Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christening Candy Bars

It's December and Christmas is seriously right around the corner. I swear it was just Halloween, when I was struggling to make a few of the projects on my ever increasing to do, make, bake, create and gotta try list.

By Thanksgiving I had this crazy idea that I would be knee deep in the holiday goodness. But because I have a million and one other things I am supposed to be doing like designing and creating things that have to do with things such as Birthdays, Babies and all things not Christmas.

I will forgo for this moment, some of the treats I have made that might warm hearts and bellies and will instead share this little gem of a favor I created for my daughter's Christening last month in the spirit of trying to get myself up to date (That is how behind I am in my posting of what I have created as of late.)

Like em'?????? Well, you can make them too...

Printable versions, you can edit yourself, can be downloaded from the printable tab located at the top of the site. Or directly from the links below...

This is what you will need:
  • Full sized Hershey Chocolate Bars
  • Wrappers (I can help you with this if you need help)
  • Foil Paper
  • Tape
  • Double sided tape.
Before I did anything I had to create the wrapper for the Chocolate bar. If you have a graphics program you can easily make one if you have a little know how. I use a free program called Page Plus which is offered free through Serif. In all honesty, I'm too cheap (the Scottish in me) to buy a program and it does what I need it to do. It' s easy enough to navigate through, but if you need help, please shoot me an e-mail and I will do my best to assist you.

The dimensions of the wrapper was as follows...Width 5.25 Inches..Height 6.00 Inches.

This is what it looks like sectioned out on the computer....

This is a screen shot so it may be a bit blurry...but you get the idea :)

As you can see from above the  wrapper is "technically" divided into three parts. The top is the back of the actual wrapper. This section should be upside down, so when it is wrapped it is positioned properly. It includes any information I choose to add such as the Date, Time, Place. I also included a list of ingredients such as; love, faith and hope. A Thank you message hovered over a Celtic Cross. (We have a little Irish, Scottish Baby.) And for a final touch the God parents names are included. You can be as creative or simple as you like as you design this.

The second part of the wrapper is the middle section which is where I included a picture and the overall color theme of the party.

The third part of the wrapper is just blank space, it is the section that the top portion will attached to, so it will be tucked underneath it all. So after you design all your wrappers, print them and cut them; it's time to get everything else ready to put it all together.

When some people make these favors they opt to not wrap the bars in foil, I personally do it, because I LOVE the way it looks when the entire chocolate bar is finished. It's a personal preference if you want to do it or not. The foil wrap can be purchased in roll form like wrapping paper or packaged in a small pack like tissue paper. It's thin like cellophane, so it's pretty easy to wrap with. BUT it is annoying to cut into perfect little squares, so if it cuts a little jagged, don't even sweat it, because the edges will disappear when you wrap the bar.

Cut the foil wrap into pieces that measure approximately 6.25 inches x 7.00 inches. You can make it bigger if you want, because it gets tough to wrap it if it's small...the larger the better, but within reason. After one or two you will know what I mean about the sizing.

Get ready to start wrapping the bars. Place the bar smack dab in the middle of the foil face down and get your double sided tape ready.

Fold one end over and attach it to the bar wrapper so it has an anchor point and won't move all around as your wrapping it. Basically from this point just wrap it and seal the edges with regular tape...you won't see it after the wrapper added, so don't worry about perfection here :)

 It will look like this when you are done...after the twentieth bar or so, you will have a whole system down :) And they will look fabulous!

With all the bars wrapped in the foil, you can add the outer wrapper. This is the easier part by far and you can knock out a bunch of them in no time. Place the wrapped bar onto the middle of the back side of the wrapper with the tape side up. (The chocolate bars have a beveled edge to them so you have to wrap them like this.)

Wrap the blank part of the wrapper around the bar, but do not tape it down, then wrap the other part AND attach it to the blank part of the wrapper. The reason you don't want to tape it to the foil part of the bar, is because then it is stuck and you can't shift it or straighten it out if you need to. This way it can slide around the bar if you need to adjust it.

And after the first one...keep wrapping them until you have all that you need!

People always love these and they have such a personal touch to them! And ultimately you can customize these to any type of occasion or event that you might need them for, not just for a christening!

Hope you enjoyed this! If you have any questions or just want to say hello, please feel free to leave a comment  below to let me know you were here!