It’s that time of year when we’re all running out of steam. Christmas is almost here, and most of us are ready to start celebrating, instead of finishing last minute projects. When I decided to do a vintage inspired Christmas theme this year, I came up with the idea of using old Christmas Little Golden Books to make some homemade Christmas crackers for the table this year. Today I put them together and I really love how they turned out. Luckily they are pretty simple to make -so even if you’re getting tired like me, this one is pretty doable. 😉 You need a few supplies, the most important being some Christmas Little Golden Books. I have to admit I did feel a little guilty tearing the pages out of the books to make these. Must be the teacher in me. 😉 But, since I found them for .99 at a second hand store, they were probably even cheaper than buying pretty scrapbook paper. If you were really opposed to ruining a book, you could colour photo copy them, which would also work for someone who couldn’t find them second hand. You could also use colour copies of any favourite holiday book, or even a library book.
Along with the books, you’ll also need the cracker part of the Christmas cracker. I’ve seen them at Michaels, I had some a friend gave me. Then, get saving your TP rolls.
Crackers usually have a fun paper hat, a joke and a treat in them. I made some simple hats out of tissue paper (let’s hope my head size is average). I found some great jokes here, and printed them. The treats were a little trickier for me. I always love the weird stuff you get in store bought ones, but I have to admit, when was the last time I used a mini screw driver, magnifying glass, or tape measure? So what’s as good as a mini gadget? Booze and chocolate.
I know you want to come to my house for Christmas dinner. 😉 I picked up some boozy chocolate, cause what would be better to start off a Christmas dinner with your whole fam damily than a shot and some chocolate? For the kiddos I used some mini chocolate bars. I also threw in a bit of sparkle…cause I love a little glitz, and I’ll have to vacuum after anyway.
To make the cracker, just tear out a piece of the book, wrap it around your TP roll and glue it. Tape in your cracker, mine were a little long, or my book pages were a little short, so I just trimmed them at the ends. Tie one end. I used pom pom yarn and trim and tinsel to add more of the vintage vibe. Then, load in your treats, and tie up the other end. Simple.
Almost too pretty to use. Can’t wait to set my Christmas dinner table. Hope your last minute projects are getting done too.
With pretty vintage inspired Christmas crackers, life really is a party.