Candy Bar Guitar Tutorial

A candy bar guitar is a creative gift idea for Father’s Day, graduation or a birthday.
candy bar guitar

I love clever, personalized gifts. This guitar made of candy is glued onto a piece of foam core and is a fun gift idea for Father’s Day, graduation or a birthday for someone who plays the guitar or just loves rock music.

I’ve seen other versions of this craft idea out there, but they seemed intimidating to make. To simplify things, I created a template you can print out to make your very own candy guitar. I’ve also estimated how much candy you’ll need. Hopefully it makes your life a little easier and you’ll want to make this to brighten someone’s day.

Supplies Needed

  • 20×30″ white foam core (sold at Dollar Tree or any office supply store)
  • 2 – 19.75 oz bags of Reeses Miniature Cups (you’ll have some left over)
  • 3 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  • 6 Hershey’s Kisses
  • 6 Hershey’s Miniature Bars
  • 2 Fun Sized Kit Kat Bars.

Don’t miss the video tutorial below. It will show you exactly how to make this project!

Step 1: Download the printable files from the bottom of this post and print on regular white paper.

candy bar guitar printable templateStep 2: Gather the candy together. Feel free to substitute other candies if you wish… just know that the template was designed to fit these specific candies.

candy gift idea Step 3: Cut out the templates and overlap the numbered circles on each section to align the design. Tape it together.

Step 4: Glue the paper template to the bottom corner of the foam core at an angle.

Step 5: Glue peanut butter cups onto each of the circles on the template. 

hot glue candies to poster board

Step 6: Glue down all of the other candies to make the neck of the guitar. You can refer to this photo for exact placement:

candy bar guitar tutorial

Step 7: Write a fun message on the foam core and don’t forget to sign your name.

Candy Bar Guitar Video Tutorial



See how much easier it is when you have a template to help you line up all of those candies? This whole project came together very quickly, but it is SO fun and really makes a statement. It’s an impressive gift! Who do you know that would love to receive this candy bar guitar?

Don’t forget to pin this project for later!

how to make a candy bar guitar


  1. Grandsons x 3 and I will attempt to do this craft for Father’s Day. Fingers crossed that we’ll have enough candy to complete the job!! Thanks sooooo much!

  2. Having a little trouble figuring out which candy to get to replace Peanut Butter cups–as one grandson has severe peanut allergy. How many pieces of replacement candy will I need?

  3. I wish I could send you a copy of the one we made for my grandson who is turning 14 on February 16th. I had help from my friend who helps me decorate and donate Christmas trees.


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