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The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

16th December 2020

My family doesn’t go in for Christmas in the big traditional manner, but we do love a cracker (or as we call it, a bonbon) says Beci Orpin. Here's a simple craft project to make.

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

16th December 2020

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

16th December 2020

Who can resist a paper hat and a cheesy joke? Not me. Here are some bonbons you can make yourself. Not necessarily for Christmas: they can be used for any celebration. I designed them so you would get a double dose of surprise: confetti from the outside and whatever you decide to put on the inside, such as more confetti, pompoms, trinkets and any kind of message you prefer. Or, of course, a cheesy joke. For extra authenticity you can also buy the “bangers” and add them in.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 6 cardboard toilet roll centres or any other cardboard rolls
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • 6 mm circle punch
  • Coloured card and paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Clear cellophane (on the roll, if you can get it)
  • Pencil or felt-tip marker
  • Scissors and string
  • Washi tape

1 Paint the cardboard rolls. I chose different colours for the outside and inside.

2 Make confetti for the outside using the circle punch or use the scissors to make different shapes.

3 Cut some small pieces of paper and write messages or jokes.

4 Cut lengths of crepe paper and cellophane. Make the cellophane slightly shorter than the crepe paper, so that when the bonbon is pulled, it is just the crepe paper (the cellophane won’t tear). Wrap crepe paper around the cardboard roll, making sure the roll is approximately in the middle. Secure with washi tape.

5 Twist one end of the crepe paper closed, then add your fillings and twist the other end. If you are adding bangers, insert one before twisting the first end.

6 Lay a piece of cellophane out and sprinkle on some confetti.

7 Place the crepe paper roll on the cellophane and confetti and wrap the cellophane around it, securing with washi tape. Try to make sure the confetti is evenly distributed around the roll (you can do this after it has been secured by tapping it gently).

8 Twist the ends of the cellophane with the crepe paper and secure with string tied in a bow.

Beci is an artist, designer and illustrator. She loves hanging with her two sons, Tyke and Ari, gardening, riding her bike, bird-watching and cooking. See beciorpin.com

For more projects see HOME (£20, Hardie Grant) PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Middleton

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