Hey everyone. It’s me again with a really fun and simple project for your holiday dinners – Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years.
Every year I buy Christmas Crackers (also called Poppers or Bon-Bons) for our Christmas dinner. And, nearly every year I wish I could make them myself so I could fill them with personalized or at least nicer trinkets than are usually in the store bought Crackers.
This year I finally did it. And, wait ’til you see what I put in them.
But first . . here’s how you can make these little cuties.
- I found an SVG cut file here for this candy-shaped Cracker. I also found a free one here for the more traditional, longer Cracker.
- Mary has a great tutorial on how to assemble the Crackers about two-thirds through the video here, so I won’t repeat her instructions. I reduced the size just a tad to fit the pattern onto 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch paper. The finished, assembled size is 6 inches long by 2-1/2 inches wide.
- Cut out the cracker shape from red and green paper – on sale now.
- Glue some strips of patterned paper or other embellishments to the card stock before assembling the Crackers. I cut strips from Teresa Collins Santa’s List paper and glued them to the middle and ends of the card stock.
- Assemble the crackers following Mary’s instructions.
- Securely tie a 10 of 12 inch length of ribbon onto the gather of the cracker using a double knot or bow. Tie tinsel or rick rack to your bow for more fun.
- Insert your gifts into the other end and securely tie it with another 10 to 12 inch length of ribbon.
The chamber of these little guys is about 2-1/2 inches long and wide. I thought it would be fun to think about all the different things you can put in them when you can make them yourself. So, here’s my little list.
- paper crowns;
- Cracker snaps;
- party horns or noise makers;
- charms or other jewelry;
- wrapped chocolates or truffles;
- gift certificates;
- tickets to a movie, concert or sporting event;
- lip gloss or nail polish;
- sample size perfume or lotion;
- jokes or fortunes; and
And, for more ideas, just walk down the isle of party favors in the party or dollar stores.
It really is crackers – what I put in my Crackers. But, that’s the fun of making your own. We just welcomed a nine week old Golden Retriever puppy to our family this weekend. Hopefully little Olive will be old enough at Christmas for these little Christmas-cookie doggie biscuits, and, of course, we’ll have to open the Crackers for her.
Shew – It’s been a crazy three-day weekend for our household, so I’m running a little behind. But, come say hi to me at Catered Crop where I promise we’ll have some adorable pictures of little Olive later this week.