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Personalized Chocolate Candy Bar Wrappers Make Special Gifts
Turn a Quality Candy Bar into a Personalized Gift by Creating a Custom Wrapper
When it comes to gifts, quality chocolate is nearly always a winner. Today, happily, good chocolate is easy to come by. If it is dressed to the nines, however, the gift rises above the commonplace. It can become a meaningful personal message to the recipient.
Making a wrapper for a candy bar is simple, but best of all, it is easy to create them in designs that speak care, consideration and love for others on almost every occasion. Get a grasp of the basic construction and you have a blueprint for beautifully conveying your greeting in a gift that can be used as a card.
(See 2013 Christmas designs below.)
Household Supplies are all You Need
None of the fancy craft equipment marketed for card making or scrap book projects is needed. All that is necessary is what most households already have on hand:
– Chocolate Bar
• Fairly common chocolate bars that are good quality include Ghirardelli, Lindt, Scharffen Berger, and Cadbury. However, I go for all natural/organic because I take a daily dose of approximately 70% dark chocolate. Chocolove is my current in house stock but, given a particular sale, you might find Green & Black’s or another in my pantry.
• Any paper can be used, from plain white that you draw an original design on to decorative prints from a craft store, from gift wrap to a magazine photo. Don’t dismiss the usefulness of any paper as you think your project through. Note that I used embellishments from old cards and envelopes.
• A simple ruler can be a help, but it is not absolutely necessary. Measuring is obvious, yet you can estimate what you need for this project and come close enough. A ruler can help you make crisp folds, but you don’t have to make them too crisp.
• Scissors should be good craft scissor--remember not to use your sewing scissors on paper! Small scissors might help with some of the design work, but I did not need them for the examples below. The decorative edged scissors can be helpful, but in the posted examples you will see a decorative edge done with regular scissors.
• Any kind of paper glue works. I used a quality glue stick, but glue dots, a low heat glue gun, or even white liquid glue can do the job. It would be possible to use a quality double-sided tape if that’s all you have available.
• Most people have felt-tipped markers handy, but even a regular writing penwould do the job. Any pen that works with the paper you decided to use is a perfect choice. A variety of colors is nice, but not required.
See the how-to photos below and consider these tips:
* Check the captions in the photos for details on how to make a personalized chocolate wrapper.
* Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below if the directions are not clear.
* Be sure to see the three examples posted below.
• Don't miss the updated Christmas wrappers for chocolate bars below and come back to see future examples.
Update: Christmas Ideas Located Below
Three Chocolate Candy Bar Wrapper Examples
The first of these three is the one from the how-to photos above. It is the "commonest" of these examples for I used printer paper, embellishments from old cards, plain velum, and plain scissors to cut the decorative edges. Simple but happy, don't you think?
In the second example I used card stock and leftover scrapbook papers for the basic design. There are three tags with a message/greeting on each one. These wrappers could have as many tags as you wanted to make. I even considered making a fold-out message tag.
The last example was created with card stock and a leaf shaped decorative paper that coordinates with an embellishment from an old card. The message is on a piece of striped velum. The bright botanical theme is a winner, yes?
Once you have some experience with making the candy bar wrappers you may want to design a template for your favorite sized bar. You could use it to make up the major components of wrappers in your spare time and have them on hand for those busy or last minute gifts that seem to come up so unexpectedly.
They can be designed for any holiday, they make fine extras for a box of birthday goodies, they would be delightful helloes at family reunions, and are so nice for those times when you just want someone to know that you are thinking about them. Have fun designing your wrappers and consider writing a hub to show off your designs!
Will you use this hub's tutorial to make chocolate candy bar wrappers?
Take a Look at Candy Bar Wrappers for the HolidaysClick thumbnail to view full-size
Candy Wrapper Ideas Themed for Christmas
Old sayings like “it’s not what you say, but how you say it” and “first impressions are lasting impressions” apply to gift wrapping. A present does not have to be expensive to be meaningful, but either way, the presentation can speak volumes.
This update on wrapping chocolate bars to use as gifts during the Christmas season came up when a last minute holiday gathering came together in our neighborhood. Decorative paper is plentiful this time of year and using up bits and pieces by folding and taping them in layers would be fun stuff.
Try some angles layered over papers you wouldn't ordinarily use together. Be sure and incorporate both sides of double printed papers into the designs. Also, think outside the box and mix up patterns in coordinating colors. Surprise yourself with daring combinations and finish them off with cheerful bows that are oversized, fluffier than necessary, or so curly that they dance.
My little collection shown at the right evolved into a pretty little assortment and I'll probably be making more by the weekend. I hope you can look closely at the bows--simple, but festive! All sorts of embellishments could be added. A jingle bell tied to the center of the silver packages was the first that came to mind.
Let your the creative side of your brain think about the person you will be giving quality chocolate to and use their personality as a guide for your own designs. Whatever ideas you come up with, have fun using up all your extra pieces of wrapping paper and ribbon. Then make a cup of coffee and treat yourself to a daily dose of good chocolate!
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Beneficial Chocolate Information:
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