New South Wales
Every year when preparing for Christmas, we pick up the obligatory box of Christmas crackers (bon-bons), make a cursory glance over the contents and not think about them until Christmas Day when we are reminded of how much junk is actually inside. Has anyone ever worked out what the plastic monkey actually does?
So this year, I was determined to make my own with the thought that I could make them a little bit meaningful, if not somewhat delicious. And they’re so easy to do!
Head to your nearest Riot Art & Craft Store (there are stores at Westfield Chatswood, Westfield Hornsby, Macquarie Centre and Warringah Mall) and buy a kit. It contains the tubes, snaps and ribbons for six crackers. They have a few different types, we chose the most basic. Lincraft also sells the snaps on their own if you want to customise a bit further.
At Riot, we also picked up some brown paper, a few rubber stamps (minis were only 99c) and a red ink pad. Otherwise, you could use some festive wrapping paper or your children’s paintings. You’ll also need to buy some crepe paper for the crowns (approx 6.5cm x 30cm per hat).
While you’re at the shops, pick up some gifts to pop in the crackers. When making mine, I asked for a few small gift ideas on the North Shore Mum’s Facebook group, and there was lots of great suggestions, such as:
No Christmas cracker is complete without a cringe-worthy joke. I decided to do a mix of jokes and some conversation starters. Laugh Factory is a good website for jokes… there’s a whole section for clean jokes, perfect for kids and in laws alike!
And you’re done! Have a wonderful festive season.