Thursday, January 31, 2013

Flashback: Pull Tab in Case of Chocolate Emergency

With everyone looking for Valentine's inspiration, I thought I would share one of my most popular posts from last year, my "Pull Tab in Case of [Chocolate] Emergency.

Beware:  This craft is addictive. 
You will find yourself creating these altered juice cans for many occasions! 
[Don't say I didn't warn you.]   
crafts with hershey kisses
While a bag of chocolates sits in the pantry, package torn open, ever so slightly, it is just too easy to sneak a piece here, nab one there, a few later...until the next time, when you find the bag is completely void of any chocolate remains except for the slight aroma of cocoa.

"Who ate the last piece of chocolate?" she screamed, echoing down the long carpet-less hallway. "Not me!" replied Thing 1. "Not I," yelled Thing 2. The dog? Thankfully, not. That could only leave one suspect: "Yes, I confess, Mommy stole the last of the wonderfully decadent chocolate kisses once again." [Sigh] 

Where is the willpower?   Sadly, I have none. 
What's this girl to do?
Answer: Create an altered art project.
Thanks to Erin at Making Memories, this project fits the bill.

All you need is a [small] can with a pull tab, a can opener
and an UNOPENED bag of chocolate.
[The blueberry muffin is optional. It tastes good with the juice.]
The first thing to do is turn the can upside down. 
Using a can opener that doesn't leave ragged edges, carefully open the
bottom end of can and set aside.
Drink the contents.
Gather fun scrapbook paper and embellishments with a chocolate theme. 
For this project, I also used a tag punch, twine, stamps and a sticker.
Measure the circumference and length of the can,
adding 1/2" to circumference, allowing for overlap.
Cut paper and adhere to can. Add additional paper if desired.
[I like polka dots.]
Punch tag shape from solid cardstock. Stamp chocolate sentiment on tag. 
This one reads,
"CHOCOLATE: It's not just for breakfast."
Tie onto pull tab. I used twine cord.
cute handmade gift ideas using candy
Using your computer, type and print
"Directions: In case of sudden chocolate craving, pull tab."
onto cardstock. Cut out and adhere to can.
Add additional embellishments. I added a sticker and ric-rac.
Seal paper with Mod Podge.

This is the difficult part: 
Open bag of chocolate kisses [or chocolate of choice], and fill can to top.
Do NOT [let anyone see you] eat any chocolate during this step.
Using hot glue gun [Since my original post, I found that a thin layer of Mod Podge on both surfaces actually works better], adhere bottom end back to can. 
That's it! 
Only you and I will know how you got the chocolate in there! 
This makes a great gift, don't you think?
Valentine's gifts
I might keep it on my own desk
for emergency chocolate cravings....just in case.
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  1. I LOVE this!! Everything about it is wonderful, right down to the "Chocolate: It's not just for breakfast." teehee!! :) ... I'd sooo be pulling the tab right now! ;*) Pinning, thanks for sharing!!


  2. My favorite novice craft!! This is so fun and easy, and a great little gift.

  3. So cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Also, don't miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there!

  4. Oh, such a cute idea! Thanks for linking up @ & hope to see you again this week! Theresa

  5. Love this project! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up and let you know you have been featured at One More Time


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