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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.

 

 

smile-worthy greetings.

i am a big fan of unique greeting cards & wrapping.

instead of giving someone a cookie cutter hallmark or a gift encased in an expensive (+ blah) wrap job – i prefer to make the greeting & package part of the gift… something personal and fun.

i buy greeting cards as i see them, whether it’s for something next week or next year. i currently have a drawer w/ 24 greetings and 6 packs of stationary. i also always have a least one roll of kraft paper on hand. that combined w/ some jute, string or yarn + buttons, tags, pages from books, vintage post card clippings, etc… well, combined it makes for a splendidly out of the ordinary package.

on with the story…

i recently stumbled upon some of the most amazing greetings i’d seen in a long while – and i want every single one of them. the company, TMOD, is a local aussie purveyor of stationary & jewelry. their motto: “design without constraints”. the company is led by two cool artist chicks: georgie swift and milenka osen (tmod.com.au).

now…. let me introduce you to some of their creations. *note to my american readers (because the majority of you are): it seems as though these cuties currently aren’t available at shops in the US. however, you can purchase online and ‘yes’, they offer international shipping. yay!

party hat cards
i purchased the headdress from my local news agency this evening… love love love it. (i might even keep it for myself and throw it on some random night when i feel the urge to party – it’s that cute).

i mean, what a clever idea to create a greeting that triples as a keepsake and fashion.

a few of my other favorites include the western hat (very fitting for howdiy), the sailor hat and the daisy chain.

check out the full range of party hat cards here.

mask cards
kittens & full blown cats, i love them (w/ my little macy ann being the best of the best). i’ve been on the kitten train for years, but i’m not the only one. youtubers love the furry felines (the 3.5 year old ‘kittens inspired by kittens‘ is still my fav), plus the ladies over at hellogiggles even have a live kitten cam.

anyways… back to the masks. how cute is this kitty cat? other gems include a deer, fox, bunny and more.

check out the full range of mask cards here.

scratchie cards
whether you are 8, 18 or 80 and whether it’s a scratch & sniff sticker, lottery ticket or one of those cute little romance tickets you can buy at urban outfitters… everyone loves a good scratch.

these cards are super cute + add an extra element of surprise even after the envelope is opened.

i love this little girl and her blackboard, there are also 20+ others to chose from (the ‘just married’ is darling).

check out the full range of scratchies here.

TMOD offers these + several other cool greetings, designs, gifts and more… check them out. i’m already sold.

o.p.p. – nye party hats

it’s 3:00pm in south australia on dec 31.

rather than making the trek back home for the holidays (we will do a belated version of that in a few weeks), this year we decided to stay put in oz and soak up the summer sun (it’s been between 85-95F everyday this week). our residence for the week has been a bay front property in the coastal town of port lincoln (7 hours from adelaide). our house (shared w/ friends) has a private dock, kayaks and some inviting water just 20 ft. from the front door — i feel pretty lucky (though I must admit, I have missed the snow just a bit).

since many of you still have a good 24 hours before the clock strikes midnight and the year turns to ’12, i thought this might be the opp0rtune time to post a cool little project.

these hats are a perfect compliment to countdown time… see the pic + check out the details.

found @ merriment design
what: nye party hats
where: http://www.merrimentdesign.com/make-new-years-eve-party-hats-free-printable-2012-template.php

3.2.1. – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

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