Because of Pinterest the candy bar rebus seems to be a new phenomenon, but I remember my mom making these when I was a kid (which, admittedly, was a long time ago). Not only using candy bars, but household cleaning items or food products, she would make fun and creative gifts for baby or wedding showers, birthdays, or graduation. This year I decided to make one for a special young man for his high school graduation. Because he is a world class athlete and is in continuous training, I didn’t want to focus on candy–a cruel and unusual punishment for anyone focused on physical training. So besides the candy, I also included gift cards and school supplies.
Though I usually have an idea of what I want to say based on the occasion, I usually just
head to the local CVS (they have the best variety of individually-sold candy) and pick up a bunch of different kinds of candy and use them to write a rough draft of my story before digging out my markers. I kind of let the candy lead the direction my story goes. Though it may be tempting to just find a story on Pinterest and copy it, I think it’s really important to personalize the story. Who is this gift for? What are his likes and interests? Use what you know to write the perfect story for your situation.
For this project I used foam core boards I picked up at Target and needed three for the story I wrote. The boards I chose had faint graph lines which made it easier to keep my lines straight. I bought packs of pens, 4 gift cards, and about a dozen candy bars. I used Scotch brand Restickable Adhesive to affix the items to the foam boards. Double-sided tape works well, too, but I would not recommend regular tape or glue.
Here’s the card I made for my graduate–with identifying information removed. I hope he liked it at least as much as I enjoyed making it.
This is a fun project to make and an extra fun project to receive. This would be a great gift for your graduate or for Father’s Day.
A perfect gift — candy, gift cards, and school supplies! What could be better?