You've asked for it, so here it is! Making your own candy wrappers is an especially easy project and doesn't require any special paper. You can make them with regular inkjet
paper or get a little fancier and use a foil or holographic paper, fuzzy paper, glow paper or even just a high resolution inkjet paper to really bring out those colors! All it takes is your graphics program, some imagination, and a glue stick! So get that sweet tooth in gear and start wrapping!
Candy bar (we used a standard 1.55 oz. chocolate bar - if you use a different size, you will have to adjust the measurements we give you to fit your bar.)
Scissors or paper trimmer
1) Open a blank page in your graphics program in landscape orientation (this will allow you to fit two wrappers to a sheet - less printing.)
2) Draw a rectangle measuring 5 1/2" high and 5 1/4" wide. Fill with your choice of color or background.
3) Draw another rectangle measuring 2 1/4" high and 5 1/4' wide with a very light grey outline and no fill. This will be the box you use to place the design for the front of
your wrapper. Center this rectangle inside the larger rectangle and then move it down so that it is 1" from the bottom of the larger rectangle. Put your photos or clipart and text into this smaller rectangle.
4) Place a text box measuring 2" high and 5" wide on the top half of your larger rectangle. Place any text you want into this box - special "ingredients" or a message
for the recipients, etc. Move this text box so that it is about 1/8" from the top edge of your wrapper. Now flip the text box upside down and from left to right (otherwise
when you wrap your bar, the text will be backwards!)
5) Print a test page on plain paper. Cut it out and wrap it around your candy bar to check for sizing and placement. Make any necessary adjustments to your file and
6) Group all the items in your wrapper and copy it. Paste or duplicate and move this wrapper right next to the first one. Remember those unprintable margins! You will be able to get the full wrapper to print if you extend it slightly past the margin line on the left of your screen (the top of the printed page). If you have part of either wrapper
extending past the margin on the right of your screen (the bottom of the printed page) you might lose some of it in the printing.
7) Print your wrappers and cut them out with a scissors or a paper trimmer. (Again, if you'll be making quite a few of these, say for party favors, it's definitely worth investing the $20 in a trimmer. It will save a ton of time and energy!)
8) Fold the wrapper over the candy bar and run a glue stick along the edge of the unprinted flap. Attach the flap with the text box over this and Voila! You're done!
See? We told you this was an easy project!
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