Thursday, 5 November 2015

12 Days | Day 4 - Advent Christmas Crackers (w/ Craft Boards / Tools)

Day 4 are these Mini Advent Christmas Crackers. These are made using The Candy Box Board from We R Memory Keepers, as well as the use of specific Craft Tools which won’t be available to everybody.

These crackers can be made out of a card / paper template. You can Google 'Cracker Paper Template'. Some links are below:

So, without further ado – here’s how I made them

Materials and Tools
 We R Memory Keepers Candy Box Board (Amazon)
Big Shot Die Cutting / Embossing Machine (Hobbycraft UK)
American Crafts Thickers Alphabets - Cheer
My Favorite Things Well Worn Greetings Die Set
Any 12 x 12 Christmas Paper Pad
Foam Squares
Green Striped Ribbon
Christmas Ribbon
Red Liner Tape
Scissors / Pencil / Ruler
Fiskars A4 Paper Cutter
White Card

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The basic size of paper needed for the crackers to be punched out with the board must be in width measure 7 inches. This means you can have any length of paper, but the width should always be 7 inches

I’ve cut these three papers below to measure:

7 inches by 8 inches
7 inches by 7 inches
7 inches by 6 inches

Follow the instructions that came with the candy box and punch out the start of your cracker, this will punch out one side of the cracker, you will then need to flip the piece of paper over and do the same on the opposite side

Use double side / strong red tape / glue / glue dots to tape one side and to seal to create the 3D rectangular shape

Cut your ribbon into two 20cm pieces. Tie one side tightly

Take your filling for the cracker – mini packet of sweets, mini candy bar, you can even put lollipops, mini toys, little trinkets or similar and either wrap these up in tissue paper or similar and fill the inside of the cracker. Tie the other side once filled with the remainder piece of ribbon

For the Number decorations, I die cut the three pieces that come with My Favorite Things Well Worn Greetings Dies. I have die cut the different elements of the die set in the similar paper set as the mini crackers – all pieces have been die cut using the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.

The die cuts from the MFT Well Worn Greetings Dies are adhered together with foam squares to give a decoupage or 3D effect. I used the same foam squares to stick this to the main cracker.

The numbers are American Crafts Thickers and this is in the design ‘Cheer’ – which is a stripy red / grey glittery design. These are adhesive and do not need extra glue!

And there you go! I have used these as mini Advent Crackers, but you can use these as stocking fillers, crackers to put on the dinner table, use as decorations on the tree (without the filling) or just to give as mini gifts for friends or work colleagues.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and make. On Sunday we'll have Day 5! 
See you then and Happy Crafting!

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