Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Christmas at Doodlebug - Day 5 with Kathy

Hi Doodlebugs! Kathy Martin here today with a crafty gift tutorial to help with those hard to shop for peeps on your Christmas list. I had always heard that older boys are difficult to shop for but I didn't realize just how much until this year while brainstorming gift ideas for our 11 year old son. Oh boy! I don't want to buy stuff just to have something under the tree and I don't like how boring and impersonal money can be so how about making cash fun to receive by pairing it with candy? You can even throw in a gift card or two for variety.

For today's tutorial I'm going to show you how to make candy bar wrappers for Hershey bars using Doodlebug Design's North Pole collection. I started off cutting some white card stock into 5.5" by 6" pieces, one for each bar. You could also use patterned paper.

Next, you score your card stock using the measurements shown in the photo below.

Once your score marks are made fold your card stock and seal with a piece of double stick tape. Now your bar is like a blank canvas, ready to decorate!

I started accenting my Hershey bars by adding a Fancy Frills scalloped border sticker and a strip of striped patterned paper above that.

Next, I added three tags. Two were ready made Cute Cuts and one was created with a die. If you like texture and detail, laying is a great way to achieve that. Hint: To keep each tag from laying flat against the next, add a little pop dot in between them.

Now have some fun attaching the tags with some bits and baubles. I used Doodle Twine, a Button Boutique button and a jingle bell.

Now that your candy bar is festively decorated, tuck in some cash and place in a container.

I used this pretty red metal bucket purchased from Target's dollar spot. You can decorate your bucket with more tags, twine, buttons and jingle bells to match.

I hope this gift idea has helped you cross off a few names on your Christmas list and gives you more time to kick up your feet, sip some cocoa and relax in front of the tree. Merry Christmas!

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  1. Kathy, your pail is so cute! I think you just help me solve my quest for my brother in laws gift! Great idea, thanks!

  2. Cute idea! I think I will be using this for part of a gift this year. We always do a family gift exchange and I am stumped at what to get my brother-in-law, too. He will get a cute tin atop his case of Mt. Dew [per his request]. :)

  3. Ca-ute! I love that you used your score board to make the wrapping. No wonky papers!

  4. You ladies never let me down!!! With a 17 yo son and 14 yo daughter who do not have many "wants" at this time so just want gift cards and cash this post couldn't have come at a better time!!!!

  5. You can TOTALLY send me one of these candy bars. LOL. Super cute.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  6. they are lovely Cathy. My brother in Australia loves Hershey bars I might have to send him a dressed up one now!

  7. Cute idea! Those look scrumptious!

  8. It's so good to think simple and I know that a full-size candy bar would be tons of fun for those older kids! Way to make it more personal and fun, Kathy! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. great gift wrap suggestions and ideals...
    ava g

  10. Thanks for sharing. It will be fun to make the bar covers.

  11. Thanks for sharing. It will be fun to make the bar covers.

  12. thanks for the tutorial.
    and thanks for being a sponsor at SCT.

  13. Such a great idea - and fun covers!! :)

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