How to Make a Candy Card for a Birthday

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Create a candy birthday card for someone special decorated with individually wrapped candies. This is an excellent project for children and adults that requires only a few materials and is sure to be a big hit. Consider using candies with holiday themes if the birthday falls in a month with a holiday such as Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving. A little imagination will go a long way to brighten someone’s birthday and put a smile on his face.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Paper cutter
  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Markers or calligraphy pen
  • Large envelope
  • Purchase colored card stock at a craft shop or office supply store in 8-1/2-by-11-inch packs. Also purchase bags of assorted individually wrapped candies at the supermarket or candy store. These can include Kisses, Three Musketeers, Butterfingers, Snickers, Sweet Tarts and fruit-flavored, heart-shaped and round lollipops.

  • Cut a sheet of the paper into a 7-by-10-inch piece and fold it in half to make a 7-by-5-inch blank card.

  • Use markers or a calligraphy pen to write "Happy Birthday" or "To Make Your Special Day Extra Sweet!" or other greeting on the front of the card. Leave blank spaces around the words to attach candy pieces.

  • Arrange a variety of wrapped candies, chocolate and lollipops on the card around the words and attach them with dabs of hot glue. The card will become a little heavy with all the candy.

  • Inside the card, use a marker or calligraphy pen to write a birthday greeting such as, "Sending you special birthday wishes," or "Just wanted you to know how sweet I think you are--Happy Birthday."

  • Since the card is heavy with candy attached, use a large envelope (5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches) to put the candy card in. If hand-delivering the candy birthday card, write the person's name on the envelope and hot glue on one or two pieces of candy on it as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • If children are participating in making candy birthday cards, let them choose candies to decorate the cards.
  • Peel-and-stick images or puffy stickers of candy can also be used to decorate the cards.
  • If preferred, packs of blank cards with envelopes are available at craft and office supply stores. They are not as inexpensive as making them yourself.
  • Ask stationery stores if they have leftover envelopes they might like to sell you for a few cents each. Otherwise, packs are available at office supply stores.
  • Only adults should use the hot glue gun.

References

  • Photo Credit Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com
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