If you’ve been reading my blog, you would know a few things about me:
- I love Christmas
- I’m trying to be more Eco friendly
- Although I love looking at awesome, inspiring crafts, I suck at them
So with this in mind, with Christmas fast approaching I’ve been thinking about those things we all (ok, perhaps it’s just me) love to hate – Christmas crackers. As I’m a bit conflicted about them, I will summarise my current feelings:
- Even though I complain every year about the dumb jokes, they are somewhat of a tradition in the family – one I would like to uphold
- The toys are always ridiculous, but do provide a talking point
- They are soulless…a little harsh yes, but true
Ok so now I have ripped apart the tradition the majority of us partake in (even if it is with complaints!), what do we do now? If I’m to stay true to my desire to be my eco-friendly, I wouldn’t purchase the standard cracker from the two dollar shop.
So what then?
- I could buy some “eco-friendly” ones – such as some recycled card crackers (sorry they are in the UK so probably too late now!)
- Get some pop out Christmas cracker card decorations
- Make some fabric ones…but I’m not crafty
- Make some cardboard ones… but I’m not crafty (these do look amazing though)
- Make some fortune cookie ones…but I’m not crafty
None of the above alternatives seem to be working for me, so I set myself the challenge of creating some “Christmas crackers” just from what I had at home and nothing else. Given I have a penchant for keeping old jars (and as a consequence now have a whole cupboard full), I thought why not use that as the “vessel” for the cracker. As I have lots of different sized ones, I thought that would look good.
Now what to put in your eco friendly christmas crackers? Here are some suggestions:
- Handwrite (or print onto recycled paper) some jokes
- Place trivia cards (an example being using cards from aboard game, such as Trivial Pursuit) in them for conversation starters (I actually stole this idea from my creative mother in law who did this one Christmas and it was a hit!)
- Include some fun facts (for kids ones see National Geographic)
- Personalise them by including a handwritten note to the recipient. Then use them as place settings as well. For bonus points – I have used some of Miss H’s artwork as the paper
- Make a sweet treat to place in them – as long as you have air conditioning!
- Tie a nice ribbon around the neck of the jar
- I had some Christmas crafty bits and pieces lying around so I included them to make it pretty
And that’s it. Fill your jars with what you have and what will work for your guests and your crackers are done!
They may not “pop” like traditional crackers, but I think they are pretty cute. And yes I see the irony in my picture, where you can see shiny Christmas wrapping in the background…if you refer to my previous post about having a sustainable Christmas, I made a comment about having a LOT of Christmas paper to get through, so that’s what I’m doing!
What do you think about my eco friendly alternative to christmas crackers? Is this acceptable? Or a bit of a joke?
At the very least hopefully I have given you some ideas to think about!