crafts, crEAting

My christmas crafty bits…

Christmas Crackers

We had a great Christmas this year with the whole family together for the first time in a couple of years.  To mark the occassion I made crackers for all sixteen of us – and they had jokes, bangs and a gift inside.   As it was after midnight on the day before Christmas Eve when I was making them I must apologise that they are a bit wonky but that all added to the charm.  The ‘boys’ had a range of small toys from Hawkins Bazaar to keep them amused and one of those whizzy long balloons that you blow up and (before you pass out) you let go.  The ‘girls’ had various Christmas earings from Sainsbury’s.  Much more of a surprise than the normal cracker gifts where you can see what is in them when you buy them.

Homemade Chocolates

My friends received a box of Handmade Chocolates – it is the first time I have ever made them and it was great fun.  I am now eager to make some more.  We finished the leftovers and mis-shapes very quickly.

There are two layers of chocolates separated by a piece of gold card neatly slotted into the box which I bought from Paperchase.  Eight chocolates all together and a mixture of dark, milk and white decorated with tiny white snowflakes, christmas coloured sprinkles or drizzles of white chocolate.

This is how they looked packaged in cellophane with a hand stamped white gift tag and tied with black raffia.