Elliott is turning 9! She’s requested a Chewbacca cake, so I decided to make some Chewbacca party favors as well. I’m always looking for an alternative to the usual goody bags, so I wandered craft stores and dollar stores while I brainstormed.
Eventually, I decided simple is always best. Other ideas would have been more expensive and far more time consuming. These guys came together in no time and are guaranteed to thrill the birthday girl and her friends.
- Craft fur
- Brown fabric belting or some type of brown trim about an inch wide
- Silver fabric paint
- 3/16″ or 1/4″ paintbrush
- Good fabric scissors
- Hot Glue Gun
- White chalk pencil (I’m using a map pencil!)
- Chocolate bars
Step 1: Cutting the Fur
For a usual 1.55oz chocolate bar, you’ll cut your fur into 5″x5.5″ pieces. The length of the bar is 5.5″. I cut the width to 5″ so that the edges meet but don’t overlap on the back of the bar. I didn’t want the thickness of the fur overlapping to make it lumpy-bumpy.
IMPORTANT: When cutting deep-pile fur like this, don’t use a rotary cutter. Use good, sharp, pointy fabric scissors and use tiny snipping motions. With the furry side down, cut only the backing and not the fur itself.
Step 2: Preparing the Bandolier
Cut a strip of your belting about 8″ long. Place it diagonally on your table and lay a piece of your fur right-side-down on top of it. You’ll want the belting sticking out at the top right and bottom left corners.
Step 3: Securing the Bandolier
Fold the ends of the belting to the back of the fur fabric and secure with hot glue. Take care to keep your fur laying as flat as possible as you glue your second corner.
Step 4: Wrapping the Bar
Glue one 5.5″ side of the fur to the center of the back of the bar. Repeat with the other side to finish wrapping the bar.
Step 5: Detailing the Bandolier
Using your paintbrush and fabric paint, simply paint rectangles down the sides of the bandolier. Alternate them long-short-long-short. Let the paint dry and then do the back of the bar/bandolier if desired. That’s it!