This is a long post so grab a cuppa and take a seat.........
Like most crafters I have found some little tweaks helpful in making better crackers each year. For some of my American visitors Christmas crackers may be something you have not seen before. Here in the UK they are a tradition dating back to 1847 when Tom Smith invented the Christmas cracker. There is a link to the history of crackers here . They are sold everywhere in the UK...this is just one type seen in the local shops. They feature at everyone's Christmas parties and dinner tables and the corny jokes inside always make everyone laugh whilst they put on their paper hats and enjoy the little gift found inside. The cracker makes a "bang" as it is pulled open by 2 people holding the ends and ripping it apart.
Each year I try to match my handmade crackers to the serviettes I have bought for my Christmas table. This is my choice this year. I love the homespun/vintage look to them.
I also decided to use one of Nicecrane's fabulous vintage images for my focal decoration and chose the one below, which I die cut.
This image is in Ignacio's shop here and the whole set are perfect for vintage projects.
I cut dark green spellbinder frames and mounted them up, adding some Cheery Lynn holly die cuts and little Lili of the Valley tag sentiments. A little festive red Stickles added a little sparkle for the berries.
OK here we go...first cut about 1/3 off the length of the cracker "middles". These will hold the cracker contents. The gifts can be anything which fits inside.I have used Lotto tickets, hand creams, sweets etc (I can't give too much away here as my family do read my blog!) There are 8 of us for Christmas dinner so I needed 8 of everything.
Here is a sneak peek into my bag of gifts...
Roll up a gift with a joke, banger and hat
Sandwich this roll between 2 full length ones making sure the banger is inside and then roll the crepe paper around.
Secure with tape and then repeat with the second colour paper, taking off about an inch from each end. I use pinking shears on the inside paper.
Ease out one roll slightly and tie with ribbon/twine etc, I used raffia.
Repeat this the other end. By keeping the rolls in place they maintain a good shape for the ends of the cracker
Cut a piece of gift wrap or any other paper you like and attach to the middle of the cracker. I found this one from last year, my Hb wrapped my presents in it so I used the leftovers. Us crafters do like to recycle don't we!
Now you can even up the ends by trimming with pinking shears (this is why I don't do this at the beginning).
To remember who's is who's I always write the person's name underneath. So here are my finished crackers......ready for the Big Day, which is now only a week away. They will be on my table to share with my dear family. Such a great tradition which goes on from generation to generation.
I would like to enter my Christmas Crackers into the following challenges;
Country View nostalgic Christmas. Crackers just have to be a part on my Christmas dinner, always.
That craft place Christmas
Pile it on anything goes Christmas/holidays
Stamp and Create anything goes
All Crafts Challenge anything but cards
The Mirror Cracked upcycle/recycle a Christmas gift
Deep Ocean Christmas is all around
Dream Valley Christmas
Simon says stamp Wednesday winter photo inspiration I was inspired by the beautiful white snow and the the little red bird in the top right photo.
Creative Inspirations Christmas/New Year
As you like it favourite Christmas image and why I just love this Nicecrane image, it evokes Christmas nostalgia for me, We always have crackers at our table and this image is a perfect gift sharing one.
Cute card Thursday sparkle
Loves rubberstamps Holiday blitz anything goes
Simon Says stamp Monday anything goes
And to make you smile here are a couple of cracker jokes;
What disease can you catch from putting up too many Christmas decorations?
Answer; Tinsilitis .
What do you call a man with a seagull on his shoulder?
Why can’t you go fishing with a bearded man?
Answer; Because you need a fishing rod.
Tee hee! I hope that all your festive preparations are nearly complete and that you are starting to look forward to enjoying some relaxing family time with your loved ones. I can't wait.
Bye for now,