Making a candy bar card to mark a special occasion can be a novel and memorable way to brighten someone’s day. All it takes is a little thought and some simple materials, plus some chocolates of course. This way, your project ends up being a sweet gift as well as a greeting card.

Here is how to make your card

First think about why you want to make the card. Is it to commemorate a special birthday or anniversary? Has anyone achieved a goal? Do you want to mark the beginning (a wedding?) or the end (retirement?) of something?

With your occasion in mind, the next step is to take a trip to the local grocery store and explore the candy aisles. Look for candy bars with names that fit your theme or message. Buy your chocolates. You can choose small chocolate bars or individually wrapped chocolates, for example. You only need to be able to read the name of the treat and the candy must be a suitable size to attach to your card with pins or adhesive.

Now find some cardboard or thin Styrofoam to make the back of your card. The higher the endorsement, the easier it is for a group of people to read your message and the more chocolates you can include in your message. Make sure your backing is strong enough to support the weight of your chocolates as well.

The next step is to go home to place the chocolates in front of the computer. I spend some time thinking of ways to make a message for my friend or family member, using the chocolates to help spell out my message.

When I have a message in mind, I write it in a Word document. Then I format the font (I like Verdana) so it’s about the same size as the words on my chocolates. I leave some space between my lines of text so I can separate the words from the message when I print them. If you prefer to write your message by hand or spell it out using alphabet letters, paint, or even words cut out of magazines, you are of course welcome to do so.

After I print my message and cut out the phrases or words, I begin to pin the message to the board or backing sheet.

Estimate the medium of your message and place the words in the middle of the backing sheet. Do they fit where you want them? Can you include your chocolate words too? If everything fits, start pinning or gluing the words and chocolates to your backing sheet.

It shouldn’t take long to finish making the candy bar card once you know what you want to say.

A message idea for your Candy Bar card:

To get you started, here’s a message I composed for a Father’s Day candy bar card:

I would have to go to MARS to find a dad like you. Ever since I was a BABY (Ruth) you always TAKE 5 to PICK ME UP when I’m down. You are a TOP DECK type of dad!

I trust you will be inspired to make your own special candy bar card now, but be careful. If you are like me, there is a danger in making this type of card. It is tempting to eat the chocolates before they reach their recipient!