularly those ones that fold out to be squares of transparent plastic or foil because they seem to be the most obviously reusable but any suggestions are welcome, of course.

(Photo by Gastonmag – insert your own “But Ambassador…” joke here)

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35 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … shiny chocolate wrappers?”

  1. Amanda Kerik says:

    Crumpled up they make quite good scouring pads.

    You can wrap candy in it for a treasure hunt.

    Crumpled around a small stick makes them into very basic beads – which 5 year olds would like I’m sure.

    If you get enough of them you could smooth them out and use them as reflectors in solar ovens (black box with foil inside).

    Use it to wrap special notes to your child and put it in her lunch box – the gold / silver will catch her eye.

    If shaped right these could be play coins.

    Maybe use them as very cheap gold foil in crafts.

  2. Rosie Angel says:

    \i \was a WW2 baby so i have memories of mass revycling form that time.
    I belonged to a dance tropp and we used the metlliac sweet wrappers on our costumes….the ony faris not oncouons was butter musin so that got dye an buttons were made from cadrboard and the covered ewith the sweet wrappers. Jewellery was made this way too. it looked very effective undr the lishgts on stage.

  3. Emms says:

    Kids could use them to decorate their thank you letters after christmas

  4. Lesley says:

    There’s a lovely story by Rumer Godden where two children make an icon for their Russian housekeeper from sweetpapers.

  5. See if your local primary school collects them for art projects.

  6. Rúna Björg says:

    My sister uses them to make Christmas decorations.

  7. fishcake_random says:

    you can use them for card making of scrapbooking.
    you can also stich them together and make durable garden decorations.
    cutting out shapes and using them as window decs.sun catchers.
    making a mobile.

  8. lesley says:

    do you think u can somehow set them in some clear resin to make durable beads for jewellery?

  9. joe says:

    why are ya all jabbering on bwt sum crappy sweet wrappers? lol

  10. porsha says:

    i like to recycle stuff that help the earth and

  11. jess says:

    renee- i wud love to see a picture of how you do this!!

  12. Val says:

    After the 2ww my dad used to make beautiful pictures with these lovely items. We would collect all our easter egg wrappers as well and he would transform them into works of art. I remember my crinoline lady on a bridge. Oh how I wish I could remember how he did it. I do remember a tranfer on glass and something to do with black paint. If anyone knows anything about this I would be thrilled to find out how it was done


    • Shannon says:

      I used to do this at school, you tape a picture to one side of the glass then you paint all the outlines and places that you don’t want the wrappers covering black( need to use a paint for glass)
      Let dry may need a couple of coats.
      Then you tape the wrappers on starting at the edges and working your way in.
      Best to use all different colours and textures to give it the right look, and also you need to clean the glass thoughly as the paint won’t stick if there is fingerprints or dirty.
      I hope this helps

      • Liz says:

        My Dad did this also he made a beutiful picture from a coluring book that I had of a girl standing in a tuplip field with a windmill in the back ground. I would remember him saying we need yellow or we need red paper so when you get your sweeties only get those colors It was so much fun. The only problem I have is trying to find a good picture colouring books don’t have the good pictures any more

  13. Deepak says:

    I was wondering if it made sense to collect the tin foil and once you have a large enough collection, can’t it be given to a manufacturer to recycle and reuse?

    • Shannon says:

      No, you can’t “recycle” them as metal, they have too many other chemicals and binders in them. You wouldn’t want to anyhow as they would probably have to travel outside the country to go to a processing plant (expensive and uses lots of oil.)

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  15. natashia says:

    im a fashion student and have found that sewing or weaving sweet wrappers makes an interesting and colourful patern, if you sew sweet wrappers onto a peice of material you can create bags or garments and even sell them as they are becoming more popular now because of the eco friendly way of life becoming more common

  16. Fiona says:

    I am going to try and use the coloured cellophoane wrappers from Quality Street sweets for making a mosaic/stained glass effect bowl or tealight holder. Some PVA glue and clear varnish should be all I need!? My work colleagues think I’m mad but wait till they see the finished article. :-)

  17. Deb Oakley says:

    Val – I remember making pic’s with my kids using crumpled up tinfoil (same difference). We took the backing off of a picture frame so we could get at the glass. We drew some basic figures/shapes then painted all around them with a few coats of black paint. After the paint was dry, we taped pieces of tinfoil (in this case, use the foil wrappers) over the unpainted drawings. When you turned the frame over, you saw the “sparkly” figures in a background of black. They loved doing it. Got any old frames? If you’re creative, you can make some pretty amazing pics.

  18. Deb Oakley says:

    Just realized that Val hasn’t been here since 2008! So…if the rest of you are interested, give it a try!

  19. Lillumz says:

    I have used foil candy wrappers for origami. I flatten the foil with my nail and cut it into a square to be folded. It’s great for modular origami when you have tons of identical wrappers.

  20. animepowerranger22 says:

    make candy wrapper wallets or bracelets!!!

  21. maddy says:

    hey, what if you used them to cut out shapes or letters for easter cards, or stick them onto some sort of big egg shaped ball to make a patchwork colourful looking easter egg decoration :)

  22. Summaya says:

    I was using the chockolate wrappers to make a touch field book with cardboard and chocolate wraps. My little sister loved it.

  23. Summaya says:

    I also made different types of books with the chocolate wrappers. I LOVE CHOCOLATE WRAPPERS.

  24. DLawrence says:

    Try terracycle zero waste boxes. A charge is applied but it means you can recycle most things that other wise would not get recycled. See the terracycle uk website. It’s brilliant!

  25. Kathy Danby says:

    I am collecting all kinds of sweet wrappers – not just foil – to make a “sweets for my sweet” collage for my granddaughter.

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