I threw a bridal shower this weekend for my good friend (since 5th grade!) Jessica. We didn't really have a theme and the whole thing was pretty casual and low key. I couldn't resist the opportunity to craft a little something though so I decided I wanted to make some favors: enter countdown chocolate bars. Who doesn't want a delicious dark chocolate bar to take home with them? And I thought it would be cute to tie it all together by putting a countdown to the wedding somewhere on the bar. Here's how I did it... Supplies: good chocolate bars (make sure they have a gold or silver liner underneath the paper), 2 decorative papers, shipping tags, twine, a custom stamp kit (available here), scissors and tape.
Carefully remove the outer layer of paper from all of the chocolate bars making sure the metallic liner stays intact. Tape the loose end of the liner to make sure it's secure. Cut the paper you will use underneath so that it is wide enough to almost cover the entire bar while leaving a bit of the metallic wrapper showing on each end. Then cut the bands so they are about an inch wide. Wrap the first piece of paper around each bar securing with tape. Repeat with the contrasting band.
Use the letters from a custom stamp kit to write out the message you want on your tags. I chose "Jessie and John tie the knot in 70 days." If you don't have a customizable stamp set, I would recommend investing in one. You can customize the stamps again and again. And, I just love the imperfections that using a stamp gives you.
Lastly attach the tags to the bars by wrapping the twine around in a fun way. Done and done. Kind of fun, no?