I’ve always been a fan of DIY party favors and souvenirs. They’re fun to do and more friendly on the budget. It’s difficult to decide what party souvenir to choose with the vast selections available in the internet. First thing to consider, they have to be useful (or tasty) – like chocolates! Oh yes, you can’t go wrong with them. Kids and adults love them.
Last April, I made my daughter’s baptism souvenirs out of Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. I wanted to do this for our wedding last 2012 but I had limited time. With a few weeks preparation, here’s what I came up with.
Things you will need:
1. Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates
2. 3/4 inch circle puncher
3. Personalized printed stickers
4. Pouches or clear containers
6. Personalized souvenir tags
Step 1: Print personalized stickers and tags
Before printing your stickers, consider your party theme. In my case, I was leaning towards pink cute owls and added pale green patterns. I also included our housemate’s water color art work of Luthien. And of course, labels of the occasion is necessary.
Step 2: Punch away!
Why 3/4 inch circle puncher? Because it fits Hershey’s chocolates perfectly. Finding this in the metro requires a little effort. These are not available in National Bookstore. I tried a few craft store in Facebook but to no avail. Luckily, I came across Lasting Impressions. I got a Marvy puncher for around P700.00 + delivery fee of 50 bucks. If you are planning to make these often, the investment is worth it.
It’s pretty simple to use. It’s just a regular puncher but with a larger hole. What’s tricky when working with sticker sheets, adhesive tends to stick in the puncher making it difficult to use. I had to clean the puncher metals with cotton buds and alcohol after every sheet.
Step 3: Stick ’em
When done with your stickers, open your bag of chocolates, peel your stickers (not your chocolates!) and stick them to the base. Yes, every single one of them. There’s no special trick in doing this, only refrain from having a piece while working.
Chocolate Tip: To save more, we bought the chocolates from Cash n Carry in Makati. The 1.3 kg bag costs around P600 to P640. Better look around for cheaper deals. If you consider 6 pieces per pouch, you can create around 40 pieces of souvenirs. I bought two bags, 5% of which were eaten by yours truly.
Step 4: Wrap it up!
Put around 6 chocolates (or more) in a pouch or clear container, attach the tag in the ribbon, tie it nicely and it’s done. The chocolates will look better in acetate containers or clear bottles, although you have to shell out a little more for those.
Step 5: Store properly
If the occasion is a few days or weeks ahead, make sure your chocolates are sealed. I used plastic containers so the labels are not ruined. Store them in a cool dry place but never ever refrigerate. The moist will ruin the sticker prints.
Important: It’s a challenge to do this souvenir on a summer. The chocolates are likely to soften if the temperature is too hot. But if your room or storage is continuously on AC, then you have nothing to worry about.
All in all, it was fun to do something like this. It sure has a lot of room for improvement. But what matters is you enjoyed doing it, and your guest’s will enjoy eating them.