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I’ve got a multi-purpose craft for you today, well, multi-holiday 😉 I’ve wanted to try out making a Chocolate Egg Holder for ages after seeing some cute ones around at Christmas but thought there wasn’t really an opportunity until Easter at the earliest – that was until I came across this cute Bee design Chocolate Egg Holder and I realised that they are perfect to add a cute message to the back of the holders and give out at Valentines gifts!.
There are so many fun sayings you could add to the back of these holders to personalise them for Valentines day – I’ve gone for ‘Bee Mine!’ on the back of this one and I actually came up with a few more for different Valentines animal sayings that you can find at the bottom of the post.
Chocolate Egg Holder Tutorial
Here’s what you’ll need
- Bee Egg Holder SVG
- Card stock – I choose to use Glitter Card Stock that I got from Amazon
- Cricut Machine or other vinyl cutting machine
- Light Grip Mat
- Glue – My go-to PVA is Anitas Tacky Glue
Find a Chocolate Egg Holder SVG File
The Design Bundles shop Digital Gems has a ton of cute egg holders to choose from that cover pretty much any season or occasion you can think of! There are so many fun Easter SVG’s to scroll through on DesignBundles, if you’re anything like me you’ll end up with multiple ideas for projects before you’ve even got through the first page!
Download your files from DesignBundles
Once you have downloaded your purchased files from DesignBundles you’ll need to ‘unzip’ the file. I extract the SVG folder from the unzipped file and drag it to my desktop so that it’s easier to find.
Upload the SVG files to Design Space
Go to Design Space, open a new project so that you have a blank canvas to work on and click on the upload option in the left hand tool bar. Upload the SVG file from you Chocolate Egg Holder unzipped file (there will usually be a few different file types but we only need the SVG one) and click ‘add to project’.
Sizing your project
The files from the shop I bought from, Digital Gems on DesignBundles.net, all come pre-sized to fit a Kinder Joy egg as its a US based designed and they aren’t allowed Kinder surprises in the US but I have done some extensive research (aka I bought a selection of kinder products to make sure they are all the same size and taste equally as nice 😂) and have found that they are the same size as normal Kinder Surprise so there is not need to resize the SVG.
Organising your cut layers
Our cut layers are already nicely organised for us with this SVG so the only thing we need to do is choose if we want to use the exact same colours. I’m sticking with the colour ways on the original design becasue, well, it’s a bee – you can’t really change the colour of a bee!
Send to cut
Once you are happy with how your layers look click the Make It button in the top right hand corner of the screen and follow the directions on screen.
If you are using the draw function to personalise your chocolate egg holder then the Cricut will prompt you to add the pen into Clamp A when it gets to that step, make sure to push the pen down until it clicks into place.
I decided to use the fine liner pen to colour in my lettering afterwards as I felt like it finished off the project nicely.
Time to get gluing!
Layer up all the parts of your project and glue into place. I love using my Anitas Tacky Glue for projects like this as it dries nice and quickly and has a precision nozzle so I can run just a thin bead of glue over my projects and know it’ll stick down perfectly.
It already looks cute and we’re only half way done!
Attaching the base
The base part of this SVG has two lines scored into it which we fold to make a little platform for our chocolate egg to sit on. It needs to be glued into place at the base of both sides of your bee but before you ad the glue make sure you have checked which side is which, it’s shaped to fit the bottom of the bee so both sides are cut differently, once you’ve identified which is the right way around you can glue it in place. I use a clip or some pegs to hold it in place whilst its drying to make sure that it doesn’t move.
Securing the top
In order for our bee to hold out egg we need to attach the top of our bee together so that the body forms a pocket for the egg to sit snugly in. To do this you want to glue all the way from the antenna to around where the middle of the bees eyes are.
Because we have the base already glued into the card it will want to try and spring apart, the easiest way to hold your project together whilst it dries is with clips or pegs of some kind. I use these mini metal binder clips for EVERYTHING – holding together something that’s drying, if I’m too lazy to use pins for a hem on a sewing project, keeping small parts of a project together so they don’t get lost, they are fab and by far one of my best crafting purchases.
Add your Chocolate Egg
Once all your glue is dried you can slide your chocolate egg in through the side of the project, make sure that it sits into the hole on the stand part of the card and sits squarely within the holes in the back and front for the bee that way it won’t fall out.
Video – How to make a Chocolate Egg Holder
Personalising your Chocolate Egg Holder
I decided that I wanted to change up the Chocolate Egg Holder a bit by adding a personalised message on the back of the card. The back side of the design is blank so its the perfect space to as a written note. It’s really simple to add a ‘written’ message tot he back of your design with the Cricut Maker, let me show you how
How to write with the Cricut Maker
Click on the Text option on the left hand menu and use the box that pops up to type your chosen message. Change the font if you don’t like the default one and adjust the line height and spacing (if you need to) so that you are happy with how it is laid out.
By default any text we add to a project is set to a ‘Cut’ line type but we want to change that to the ‘draw’ line type – to do this we select our text box and go to the top menu on Design Space and select draw from the dropdown. You will see the text in your box change to reflect this.
There is another box next to the line type box that we can also change, it gives us the option to select different line thickness based on the pens we have to hand. My Circut Maker came with a 0.4 tip fine liner pen so that’s what I’ve got mine set to.
Once you have your line type all set you want to position it on your project where you want it to be drawn and then highlight all components and ‘attach’ the text to the project using the attach option in the layers toolbar on the right hand side of your canvas.
Once we go through to the Make It screen the Cricut will walk us through when to put the pen into the machine.
What weight card to use for Chocolate Egg Holders
You want a fairly sturdy card for this project as it needs to be able to stand up by itself and support the chocolate inside. The Glitter Card Stock I’m using is 230gsm but you could probably get away with around 180gsm, the design calls for layers of card so it does help to re-enforce itself slightly.
Which Cricut Mat to use?
I’m using a Light Grip Mat for this project. I had to pick up a few new mats recently as my original Cricut ones were getting a bit worn so I went for a cheaper brand that I found on Amazon that had some great reviews call Nicapa, they are fantastic and I would highly recommend them if you’re looking for replacement Cricut cutting mats,
Which cut setting to use
I had to do a bit of searching through the Cricut materials list to find a good cut setting for this project but if you go through to the cut screen and click on ‘Browse all materials’ you can then select Cardstock from the drop-down and there is a cut option for Glitter Card stock which is what I used. It uses less pressure but it makes two passes over the cut line which makes it come out lovely and crisp.
Valentines Day Animal Sayings
Just in case you get stuck for ideas of what to put on the back of your chocolate egg holders I’ve come up with a slightly cheesy but fun list, I’ve even added in links to the relevant animal SVG files on Design Bundles for you!
- Cat Chocolate Egg Holder – “You’re PURR-fect “
- Dog Chocolate Egg Holder – “You’re PAW-some”
- Monkey Chocolate Egg Holder – “I’m BANANAS for you”
- Chick Chocolate Egg Holder – “You’re my TWEET-heart”
- Frog Chocolate Egg Holder – “I’m TOAD-ally yours “
- Duck Chocolate Egg Holder – “I’m QUACK-ers about you”
- Bunny Rabbit Chocolate Egg Holder – “Some BUNNY loves you”
- Penguin Chocolate Egg Holder – “Have an ICE Valentine’s Day”
- Dinosaur Chocolate Egg Holder – “You’re DINO-mite”