With Thanksgiving coming up I wanted to share with you a project that you could incorporate into your Thanksgiving celebrations this year. These easy to make crackers will be a talking point on your table this year. Thanksgiving is a time when we gather our family and friends, a time to share what we are thankful for. These Thanksgiving crackers contain not just candy, but also a note with a question “what are you thankful for?” A great way to get your dinner guests talking. The lovely autumn colors of the Summer's End range were perfect for this project, so gather your supplies and let's get started.
Fancy Pants supplies:
Summer's End: Divine patterned paper
Summer's End: Falling Leaves patterned paper
Summer's End: Changing patterned paper
Saint Nick: Tinsel patterned paper
Artist Edition: Filter Paper Embellishments
A small scrap of cardstock (any colour)
Cardboard rolls (sprayed with disinfectant spray)
Before we begin:
If you love recycling as much as me but don’t like the thought of using “toilet paper” rolls for this project you can either purchase cardboard rolls that have not been used for “toilet paper” or just simply spray the cardboard rolls with a disinfectant spray. A disinfectant spray kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and can be purchased at any supermarket.
Take one of your cracker “snaps” and use a little piece of tape to secure it to the cardboard roll on one side. Note: only tape one side otherwise when the cracker is “pulled” it will not work.
Take one piece of tissue paper and roll it around the cardboard tube and secure with a little tape to hold in place.
Cut a piece of the Summer's End: Divine pattern paper to fit your cardboard roll. Approximately 4 inches by 6 ½ inches. With the tissue “seam” facing the underneath use double sided tape to secure the piece of pattern paper to the cardboard roll.
Tie up one side of the cracker with a piece of ribbon. Write a little note onto a Summer's End: Changing patterned paper to place in the cracker about what you are thankful for. Finish off your note with the question “what are you thankful for?” It’s a great way to get your dinner guests to share. Place your note along with a few chocolate treats and secure the other end of the cracker with a piece of ribbon.
Embellishments. Die cut/hand cut or punch a frame, a 2 inch circle, brown leaves and some hearts from the patterned paper. Die cut/hand cut from white felt some wings. I have also die cut the wings from the Artist Edition: Filter Paper Embellishments. I recommend that when you do this you place a scrap of cardstock on top of the filter paper. This step ensures that the filter paper does not tear in the die cutting process.
Layer and adhere the 2 inch circle (this is the base), frame, wings, leaves and hearts together. Add a small message "give thanks” on the top.
Adhere the embellishment to the outside of the cracker with a strong foam tape.
All there is left to do now is cook the feast, set the table and gather your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!!