Introduction: The End of the Chip Clip

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Reseal those pesky metalized food bags with this super secret technique. No clips, no tape, no stale chips. Watch the exciting video!

Step 1: Watch the Video!

They say a clip is worth a thousand steps.

Step 2: History

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Right up there with Man vs. Himself and Man vs. Nature is Man vs. Staleness. Many techniques have been tried. The tape procedure. The clothespin gambit. The dedicated device, a.k.a. "The Chip Clip". The roll-up-and-shove-in-corner-of-cupboard maneuver. The eat-the-whole-bag-at-once system. And others.

Step 3: The Dawn of a New Era

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The video shows it all, but Instructables is all about the steps. So here they are.

Start by squeezing most of the air out of the bag so that the front and back of the bag are together and flattish down to the chips, or thereabouts.

Step 4: Roll Down

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Roll the bag down to just above the chips.

Step 5: Fold Corners In

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With the "roll" on the back side, fold 3 or 4 cm or each end around to the front as pictured.

Step 6: The Tricky Part

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Keep the corners pinned to the bag with your thumbs so the ends won't unroll. Use your index fingers to sort of unroll the middle part towards you. Simultaneously, push with your thumbs to tuck the corners up under the resulting overhang.

Step 7: Enjoy, or Not

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Promise yourself that you'll burn 1000 calories before you reopen the bag.

Nutritional facts: 130 calories per serving, 45 from fat. 12 servings per bag. Produced in a facility that handles peanut butter.


softenersreviews (author)2013-03-02

Awesome instructable and very wittingly labelled!

handprints (author)2009-09-28

Great instructable!! my daughter's friend taught me a different version, same concept...Step 4, instead of rolling, fold corners in at an angle (the bottom of the fold as close to the chips as possible). Step 5, roll the top of the bag away from the folds, Step 6, flip the corners inside out and over the roll top. It stays put pretty well. I wonder what else you can use the fold on?

DELTAWOLF05 (author)2008-06-28

THIS ROCKS!!! it works great, NO MORE STALE CHIPSS!!!!!!!!! thank you dude

lisabe (author)2008-06-27

Great tip...but...I just tried it with a strong clear plastic bag w/ cheese puffs and it completely unrolls itself. Doesn't hold the fold. Is this trick only for the foil type bag shown in your video?

jtolentino (author)2007-06-04

Nice. I have another problem where when I first open a bag I inevitably rip it wide open and fling chips all over the floor. Any tips for that one?

radiobath (author)jtolentino2008-03-19

I have that problem too. :( Especially with cereal.

tipsychimp (author)jtolentino2007-06-07

are you being serious? well if you are: instead of using arms to pull you can just grab two spots on either side of the bag near the top and bend your wrists in an outward motion so you just get a little hole and from there you can gradually bring the hole bigger

coneeleven (author)tipsychimp2007-06-15

or even simpler...scissors!

radiobath (author)2008-03-19

The video thankfully had a slow buffer time, so I was following it as it went step-by-step. It didn't help at all, I rolled it the wrong way. Now I figured it out. AND, flipping it upside down, so cool.

darus67 (author)2008-03-06

This is cool. It took a little practice to figure out, but now I can do it almost without thinking about it. It drives the rest of my family nuts, however, because they can't figure it out.

StupidGenius (author)2007-12-02

Loved it. The video, the theme, the climactic and triumphant ending. Absolutely brilliant. I smell an Oscar!

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Erika (author)2007-11-11

I just tried this technique on a bag of pretzel sticks! It works! Absolutely BRILLIANT!!

on_bourbon_street (author)2007-11-07

Very useful, kinda happy I don't really eat chips... but I'm sure I know some people who would love this technique, thanks!

dancingjackass (author)2007-06-25

Hahah... the music if from the famous TV show, CHiPs Patrol. Shame on you all for not knowing that!

I recognized it ...but, then again, I just now seen this instructable. LOL...nice choice of theme music btw ;) I'll have to try this method also, thanks :)

lollykins (author)2007-09-02

Top tip! I used it previously for a bag of sweets, then I looked up this tip again as I opened that HUGE packet of tortilla chips - just right to keep them nice and fresh for next time....!

VRS (author)2007-09-02

wow, why haven't I done this before!

FrugalSewing (author)2007-08-24

I'm cheap - I use clothes pins.

chloedactyl (author)2007-08-12

Love it. So very simple. Yet so very very useful.

foodie2 (author)2007-07-05

pretty cool. I also use SEALERZ resealable tape tabs. Get em on ebay. They look so much better than ugly chip clips.

OffDisplay (author)2007-07-03

That's just like the non-zip sandwich bags! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?! Genius.

scout (author)2007-06-24

great instructable! Now al my problems have been solved!

chuCraft (author)2007-06-24

A great idea in an amusing instructable! Though I did far too much origami as a child, I never would have thought to apply its techniques to sealing a bag of chips.

Toupee (author)2007-06-20

That music is hilarious. Can you PLEASE tell me what it's from? Great video.

technopenguin (author)2007-06-19

I almost had to ask my brother how to do this, it was so hard! :-)

Bassmint Stile (author)2007-06-15

thats just freekin awsome!!!!!!!!!!!

diggety2 (author)2007-06-14

Lovely idea! Very appropriate music to accompany too. :) At first, the glue gun scared me.

3orangefish (author)2007-06-14

just like rolling socks :o

ccddkkuu (author)2007-06-13

In forty-two comments so far, no one has used the word origami !

I am even more a fan of useful origami than i am of stale chips. But (sigh) in deference to the tone of the comment stream i'll refrain from mentioning origami, too.

Thanks, Flywoodkb !

This is appropriate technology.

PebbleBreeze (author)2007-06-12

ha! like a pair of socks. music track is too funny!!

Fenwick (author)2007-06-11

I love the music. A video is worth 25 thousand words per second, and it definitely helps for "the tricky part".

slasinski (author)2007-06-11

I b posting dis on metacafe and make $!

JamesRPatrick (author)2007-06-06

Very Clever.

Lindie (author)2007-06-05

Great idea, thanks!

uzerzero (author)2007-06-04

Hmm.. my mom taught me this exact same method back when I was a wee lad. You must know my mom.. and she only teaches this to her children.. so logically, you must be my long lost brother! But in all seriousness, nice instructable. Definitely one of those "now, why didn't I think of that?" ones. It reminds me a lot of the metal-less staple. You know, where you tear the paper a little bit and make a nice tear.

rgesthuizen (author)2007-06-03

Fascinating and sooo easy to do. Thanks for sharing this as a video :-)

ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-05-25

man i wish youtube worked on school computers

Oh I hadn't thought of that... do you know another video sharing service that works at more schools?

metacafe works i belive or just plain another window video

SeaLion (author)ich bin ein pyro2007-06-02

Hey look! It's Uchiha Itachi! Came here to look for chips as well eh?

trebuchet03 (author)flywoodkb2007-05-26

I'd actually be interested in knowing what works for those in the military... considering video services have kinda been being banned for them :/

Bob7k (author)trebuchet032007-06-01

now im not saying its a good idea, but maby try and claim it as proof of concept, try, got around almost every block ive ever ran into, and every block i have set up on several computers (hosts file moding, byebye myspace!)

Bob7k (author)Bob7k2007-06-01

oh, and i forgot to mention, unlike almost every other proxy site ive ran into, this one doesnt fill yer comp with adware.

maphew (author)2007-06-01

man that is the absolute essence of a good hack/technique/whatever. Nicely done! Now fess up: did you figure this out on your own? what/where did the inspiration come from? :)

xenobiologista (author)maphew2007-06-02

I once had my laundry done at a laundromat in the Philippines and they rolled up our panties like that but since it's a guy in the video that source of inspiration is a bit improbable =D

Antrozous (author)2007-06-02

Great "CHIPS" theme song!

Sgt.Waffles (author)2007-06-02

I must say, this thing REALLY works. During last weekends festivities, i used this method to clotes the chips, and it works great!

teh darkcloud (author)2007-06-01

I'm going to try this now... I think you're my new hero. xP

tsenuta (author)2007-06-01

That's so cool the music is dynomite!!!

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