This post is sponsored by Woolworths.
What do you like to do at Christmas time to spoil your loved ones a little? Christmas for me means a little bit of indulgence, going that extra mile to make things as special as they can be. That doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money. For me, making things special means taking time to prepare something handmade with love. I’ve always wanted to make some diy Christmas crackers and so this year R and I made these colourful ones. They were much simpler to make than I thought they would be, making it the perfect project for R and I to do together, and they look so bright and cheerful. Definitely a gift made with love.
* Tissue papper
* Cardboard tubes (I used the tubes from paper towel)
* Christmas cracker snappers (Available at most craft stores. I bought mine at Riot Art and Craft. You can also find them at Spotlight).
* Tissue paper hats (available at craft stores or make your own)
*Dad jokes – essential for every Christmas cracker
* Small trinket or gift
* Glitter or confetti (optional)
* Twine, string or ribbon
* Glue, scissors and adhesive tape
How to make homemade Christmas crackers
The process is surprisingly simple.
1. Cut down the carboard tubes to about 15 centimetres in length. I simply cut paper towel tubes in half.
2. Attach a snapper to the inside of each tube using adhesive tape. Next, cut a length of tissue paper to cover the cracker. The paper needs to be wider than the snappers as shown in picture 2 above, otherwise the snappers will show through when you twist the paper around the tube.
3. Roll the tube to cover it with the tissue paper.
4. Tie off one end of the cracker with string, twine or ribbon.
5. Keep one end of the cracker open. This is where you will put in all the goodies!
Gather your goodies to put inside each cracker. It’s not a traditional Christmas until everyone is wearing silly paper hats or telling terrible “Dad” jokes so we added those, along with some little star confetti. R rolled up the supplies and stuffed them inside each cracker. Next we added a little trinket for each of our Christmas lunch guest – more on that in moment.
Once the crackers have been filled, tie off the remaining end and you’re done! We made some sweet tags in the shape of stars and snowflakes using air-drying clay. You could also make these using our salt dough recipe.
Don’t they look pretty? They took very little effort really but the fact that they are handmade with love really adds that something special to Christmas Day.
So what did we put inside our homemade Christmas crackers? We chose small little trinkets and handmade goodies to give to each of our guests. Our kid-made jewellery would be perfect for these crackers. I also wanted to include some edible treats and these gorgeous chocolates from the Woolworths Gold range are the perfect choice. These ones are part of the Summer Dessert Gallery box. They are a special indulgent treat – a way to really spoil our guests. I wrapped a couple in clear cellophane and popped a them inside each cracker. It’s all about spoiling our loved ones with a little hand-made affordable indulgence and these choccies fit the bill perfectly.
Have you noticed the new Woolworths Gold range popping up around the store in the last few weeks? I’ve been keeping an eye out for that distinctive gold label whenever I’ve been doing my weekly shop and I have to admit, I’ve been sampling a few of the goodies already – all in the name of research for the big day of course!
So what will be gracing our dessert table this Christmas? I’ve chosen several items from the Woolworths Gold range to serve at Christmas lunch. Everything in the range is made with premium ingredients and many of them are handcrafted by artisans – just a little bit of affordable luxury to make the day that little bit extra special.
Just look at those chocolates! I was also excited to find the Indulgent Roasted Almond Shortbread. These are made to an authentic Greek recipe and they are heavenly! I know these little lovelies as Kipfuls. That’s the German name for them and I have such wonderful memories of eating them as a young child when we were living in Austria. These ones from the Woolworths Gold range taste completely homemade – like they were whipped up just this morning and have been freshly dipped in a cloud of icing sugar. They melt in your mouth and leave you wanting another….and another….and possibly another two. OK, let’s just say I’ve bought two tins of these buttery shortbreads – one for now, one for Christmas Day.
Something else I’ll be making from the range is the Woolworths Gold Red Velvet Lamingtons. Each year, my sister-and-law and I bake each other something special. We began doing this a few years ago instead of buying each other gifts. I was a bit stumped this year as to what I should make her and then I saw the red velvet lamingtons and just knew they’d be perfect. They are the perfect time saver because they are a pre-mixed recipe and this also means that I get to add my own handmade touch to them. And really, red velvet? In a lamington? How special is that? I can’t wait to try them.
What do you have planned for the holidays to make things just that little bit special?
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