Emergency Chocolate Craft – In Case of Emergency Break Glass

We all have those moments where we need chocolate. Okay, maybe we don’t all have them, but I do. So it is handy to have some chocolate stowed away for this kind of occasion. You can make this Emergency Chocolate craft for yourself, or make one for a friend who is going through a rough patch. Because when the going gets tough… friends bring chocolate. This craft is super easy and super inexpensive to make, so while you’re whipping up your Emergency Chocolate frame, go ahead and make some extras. They’re sure to come in handy.

Emergency Chocolate Craft on 30 Minute Crafts

You can use whatever chocolate you like, but I used M&Ms.Β  They have great color, plus they’re my go-to chocolate. If you or your friend are allergic to chocolate (which is like being allergic to air, in my opinion, and for which you have my deepest sympathies), you can fill the frame with whatever candies you like. Whatever your go-to guilty pleasure is that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or in an air-tight container. Use your best judgement here.

Here are the supplies needed to make the Emergency Chocolate craft… I’ve added affiliate links to help support the site if you purchase materials through the links.
Simple DEEP frame (mine came from Ikea)
Glass Etching Kit
Silhouette Machine (or an Xacto Knife and some patience)
Candy of your choice

make an In-case emergency break glass emergency prepareness craft

Start by opening the frame and cleaning the glass. While you’re doing that, you can have your Silhouette cut out the vinyl. Here is a link to my In case of emergency break glass Silhouette cut file.

Apply the vinyl to the clean glass. Try for as few wrinkles as possible. You’ll probably get a few, just smooth out the ones that go into the lettering. You want the border around each letter to be smooth so none of the etching cream leaks under the vinyl. Also, use a pin or stylus to carefully place all the centers of letters like the e, o, and a.

apply vinyl

Follow the instructions to apply the etching cream, and wait the appropriate time.

apply glass etching cream

Rinse off. It is going to look like nothing happened.

wash off glass etching cream

Peel off the vinyl to find that yes! The etching cream totally worked! Oh my goodness, this was so super easy!

peel away vinyl

Start putting the frame back together.. Insert the glass, fill with M&Ms.

fill with M&Ms

Cut a piece of colored scrapbooking paper for the back, just in case the back ever shows through. Put the back on.

put frame together

This frame wasn’t originally meant to be a shadowbox type frame, so I faked it. I used Duck Tape to hold the back on. Duck Tape all 4 sides, and cut if needed to allow the stand to be used.

tape back with duck tape

That’s it! This Emergency Chocolate craft is so simple to make!

finished chocolate gift

I should add that if you need to get to the chocolate, you shouldn’t actually break the glass. Peel off the duck tape and take off the back. You now have a handy rectangular bowl filled with stress-killing chocolate. Yum.

in case emergency break glass craft


  1. Patricia B says

    Definitely too cute to break!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Love it! Love ya’

  2. I wonder if the svg file will work with the Cricut Explore?

    • I’m not sure, I don’t have the Cricut to test it out. :/ But if you know someone who does, please let me know!

  3. Got an idea. Add a tag on the bottom that says pull here for minor emergencies and let it pull down in a little channel to get a few at a time from the back then the chocolate won’t go bad and you can you can tip it upsidedown to refill. Just a thought. I love the craft. Very clever!

  4. What a super cute gift idea!!

  5. I a having difficulty opening the file, could you tell me what font you used?

  6. Oh, what a (really, really) GREAT idea!! Thank you.. I think, that’s a perfect present for my boyfriend.. He loves chocolate!! <3


  8. Just wanted to let you know I tweaked your idea and made my own version. It is one of the best received gifts I’ve ever given! Thanks for the idea.

  9. What was the photo frame called?

  10. Awesome.

  11. i used a shadow box i found at a craft store. this worked GREAT!

    • Carolina says

      YAY! This is such a fun project – glad you love yours! Lets see if your candies last longer than mine. πŸ˜‰

  12. Hello Carolina, I absolutely love this gift idea. In fact, I love it so much I created my own version, linking back to you of course. I would love for you to check it out. Thanks for the inspiration! http://thecraftyblogstalker.com/emergency-cash-gift/

  13. BRUH......... says

    BRUHHH.. I broke it literally broke it in like 5 min….

  14. 0MG! Thats Such A Cute Little Gift! I loooove It!! <3

  15. I just did this! My first handmade Christmas gift as an adult! However I did tweak it, though, used a Craftsmart paint pen from Michaels to trace on the lettering. Thanks for the great idea!

  16. When smashed the glass fragments would be mixed with the chocolate and you could eat some glass. It would be safer to just to take the back off the photo frame when you want to eat the chocolate.

    • Yup, we covered that:
      “I should add that if you need to get to the chocolate, you shouldn’t actually break the glass. Peel off the duck tape and take off the back. You now have a handy rectangular bowl filled with stress-killing chocolate. Yum.”

  17. Simply awesome! Loved it but if I make this I won’t be able to give it as a gift. Need it for myself!πŸ˜‹πŸ€‘πŸ˜πŸ˜…

  18. what can i do instead of glass etching?

    • You could add vinyl letters, or paint on the words. Any way that you can draw or mark on the glass would work. πŸ™‚

  19. I did this two years ago for a gag gift for a Christmas Party. It was so easy and YES! It takes under 30 minutes to do. However, I did not etch. I used stick on letters. To make it more goofy.

  20. You can use frosted glass spray, just make sure is not the semi transparent finish. I just learned that lol. Great idea! it’s great for Valentine’s day.

  21. Donna Foster says

    What font did you use?

  22. um i was wondering if this would work with like a christmas box i found it is the perfect size do you think it will work.


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