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!
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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.
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Awesome instructable and very wittingly labelled!
handprints5 years ago
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?
DELTAWOLF057 years ago
THIS ROCKS!!! it works great, NO MORE STALE CHIPSS!!!!!!!!! thank you dude
lisabe7 years ago
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?
jtolentino8 years ago
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?
I have that problem too. :( Especially with cereal.
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
or even simpler...scissors!
radiobath7 years ago
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.
darus677 years ago
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.
Loved it. The video, the theme, the climactic and triumphant ending. Absolutely brilliant. I smell an Oscar!
jimmyb0nz7 years ago
Erika7 years ago
I just tried this technique on a bag of pretzel sticks! It works! Absolutely BRILLIANT!!
Very useful, kinda happy I don't really eat chips... but I'm sure I know some people who would love this technique, thanks!
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 :)
lollykins7 years ago
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....!
VRS7 years ago
wow, why haven't I done this before!
I'm cheap - I use clothes pins.
chloedactyl7 years ago
Love it. So very simple. Yet so very very useful.
foodie28 years ago
pretty cool. I also use SEALERZ resealable tape tabs. Get em on ebay. They look so much better than ugly chip clips.
OffDisplay8 years ago
That's just like the non-zip sandwich bags! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?! Genius.
scout8 years ago
great instructable! Now al my problems have been solved!
chuCraft8 years ago
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.
Toupee8 years ago
That music is hilarious. Can you PLEASE tell me what it's from? Great video.
I almost had to ask my brother how to do this, it was so hard! :-)
thats just freekin awsome!!!!!!!!!!!
diggety28 years ago
Lovely idea! Very appropriate music to accompany too. :) At first, the glue gun scared me.
3orangefish8 years ago
just like rolling socks :o
ccddkkuu8 years ago
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.
ha! like a pair of socks. music track is too funny!!
Fenwick8 years ago
I love the music. A video is worth 25 thousand words per second, and it definitely helps for "the tricky part".
slasinski8 years ago
I b posting dis on metacafe and make $!
Very Clever.
Lindie8 years ago
Great idea, thanks!
uzerzero8 years ago
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.
rgesthuizen8 years ago
Fascinating and sooo easy to do. Thanks for sharing this as a video :-)
man i wish youtube worked on school computers
flywoodkb (author)  ich bin ein pyro8 years ago
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
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