Archive | December, 2012

make your own… christmas crackers (aka bon-bons)

christmas crackers aka bon-bons. these little holiday treats are something that i didn’t learn about until the age of 29, when i celebrated my first christmas in australia. americans do silly santa hats and reindeer ears on christmas, australians do crackers.

(at the risk of sounding stupid, i had indeed seen them in america before, but i always took the name “cracker” very literal – thinking that these were something you’d find in the walgreen’s christmas aisle when you were hard pressed for a random christmas gift. yes, i thought christmas crackers were actually a packaged snack.)

when i did finally learn about the joy of a christmas cracker, i loved the idea and tried to spread it to my loved ones in the usa (in recent years i’ve seen them popping up in shops across the country). i mean it’s like the turkey bone at thanksgiving – two people tug on either end and instead of a wish, the winner gets a paper crown and often a little treat. (read here for the wikipedia backstory on these commonwealth traditions.)

diy christmas crackers

my handmade christmas crackers

this year while back in the usa, i decided to make my own christmas crackers. it was a pretty easy process, plus fun to custom make them to my liking (i may be biased, but mine were much cuter than any i’d seen in the stores).

whether you’re in the us, mexico, or somewhere else in this big world… you can bring this commonwealth tradition to your holiday celebration. all you need are a few staple supplies (which are likely already around the house) and you’re set.

what you’ll need:

  • cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • tape
  • tissue paper
  • wrapping paper
  • ribbon or string
  • scissors
  • a piece of chocolate (or some other little treat)

another optional item on list is a pack of bon-bon snaps (they make a little noise + spark as the cracker splits into 2). these aren’t a necessity, but they will make the cracker tugging experience a bit more fun (they might be hard to find in places where crackers aren’t traditional).

making your crackers are pretty easy… you’ll first create a paper crown with tissue paper, tape and scissors. next you’ll stuff your toilet paper roll with the crown, a little treat (ghirardelli’s were my choice) and the snap (should you choice to use one). next cut some wrapping paper, line up the toilet paper roll in the middle, then wrap – cut – and tie. and… there you go, handmade christmas crackers.

 

 

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