Thursday, July 7, 2011

FREE Chocolate Bar Slider Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you instructions on making a chocolate bar slider, with gift card slider. Just so you know, I certainly wasn't the creator of the slider idea, it's been around for a long time, but I have adapted it for many different shapes and sizes of candy boxes. The measurements below will fit a Lindt chocolate bar, but once you have put one together, I think you will find it easy enough to adapt to any size as well. Hope you enjoy!

Do you recognize this card? It's an altered layout from an old SU! sample, we made 3x3's of this card at an open house I had here last year!

The "gift card slider" attached to the front of the chocolate bar slider is sized so that it fits a standard credit card sized gift card. It also fits Canadian or American bills when folded into fourths!

The main body is an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of CS, scored at 1", 1 3/8", 5", and 5 3/8". The pencilled centre part indicates the size of DSP you would use for this size slider (3 3/8" x 7 1/2") Apply sticky strip where the red marks are, on the right edge and all across the bottom. Sorry the image is so light! My scoring measurements above are correct, so you can trust me and just wing it with an 8 1/2" square sheet of CS if you can't see the diagram below ;0)

After everything is scored and taped, wrap the left and right edges around, and seal, leaving the bottom open for the moment. Then squeeze the bottom closed in the CENTRE and work your way to the left and right edge so that it is flat. Both sides should look like the one on the right below, I didn't do the left edge in this photo, to highlight the difference.

Once both sides are squeezed flat, put the bottom inch through a crimper to give it that appearance. Apply your DSP now (3 3/8" x 7 1/2"), before you add the gift card slider to the front.

Below is the gift card slider measurements. It is definitely shown not to size. Start with a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of CS, and score at 1/2", 5/8", 2 7/8", and 3". Turn CS 45 degrees clockwise so bottom is at left side of your score tool. Score again at 1/2" and 5/8". The pencilled centre is showing the size of DSP to use (2 1/8" x 2 3/4"). Cut out the bottom left and right corners as shown (my left corner has been cut out in sample, my right corner has not yet been cut out). Apply sticky strip to 3 sides (where red lines are) and fold box to adhere to chocolate bar slider box. I found it easiest to decorate the front prior to taping it and adhering to the box.

So here's the coolest part of this slider. When you put one together and pull the chocolate bar out, you will be amazed! To get the smooth magical removal of the bar, follow these steps. After punching holes in the front centre of BOTH sliders, thread the ribbon through the holes (23" ribbon for the chocolate bar part, 11" ribbon for the gift card part)

With the ribbon poking out the the hole in the FRONT of the slider, lay the chocolate bar (or gift card) ON the ribbon, so that the rest of the ribbon is behind the chocolate bar (or gift card). Hold the front piece of ribbon and push the chocolate bar down into the slider, so that the ribbon is going inside the slider, but down around the chocolate bar and then up the backside of the chocolate bar. The two ends should now be poking out the top, the front through the hole, and the bottom is sandwiched between the chocolate bar and the inside back of the slider. Tie a knot fairly firmly next to the top of the chocolate bar. Start to pull your chocolate out by pulling gently on the knot of the ribbon, and you'll see the magic! Now follow all those steps again for the gift card part.

I hope this all made sense, and you enjoy creating your own sliders! I'd love to see your samples, so please leave me a link to a photo of one of your own sliders in the comments below so I can check out your creation!

Have a great day everyone!!!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the handy template & instructions, Robbyn ... I'll get a lot of use from this project! Love your colour combo and the way you embellished it too!