Saturday, 3 December 2011

How To: Chocolate Coin Christmas Cards & Gift Tags

Chocolate coins are a vital ingredient for Christmas in my house. No Christmas stocking was complete without them when I was a kid and I still can't resist them now I'm officially a "grown up".

I love using the shiny foil wrappings of the coins for Christmas craft projects and thought I'd share a couple of easy ways to include them in your gift giving this holiday. These are quick and easy projects - great for a relaxing afternoon watching Christmas movies, or for getting the whole family involved in some festive crafting.

First up: carefully remove the foil from your chocolate coins, and eat the chocolate! (Yum)

Then, gently wash the foil pieces in some warm soapy water, and leave them to dry.

Carefully fold down the edges of each foil piece, a little bit at a time so you end up with a flat circle of foil.

Now you should have a stash of gold (or silver) foil discs you can stick to stuff!

You can either use craft glue (a glue stick or PVA glue) or pieces of double-sided sticky tape to hold the coins in place.

Make fun Christmas cards by sticking lots of the coin halves to card blanks...

... I made lots of these for my friends a couple of years ago and they were a big hit! You could use any arrangement you fancy, and any colour card but I think they look particularly fab on black card. I bought a pack of A4 sheets of black card, and cut and folded them to size to make my cards, and then wrote my message inside with a gold gel pen.

You could also stick one or two of the discs to plain tags....

... I like the contrast of simple brown paper and a bit of "bling" so I'd probably use brown kraft paper to wrap my gifts, some shiny gold curling ribbon to decorate them and then use a brown luggage tag decorated with the chocolate coin foil as a tag.

You can use ready-made plain tags from the stationery store, or make your own with card, a hole punch and some yarn or pretty string.

Finally, if you feel a bit mean about eating all the coins for yourself and not sharing them with your gift recipients, you can include whole chocolate coins in your gift-wrapping so your recipient gets an extra tasty treat as well as their present.

Pop a couple of the chocolate coins into a mini glassine envelope (making sure you leave enough room in the top of the envelope for the next step).

Then fold the top of the envelope over, and punch a hole through all the layers. Thread a bit of yarn or pretty string (I used red and white bakers twine) through the hole and tie a knot to secure it.

You could use this as a gift topper in addition to a tag, or write your message / the recipient's name on a sticker and stick it to the back of the envelope.

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Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Great ideas - thanks for sharing!

Moois van mie said...

i especially like step no 1 ;)

Laura said...

I like it! Especially eating the chocolate part. :) And because I'm from Canada (and love things British) I like that you have pounds & pence on your chocolate coins.

Gill said...

A great idea! Especially as it means I'll have to buy some chocolate coins and eat them!!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Yes, this may be one of my all time favourite festive craft projects simply because of the necessity of eating all that chocolate first!

It was quite funny having "eat some chocolate coins" on my To Do list the day I was working on this tutorial :D

Anonymous said...

Got to love any craft that starts with eating chocolate!

Michelle said...

Purchased...5 bags of coins!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Yay, have fun Michelle! :)