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How To Make A Recycled Lunch Bags Mini Album

September 30th, 2010 by Avital

Lunch Bags Mini Album

It didn’t take me long to come up with another carfty recycling project. After all, making mini books and albums is much more fun then carrying all the empty boxes that arrive each week from Amazon to the recycling bin, isn’t it? (I refuse to admit I have an ACOD – ‘Amazon Compulsive Ordering Disorder’… Plus one of them boxes must be my husband’s me thinks.)


Here is another recycling project I share with you, in which I transform 5 small lunch bags and a small box into a super cute shabby mini album with room for memorabilia, ephemera, photos, hidden journaling and what not.



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Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Adhere the flap of the lunch bag, inwards, by applying adhesive just to the edges of the flap, so you create a small pocket. Fold in half and repeat with all the bags.
  2. Measure the height and width of the folded bag and cut the cover pieces to the same size out of the box, using a sharp craft knife. Don’t apply pressure on the knife, just use shallow back and forth movements with the knife until the cardboard is separated.
  3. Cover the cover pieces with patterned paper – start by applying a thin but thorough layer of Mod Podge with a foam brush. Adhere the paper onto the cardboard. Flip the piece and cut off the excess paper by using the edges of the cardboard as a straight edge for your craft knife. Lastly, apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to seal it off. Repeat on both sides of both cover pieces.
  4. Cover the inside pages of the lunch bag signatures with patterned paper, make sure you keep the flap pockets opened.
  5. Measure 1 inch above and below the center point of the edge of the cover and mark it. Punch holes through these tick marks and repeat on all pages and the back cover.

Lunch bags mini album preview


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13 Comments to “How To Make A Recycled Lunch Bags Mini Album”

  1. Great mini, so funny, I just put one away this afternoon…
    Super video and I may I compliment you on your gorgeous hands and nails 😉

    Cheers ~

  2. Rachel says:

    That is so pretty! I love your albums. You’re so awesome at this! I’ll be linking.

    • Avital says:

      Rachel, you are always so nice. Your comment today has just made my day, and I needed the pick-me-up. Thank you!

  3. Tina S. says:

    Avital, you’ve done it again! This is just darling!!! I can’t wait until next week when I’ll finally have time to scrap. I can think of so many different styles for this album. And the use of the paper lunch sacks is genius!!! Love it! And I must agree with Alexandra…your hands and nails are gorgeous. They remind me of my mother’s hands. Just lovely.

    • Avital says:

      TIna, you are so sweet. Your kindness is making me so happy, that I can’t even put it in words! I would LOVE to see your completed album.

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  5. Avi you rock. I love this so much!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Loved making this! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I gave one to my mother with some other things on Mother’s Day and she’s discovered that the large pockets make great cd storage for the occasional loose disk she has roaming around her house. Super super cute too!

    • Avital says:

      You are very welcome! Thank you for your kind words. Storing CDs in it is genius! Thanks for the idea.

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  8. Tricia says:

    Thanks for posting this easy, step by step tutorial. I love the vintage paper and the handmade, rustic look of your album.

    My plan is to make an album with my 9 year old daughter who wants to Mod Podge everything so this will be a thrilling project for her! Thanks for the idea.