As many of you know, we here at APW believe that you don’t need to give your guests favors. Meg is perhaps a tad militant about it. But I have a dirty secret. I love wedding favors. Maybe it’s because I spent a good deal of time at my grandmother’s house growing up, where anything that could have been obtained for free was (individual sugar packets from McDonalds, those mini jars of honey and jam from hotels, travel shampoos, you name it), so when I see something small and there are lots of them, I have a compulsion to take them. All of them. I guess maybe it’s less that I like favors, and more that I’m sort of a magpie favor kleptomaniac. In any case…
It’s extra special for me when those favors are food. Because there’s nothing better than the midnight drunken dig through your purse for a post-wedding snack and coming up with a chocolate bar or a bag of Jordan almonds with your friends’ names on them. Double points if the chocolate is good chocolate. In fact, one time (after perhaps too much tequila at a friend’s wedding) I spent twenty minutes crouched down near the favor table, sneaking leftover marshmallow favors away for me and the four-year-old girl who was my new best friend, doling them out “two for me, one for you” style. (When I got up off the floor after favor reconnaissance mission, someone let me hold their baby while they went to the bathroom. I’m very responsible, FYI.)
So today’s downloadable from longtime APW sponsor A Printable Press is dedicated to my love of the edible favor. Plus, let’s be real. These are way prettier than anything you can get from those 1000favor.com type of places (and a whole lot cheaper. Which means, you can do the good chocolate. And in case you were wondering if that’s worth it, please see the above). Now for instructions!
- Chocolate Bar*
- X-Acto Knife or Scissors
- Ruler or Straight Edge
- Double-Sided Tape
First, you’ll want to pop over to A Printable Press to download the chocolate bar wrapper template (when you download the template, make sure you’re using Adobe Reader, and not your browser’s PDF viewer, or else you won’t be able to customize the template properly). Once the design is downloaded, you can customize your chocolate bar wrapper by clicking inside the space where names and dates go, and add your name and the date of your event to the design (or write something else entirely like, “Eat This Chocolate When You’re Tipsy in the Hotel, Maddie.” Though on second though, that might not fit. But the point stands, the space is yours to do with what you will.)
Next cut your design using an X-Acto knife and a straight edge, taking advantage of the markings Kimi included as a cutting guide. Then unwrap just the outer wrapper of your chocolate bar (leaving the foil) and place a piece of double-stick tape on the top side of the chocolate bar. Next, center your design on top of the chocolate bar and adhere it to the double-stick tape.
After your label is stuck down, you’ll want to fold the sides of the label around the chocolate bar and pinch the edges to give the label its shape (this helps with the next step). Next, flip the chocolate bar over (with the label attached) and place a piece of double-stick tape inside the label and on the foil wrapper as shown above. Then fold the side of the label that doesn’t have any tape on it first (it’ll stick to the piece of tape on the foil), and fold the side of your label with tape on top of that to stick everything together.
Ta-da! This is a super easy project that you can do while catching up on Pretty Little Liars. When you’re done putting your chocolate bars together, you can even send them all to me and I’ll tell you how you did. Can’t promise you’ll get them back though.
* This design was made for the shape of fancy-ish chocolate (Kimi used Green & Black’s), but I bet you could cut it down to size after it’s printed if you wanted to)
Photos by: Kimi of A Printable Press (APW Sponsor)