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How to make a starburst (or bubble gum) wrapper chain

You can easily make a chain out of starburst or gum wrappers. I'm using starburst wrappers since I ate some today, but gum wrappers work just as well.

I just made a chain from one package of starbursts, but if you get enough, you can make a longer chain and turn it into a picture frame or something more fun. Use your imagination!

 
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Step 1: Supplies

A bunch of starburst or gum wrappers. A great idea: buy a package of starbursts and eat them as you go!

You could also use small pieces of colorful paper, but you'll need to figure out the necessary dimensions - they should generally be much longer than they are wide.

Step 2: Fold 'em up

You'll need to fold each piece up as follows. You can do this as you go (useful if you want to eat them as you make this) or you can fold them all first.

1. Fold the wrapper in thirds lengthwise. I've found this width works best for the starburst wrapper, but you might need to adjust for gum wrappers or paper. (Pictures 1 & 2)

2. Fold the wrapper in half lengthwise (Picture 3). You will end up with a long skinny wrapper with no raw edges or insides showing.

3. Fold each end (width-wise) in to meet in the middle (Picture 4). It helps if you fold it in half first to mark where the middle is.

4. Fold in half where you might have folded it in step 3 (Picture 5).

Repeat for each wrapper. It will all make more sense when you try to put them together and then you can adjust your folds as necessary.

sageserver4 years ago
If your making a bracelet, how do you attach both ends together?
jwystup (author)  sageserver4 years ago
I added a step 4: close the ends! just for you, I hope it helps!!
jwystup (author)  sageserver4 years ago
That's a great idea, I'll add a step once I eat some more starbursts. I'll also add a step describing frames and corners.

To close the end, you would insert the last piece with the ends sticking out (so it's a longer V) and then wrap them around the first piece, sort of connecting them the same as you would've if the first piece wasn't already connected, but with a little more maneuvering. This will probably be easier to understand once I get pictures up!
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