I recently made some decorated candy bars for Christmas to donate to an organization that was collecting them to pass out to kids in need and senior citizens. I've never decorated candy bars before so it was fun to create something different than what I usually do. My goal was to just use craft supplies that I had on hand and not buy anything but the candy bars. I pretty much kept to that goal but ended up buying some Hershey's kisses for the reindeer's noses. This post is mainly just for ideas and inspiration, not a step by step tutorial, but I will share a few tips on how I made some of the creations.
The photo above shows most of the supplies I used. I used just basic Elmer's glue to glue everything together. The paper I used for the reindeer was a tube of brown kraft paper that I use to wrap packages to ship. The paper I used for the santas and snowmen was a tube of white paper that is to wrap packages in too.
The reindeer, Santa and short snowmen were all make out of Kit Kat bars.
The longer snowmen were made out of Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream candy bars.
I love how these Santas turned out! They feel like a craft that I would have made in grade school!
For the Santa hat I unrolled a cotton ball (not sure all cotton balls are made this way) to use for the Santa hat fur bottom and some leftover pieces of cotton ball rolled up for the ball on top of the hat. For the beard I cut full sized cotton balls into slices with a scissors.
The reindeers were really fun to make! I came up with the idea to use a red Hershey's kiss for that famous reindeers nose. So you get a little bonus chocolate with the reindeer nose! For the antlers I made a template to print onto construction paper and cut out a bunch of them. I've included a pdf antler template for you to use if you would like to print the template onto construction paper. I've always had success running construction paper through my printer. I've made the template in 2 sizes...one for the reg construction paper size of 9 x 12 and regular 8.5 x 11 size paper. If using the 9x12 size make sure your printer is set up for that size. On my printer I had to make it a custom size in order to print it out correctly. Click here for 9 x 12 template and click here for 8.5 x 11 template.
This is probably obvious how to attach the paper wrapper for the body or face but what I did was attach the underside with a little piece of tape to the back side of the candy bar to secure it and then wrap it around the candy bar and attach with one or two pieces of tape.
The snowmen are a great way to use up small scraps of construction paper.