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How to Make Fun and Festive Christmas Crackers

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on November 21, 2016
Does your family love the tradition of Christmas crackers during the holidays? You’ll never believe how easy it is to make your own! Find the full tutorial on how it’s done here! 
Christmas Crackers

With Thanksgiving just days away, it seems like the perfect time for my first Christmas project – DIY Christmas Crackers – particularly as it’s something that can be used for either a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table or your upcoming Christmas celebration!

Traditional Christmas Crackers with Paper Crowns and toys
I love a little bling on my holiday table and one way to get that is with Christmas Crackers. DIY Christmas Crackers are a tradition dating back to the 1800s in England. They are also a tradition dating back as far as I can remember, growing up in Canada, that my family took part in for both Christmas and Thanksgiving!  These fun and colorful packets are shared with a partner, and “crack” or “pop” when opened by each partner grasping on each end and pulling like a wishbone. Once opened, you’ll find a tissue paper crown – yes, everyone has to wear it -, a joke or bit of trivia, and a tiny gift item of some sort.

Holiday Christmas Crackers Tutorial
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Now that I live in the US, until very recently, those in my family were the only weirdos wearing paper crowns around our Ca-merican Thanksgiving table (yes, that is a real word – that I made up). Lately, though, I’ve seen holiday crackers offered in many places such as Target and World Market. I’ve even seen kits available on Amazon to make your own. No matter how we come to have them, holiday crackers are something my kids look forward to every year, almost as much as pumpkin pie!

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Although you can take part in the fun by purchasing them or buying a kit, there is just something about personalizing them for your own family which is what I did – let me show you how!

How to Make Fun and Festive Christmas Crackers

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First, subscribe to my newsletter and download these free holiday jokes for inside your Christmas Crackers! Then, gather the rest of your supplies.

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You will Need:

What to do: 

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Create the wrapper

1. Cut your wrapping paper into an 8″x10″ square.

2. Accordion fold the square along the edge and cut small shapes out along the fold about 2″ on each side – this will make it easier to form the ends by removing some of the bulk.

3. Thread a snap through the cardboard tube and glue the snap to the edge of the paper outside the cuts you made in step 1.

4. Roll up the tube tightly and glue.

5. Tie off one end with ribbon.

Fill it with fun!

6. Fill with trinkets, candies, jokes/or trivia and especially the crowns!

7. Tie off another end with ribbon and reshape ends. Some people use a shaper for this – I do not, as I like them to look a little loose, like a gift.

8. Embellish! Add bling whereever you’d like!

Add to your holiday table!

Christmas Crackers with Paper Crowns and toys

When you’re ready, pick a partner. Each grab an end of the cracker and pulls to tear open – the one who comes away with the longest end is the winner! Tell your cheesy jokes and wear your paper crown while eating – And, have a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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Don’t feel like DIYing? Here’s how you can buy! 

 

To make it even more fun, I’m joining some blogger friends to bring you 15 bling-y holiday projects, plus the chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card! Details are near the end of this post so be sure to scroll all the way through.

*Update: This giveaway is closed.

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How to Make Personalized Wine Glasses for Gifts

Looking for a quick and easy gift idea or a festive addition to your holiday table? Make your own personalized wine glasses with just a sharpie and stemless wine glasses! 

DIY Personalized Wine Glasses

 

So, it’s the time of year where I’m torn between planning for Christmas or living in the moment and just enjoying Thansgiving (which is right around the corner!).  I want to be the person who’s already finished her Christmas shopping but really, I’m the person who’s thinking alot about it and will leave my ever-growing list of gifts for friends and family until the last minute, while I focus on thawing out the bird and whipping up some stuffing. Lucky for me, this project allows me to do both!

Personalized wine glasses make thoughtful gifts for your friends and family and a beautiful addition to your holiday table, but you don’t have to buy them. Here’s how to DIY monogrammed wine and drinking glasses on the cheap!

 

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How to Make Personalized Wine Glasses

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You’ll need:


Directions
1. Create your stencil, cut it, and transfer it to your glass, using the relief of the cutout. For further instructions on how to do this, you can check here.

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2. Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any dirt or smudges.

3. Use your Sharpie pen to fill in the stencil.

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4. Once done, put the glass on a baking sheet and put it in a cold oven. Then heat it to 350 degrees and keep it in there for 30 minutes. This will ensure the glass and paint are dish washer safe.

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Whew! Piece of cake right? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve a bird to thaw and a whole month to procrastinate on the other gifts I have to buy!

 

DIY Wine Glass Decorating

 

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Our Christmas House Tour

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 17, 2013

Take a Christmas House Tour of our home decorated for the season in traditional colors. Lots of vintage items and ideas to make your home cozy for the holidays

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WOW, I’m so overwhelmed by the response on my last post and want to thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. We are so blessed to have every one of you in our lives! Thank you so very much for forwarding my post on and sharing my message, and for taking the time to read it  – it was very personal, and I wasn’t sure how it would be received – what else can I say except..  your cookies are all in the mail!

CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

While you’re munching on those cookies – the 2 or 3 cookies out of a dozen that I haven’t eaten, why don’t you come along with me on a little tour of the digs.. the Christmas digs that is.. Ready? Okay, let’s go!

FRONT ENTRANCE

We have big plans for the foyer that will make traditional Christmas decorating a thing of the past, but for now, it’s all about the reds, golds and greens!

The fun starts when you come through the front door – like everything I do; I can’t just do it small, it has to be huge. I swear there was a time when I knew less was more, but I’ve decided that is a dumb rule that only applies to makeup and accessories. When it comes to decorating with a theme, for me, more is more!

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OFFICE

Our office/Playroom/Other room-we-call-the-front-room built-ins received a minor makeover with fun deco mesh wreath and beaded garland.

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A strip of tulle mesh attached at the top and bottom of the shelving, along with paperclips, creates an easy and fun way to display our cards.

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GREAT ROOM

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Our great room is of course, where most of the action takes place. We stick entirely to artificial greenery, as Ayden has a small problem with eating leaves. Although I do realize most evergreens are edible, it’s something we try not to encourage. Ahem. That little fluff ball over there in the corner is our killer watchdog. See how on guard he is at every moment?

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Our tree is a family tree – There aren’t any ribbons or garlands because save for the lights and the angel on top, the tree is decorated entirely by my children. Hence the reason there are 30 ornaments in a 6″ radius at different heights – the height of each child – and none at the top.. they also prefer the left side to the right. You’ll find no ornaments on the back-side either.

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I figure there will come a day when they A) don’t live with me any longer or B) may not want to help decorate the tree – I’m taking advantage of it while I can.

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Most of our ornaments are either handmade by the children from throughout the years. They have the whole job done in 5 minutes flat. As I try hard not to move the ornaments around, I remember that I’ve got the rest of the house to descend put my personal touch upon.

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This pretty angel was my grandmother’s while my mother was growing up. When I received her we made a small electrical upgrade – we try to avoid things like fires and the house burning down at this time of year! I have no idea how old she is but she’s very loved for all of her quirkiness.

It never ceases to give me the giggles seeing that many stockings on our mantel.

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A fun tray filled with Christmas goodies adorns the coffee table.. at least until Ayden starts to play with it. The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn is an excellent read for older children. My mother always used to tell me you should never stop believing because you never really know what is real and what isn’t.. this book is a great testament to that. We’ll be giving it a read this year.

KITCHEN

C’mon, let’s wander into the kitchen and grab a few more cookies! Our table is home to another heirloom piece – a tree skirt sewn by Shay’s grandmother. A simple centerpiece of pine cones, holly berries, and Christmas balls fills the center perfectly.

I love the rustic look that is so popular this year and tried to incorporate it wherever I could. Most of what I have did not fit that description so, I had to improvise.. or buy all new Christmas decorations. Shay, I opted for improvising and buying only a few things.

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Noel, Leaping Deer, Oh Deer, Glitter Deer

Using free printables and a natural, glittered garland, I was able to pull more of the theme in inexpensively, while still using many of our favorite objects. I added small, inexpensive, stand-alone gold ornaments, such as the Christmas trees and the deer to bring in some glitz.


You can never go wrong with a bowl of ornaments. Nutcrackers are a massive hit in our house, in case you didn’t notice!


The all-important countdown to Christmas is on our refrigerator. The middle-tile changes with the season or event – you can check out how to make it here.

Only nine more sleeps, boys and girls.. and just one room that I didn’t show you – my master bedroom! I’ll save that baby for tomorrow! Thanks for taking a little holiday tour with me.. may your days be merry and bright.. and may all your Christmas shopping.. be done and wrapped.

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