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St. Patrick’s Day Hershey’s Kisses

by: Chica

St. Patrick’s Day Hershey’s Kisses
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Jo and I were talking about Hershey’s Kisses the other day and wondering why they don’t come in green foil around St. Patrick’s Day. This seemed like even more of a travesty when we realized that those little kisses would go so well with the most common St. Patrick’s Day phrase there is — “Kiss me, I’m Irish”. And with that, inspiration was born, and I decided to make my own.

The first thing I did was design some tags. You can download our free “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tags and labels to create and decorate your St. Patrick’s Day Hershey’s Kisses.

The most important part of a Hershey’s Kiss is the little paper flag, so let’s make our own with the phrase “Kiss me, I’m Irish” printed right on it. To be authentic, we want to use tissue paper, but tissue paper is too thin to put in your printer. So I came up with a clever method for printing on tissue paper!

Cut a piece of tissue paper to around 12″ x 15″ and put a piece of regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper on it.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Then start folding over the edges and taping them down, wrapping the tissue around the back of the paper.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

When you get to the corners, be sure to fold the tip under and tape it down so that the edges of the paper are nice and smooth. Otherwise, they might get caught up in the printer, and nobody wants that.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Make sure you tape down all the edges so that it’s smooth.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Flip it over and now you’ve got a perfect sheet of tissue paper that’s ready for the printer!

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Then print the flags from our template right onto your new sheet of tissue.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Now for the only part of this project that is kind of annoying — you’ve got to cut out all those little flags. I found it easiest to cut the tissue while it was still taped to the paper, because it kept it stable so it didn’t fly around all over the place. I also found that a paper trimmer didn’t work well, but just shredded the tissue, so you’re going to have to do this by hand with scissors.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

It’ll be worth it, though, because just look at those adorable little flags!

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Next up, you need some green foil candy wrappers.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

The ideal size you want is 2.5″ x 2.5″, since that’s how big the original Kiss wrappers are. If your wrappers are too big (like mine were), just made a little cardboard template and use that as a guide to cut them down to size.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Now for the fun part – wrapping the candy! Start by putting one piece of foil, green side down, on the table. Add one of your flags so that it’s half inside the foil and half out. Then place an unwrapped Kiss in the center of the foil, on the end of the flag.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Then just wrap the foil up around the candy and press it firmly around the contours of the Kiss.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Aren’t they adorable? Oh, just imagine the possibilities of custom Hershey’s Kisses!

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

These St. Patrick’s Day kisses are pretty awesome as they are, but to take them over the top, I decided to package them up so that I could give them as gifts. I came up with three fun ways to package them, and I’m going to show you all three.

The first two methods depend on an unusual item, a quarter size plastic coin tube.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

These tubes just so happen to be the perfect size to hold three Hershey’s Kisses. If you want to make a lot of these, you may want to look at buying them in bulk.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

These little tubes need some decoration, though, so my first packaging idea involves adding adhesive labels. To make these, print our template onto a sheet of sticker paper, then just cut them out and add them to the sides of the tubes.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

custom St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

My second idea was to add a tag to the tube. To do this, I printed the tags from our template onto white cardstock and cut them out. Then I punch a hole in the end of each one, right in the middle of the shamrock.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Then I just used some coordinating ribbon to tie the tags onto the tubes. So cute!

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

custom St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

In case you want to give someone more than three kisses, try my final packaging idea to create St. Patrick’s Day treat bags with cute toppers. To do this, print the bag tags from our template onto white cardstock, cut the toppers out, and fold them down the middle.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

These toppers are sized to work perfectly with 3-3/4″ clear treat bags, but you could also use 4″ wide bags if that’s what you have. Add about a dozen kisses to the bag, fold the top over an inch or so, and slide the cardstock topper over the fold.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

Secure the topper on both sides with a staple, and you’re all set.

St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

custom St. Patrick's Day Hershey's Kisses

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your friends or an easy and unique favor for your kids to share with your classmates, I hope you’ll give these St. Patrick’s Day kisses a try. They’re so cute I almost don’t want to eat them!

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25 comments so far:

  • 1
    Susan 02/26/2012 at 3:28 pm

    These are so cute! Even though I’m Polish, I’ll have to make some of these up for my granddaughters. I know they’ll love them!

  • 2
    Melissa 02/26/2012 at 7:25 pm

    I am going to make these. They are adorable! Great Idea!

  • 3
    Becca 02/26/2012 at 8:56 pm

    I love these. Would be awesome for custom wedding color favors, too. I know customized M&Ms are popular, but they are far too expensive. You ladies are super smart.

  • 4
    cathy 02/26/2012 at 10:32 pm

    I went to check on Amazon, and I found that they DO sell Hershey’s Kisses wrapped in green foil! But they don’t have your awesome customized “Kiss me, I’m Irish” tag! I’m using your cute printables to wrap these green kisses up — thanks so much!

  • 5
    Chica 02/27/2012 at 6:48 am

    Susan, all is fair when it comes to candy!

    Melissa, thanks!

    Becca, I was thinking the same thing for customizing kisses for weddings or even baby showers. Perhaps in the future we’ll have some downloadable templates for other flags :)

    Cathy, good find! I guess you can buy Christmas colors year round on Amazon, because they do have quite a few types of Kisses in green foil. This is a good way to speed up this project if you want to leave the flags out and let the labels do the talking.

  • 6
    Casey 02/27/2012 at 6:51 am

    Oh so cute!

  • 7
    Crystal 02/27/2012 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for such a great idea! I am such a big fan of your website and just love looking for new ideas. You both have been such an inspiration to me!

  • 8
    Chica 02/27/2012 at 10:05 am

    Thanks so much, Crystal. Inspiring you guys to be crafty is exactly our goal, so it makes us so happy to hear when we’ve succeeded.

  • 9
    TXMess 02/27/2012 at 3:07 pm

    Too cute! Love this idea!

  • 10
    staci @ lizard & ladybug 02/27/2012 at 4:48 pm

    This is a great idea & an even better tutorial!!!

    I would have never thought to use coin holders as candy holders :) Brilliant!!

  • 11
    Chica 02/27/2012 at 9:22 pm

    Staci, we thought the coin holders were a pretty clever solution. We were brainstorming tubes and similar containers and stumbled upon these, and they were perfect! I’m sort of addicted to them now, and I keep thinking of all sorts of things to use them for.

  • 12
    Terri O 03/01/2012 at 3:45 pm

    Cute idea! I think I want to try it on one of those giant chocolate kisses.

  • 13
    Cheryl 03/05/2012 at 9:59 am

    Very smart figuring out how to do this! I’m surprised Hershey’s hasn’t jumped on this idea – such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • 14
    Jessica 05/11/2012 at 9:06 pm

    This is cute idea for teachers. Alot pf PTA/PTO’s make care packages up for teachers at the beginning of the school year and to make these customeized to your school would be neat. I will keep it in mind for fall!

  • 15
    Jackie Smith 02/18/2013 at 11:03 am

    Hershey does make a green chocolate kiss, I bought some last year at Target, they are dark chocolate variety.

  • 16
    Chica 02/18/2013 at 6:21 pm

    Jackie, we’ve spotted them a time or two, but never can seem to find them when we need them. If you buy green wrapped kisses, it certainly saves you a lot of time, although then you won’t get to add the cute little custom flags! :)

  • 17
    Maggie 02/24/2014 at 10:58 am

    What size sticker sheets did you use? Your link (above) doesn’t bring me to sticker sheets.

  • 18
    Chica 02/24/2014 at 11:13 am

    Maggie, we used 8.5″ x 11″ sticker paper. Thanks for the comment about the link… we’ve corrected it!

  • 19
    Carol 02/26/2014 at 7:13 pm

    I am looking for a place to buy small coldrins to use for “pot of gold” to hold 2-3 Hershey kisses or 3-4 gold choc coins

  • 20
    Chica 02/27/2014 at 9:16 am

    Carol, check out your local party store. They ought to have small plastic cauldrons on hand for St. Patrick’s Day.

  • 21
    lenamae 03/08/2014 at 1:56 pm

    What about using parchment paper in the printer. It shud be stiff enough. Lov the kisses. My daugh. Ws brn on st. Paddys day.

  • 22
    Chica 03/09/2014 at 10:03 am

    Lenamae, I have never tried to print on parchment paper, so I don’t know if the ink will absorb into it or not. I’m also not sure if it will be thin enough to mimic the classic tissue flag on a Hershey’s Kiss. If you try it out, let us know how it goes!

  • 23
    Linda Dunagan 03/11/2014 at 3:26 pm

    I just love the Irish Kisses! What a well thought out idea, my friend.

    Irish by blood and at heart,
    Linda Glass Dunagan

  • 24
    Cathy 02/16/2015 at 1:34 am

    I buy the Christmas Hershey kisses; after Christmas at half price. Then I divide the red and silver for Valentines Day and save the green for St. Patty’s Day… of course it doesn’t have the cute Irish slip of paper you made… but for lazy people… mine works!

  • 25
    Chica 02/16/2015 at 11:26 am

    Smart thinking, Cathy. I’d have to hide a stash like that pretty well or else My Honey would eat them all before the holidays came around!

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