Candy Bar Favor
Making a candy bar favor that is designed especially for your favourite person is a certain way to impress. These little gifts are easy to make. You may need to do some stealthy 'research' first to find out what kind of chocolate bar your friend likes, then it's a simple matter of going to the shops to buy a chocolate bar, then you are probably going to be all set to make your favor. More instructions follow below.
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Here's what you will need:
- A chocolate bar. A flattish one works best
- Some plain cardstock and some designer series (patterned) paper
- Embellishments of your choice. I used stamps and ink and punched elements on mine but be as imaginative as you like with this
- A length of ribbon that can wrap around your chocolate bar lengthways and have tails left over to make into a bow
- A slot punch or small oval punch
- A ruler, a pencil, double-sided tape, scissors, a paper cutter, a bone folder, some deckle-edged scissors and other papercraft tools of choice such as a paper crimper
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Now let's continue on with the Candy Bar Favor instructions:
Here's what to do to make a pouch for the chocolate bar:
Using the ruler, measure 1 centimetre (1/2") from the long edge of your plain cardstock and score a line there. Then score a line half way between the newly scored line and the opposite edge of the cardstock
Decorate the plain cardstock if you wish. I used a stamping wheel and Versamark ink to apply a pretty pattern to mine
- First take a length of ribbon and measure all the way around the width of your chocolate bar, then add 2 centimetres (1") to this length. This is how wide your pouch must be. Mark your plain cardstock with this measurement
- Now use your ribbon to measure the length of the chocolate bar and add 5 centimetres (2.5") to this length. This will be the length of your pouch. Transfer this measurement to your plain cardstock. Draw lines to show where to cut the pouch out and then cut it out
Now fold the pouch along the two scored lines, smooth the folds with the bone folder and apply some double sided tape to the 1 centimetre (1/2") edge and along the bottom of the pouch so you can fix it together
If you like, crimp the bottom of the folded and adhered pouch to look like a proper packet
Punch a slot as wide as your ribbon in the middle of the top of the pouch
Here's how to make a Belly Band:
Edge your band with deckle edged scissors or scallop punch it, and ink the edges if you wish
Fold along the score lines and smooth the folds with a bone folder
- Cut a piece of designer series (patterned) paper the width of your chocolate bar and wide enough to go all around the pouch that forms the candy bar favor sleeve with 1 centimetre (1/2") to spare
- Score the belly band at the 1 centimetre (1/2") mark and measure in from that to score again where the band will fold around the pouch
Wrap the belly band around the pouch. Cut
A length of double sided tape to fix the 1 centimetre folded edge to the main part of the belly band.
Trim away any excess overhanging paper
Tie a length of ribbon around the middle of the belly band and make a bow at the front. You can continue decorating as you desire. I punched out some scallop edges circles and some plain circles and stamped a message on them, then adhered them to the pouch and belly band where I thought they looked nice
While the pouch is flat, finish decorating and writing your own message on the front of the pouch
How to insert the chocolate bar inside your Candy Bar Favor:
Insert the chocolate and the ribbon into the pouch
a length of ribbon long enough to wrap around your candy bar from
bottom to top, with about the same length as the candy bar overlapping
at the top
Thread the ribbons through the punched slots at the top of the pouch
Push the candy bar down to the bottom of the pouch snugly, then tie a bow at the top of the pouch. I included a little yellow envelope with some money in it along with the chocolate bar. Be careful not to draw the candy bar up the pouch when tying your bow
Now your Candy Bar Favor is complete!
But what if you want to give a thicker, bigger chocolate as a gift? No problem! All you need to is not choose a bar that is longer than the width of your cardstock, plus allowing a few centimetres for the bottom to be joined and the top to have a punched shape to thread your ribbon through.
Here I chose a Cadbury bar and selected a piece of plain A4 cardstock to make the slider part. I thought Elegant Eggplant went very well with the Cadbury purple
I used my Simply Scored Board (available from Stampin' Up! through my SusanSalutations online store) to add a little tab on one end of my cardstock, then I laid my chocolate bar along this line and scored another one on the other side of it, then turned my chocolate on its side and scored along the bar, then laid it flat and scored again, then stood it on its edge and scored again. I cut my A4 cardstock at the last scored line. You are effectively making a shallow box for your candy bar.
So now you have the key to make a candy bar favor, from the tiniest to pretty good-sized, for birthdays or Christmas or even special occasions like weddings. Imagine the sleeve being made out of vellum and embossed! Or glitter paper! Yes! Give one for a friend who invites you over for dinner, or just to say thank you to someone who did something lovely for you.
If you make a candy bar favor, I would love to see how you decorated it. Would you leave me a comment below and upload a picture of your own work?
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