I made a run to walmart to pick up a few bags of Hershey's miniatures, some ribbon and pretzel rod bags from the candy making section. I had plenty of pretty printer paper (I pick some up every time I see it at the dollar store) tape and construction paper at home.
I measured the wrappers already on the candy and got busy cutting lots of paper strips to wrap around them. I simply taped each piece on the back. I lined 5 of them up and measured for a 'tray' which I cut out of black construction paper. I folded the sides up using my ruler as a guide.
To assemble them, I slid the paper tray in the bag first then added the candy. I tied it with a silver ribbon and made tags on the printer using matching business cards I happened to have from the dollar store. (though it could have been done with the printer paper and a piece of construction paper as a background) I cut them out with scrapbooking scissors, punched a hole in the tag and tied a bow.
I am by far not the craftiest person in the county, but even I managed this one with them actually looking kinda cute! I ended up making 34 and the final cost was around $.50 each. Even if I had to buy the papers it still wouldn't have been very much more. It took me a few hours, but again...not the craftiest person. lol Someone with more skill could have done it much faster.
Everyone thought the Stars & Stripes theme was great since Pap is such a proud veteran. All in all I really liked the way they turned out, and they were a big hit at the party!
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