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December 05, 2014

Graphic 45 Handmade Gift Guide: Day Five

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Welcome to Day 5 of the G45 Handmade Gift Tutorials! Today, G45 Ambassador Clare Charvill has an absolutely gorgeous tutorial to share with you using 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Next week, we'll have handmade ornament tutorials that will be perfect for gifts or for your tree. Join us for the fun. Now, enjoy the fantastic tutorial from Clare today!

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Enjoy this great step-by-step photo tutorial from the amazing Clare!

"Hello everyone its nice to be back on the blog again.  My handmade Christmas gift today is a bright and cheery box of crackers filled with tasty treats.  It would make a lovely gift for a hostess if you’re off out for a festive meal.

Six crackers fit really nicely into one of Graphic 45’s 12 x 12 Matchbook boxes.  The box could also be used to keep Christmas memories in after the crackers have been used." ~Clare

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Clare's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Cracker Box Tutorial

To make the cracker (repeat for all six):

Take one 12 x 12 sheet of Merry Mistletoe paper, and measuring from top left corner. Cut at 6 ½” wide x 11” deep.

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Using your score board, measuring from the left of one short edge score at ½” , 1 ½”, 2 ½”, 3 ½”, 4 ½” and 5 ½”.

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Turn your paper, and measuring along the long edge score one end at 2”, 21/2” and 3”. Repeat on other short end of paper.

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Crease all folds with your bone folder.
Use your envelope punchboard, and with one end of the paper at the 2 ½” mark punch on each fold. Repeat on other short end of your paper.

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Use a border punch to shape the short sides of your paper.

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Use a die secured with low tack tape to cut out a section along in centre of your cracker.

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I folded the outer creased sections under the paper to get it to fit in my Big shot.

Top Tip from me: Keep the die adhered to the first cracker and fit others folded in the same way underneath to cut the shape evenly out of them all.

Turn paper over. Put narrow double sided tape around the Cut out area. Cut a piece of cellophane to fit over the Cut area and secure in place with narrow double sided tape.

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Re-crease the folds at the 2”, 2 ½” and 3” score lines on both ends of your paper.

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Crease the cellophane along the score lines to keep crackers shape. Use tape or tacky glue to stick long paper edges together and tie one end of your cracker with ribbon.

Fill with goodies and tie the other end with the same ribbon.

Cut out one small clock and a sprig of holly. Ink paper edges and adhere to your cracker with dimensional flower.

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Make five more crackers in the same way.

To alter your 12 x 12 matchbook box remove packaging and keep the piece of gray board to one side to use inside the box.

Paint your box inner and out pieces with black acrylic paint and leave to dry completely.  Rub candle wax on bottom edges of centre section to help it middle slide into the outer cover easily.

To decorate the inside of your box base:

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Cut two 12” x 1 7/8” strips of Happy Holly-Day paper. Ink edges and stick to opposite inner sides in your box base.

Take the piece of gray board (packaging) and Cut in half lengthways.  Score at ½” in from the long edge on each.

Cut one 12 x 12 sheet of Happy Holly-Day in half (two 6” x 12” pieces). Score both lightly ½” in along one long edge and stick to the gray board. Crease where the paper leaves the board.  Use your cracker(s) as a guide to position and stick these two pieces in place on your box base. They fill the gap above and below the crackers. There should be about a 1” gap between paper edges across the centre of your box base. Cover gap with a 1 ¾” strip of the same paper edges in black.  Cut out a medium sized clock, die cut a black scalloped circle, mat clock and circle together and stick to the centre of the paper band to finish the inside of your box.

To decorate the box cover:

Cut a piece of cellophane large enough to fit over the opening on the outer section of your box cover, and stick in place with narrow double sided tape.

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Cut four strips of green stripy paper 12” wide x 1 7/8” deep.  Trim off 1 7/8” from each and keep to one side.

Stick the long strips around the four edges of the top of your box so the ends just reach past the centre opening.

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Cut three red outer border strips from one 12 x 12 Twas the Night Before Christmas paper. Mount on black card and stick centrally along sides and top edges of your box cover.

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Mount three of the green stripy 17/8” squares on black card and stick them to the top left, top right and bottom right corners of your box cover.

Punch out three 1¾” black circles and four 1½” red spotty circles. Mat the circles together and stick on place on your green stripy corner squares.  

Cut out the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas banner, mount on black card and foam pads.  Keep to one side to add to your box cover later.

For the corner embellishment cut out the following:

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* The large Father Christmas holding the lantern from 12 x 12 Jolly Old Elf paper
* one 5 ¾” square of green stripy paper (Cut in half diagonally) and black card triangle
* to mat it on
* one large clock and a punched black scalloped circle to mat it on
* Sprigs of Holly

I also used two large red Petaloo flowers.

Mat the green and black triangles and stick in place on the bottom left corner of your box cover.

Mat the clock on the die cut scalloped circle, and stick Father Christmas behind these pieces and stick on place on the green triangle.

Add flowers and holly leaves and the Twas the Night Before Christmas banner along the bottom edge of the box cover.

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Cut four more 1 7/8” x 12” strips of green stripy paper for the outer sides of the box cover and box centre. Ink all edges and stick in place to finish off your project.

Supply List

One 12 x 12 Matchbook Box
Three 12 x 12 Twas the Night Before Christmas papers
Two 12 x 12 Happy Holly-Day papers
One 12 x 12 Bundle of Toys papers
Two 12 x 12 Jolly Old Elf papers
Six 12 x 12 Merry Mistletoe papers

Other Supplies:
Black Paint
Score-Pal Score Board
We Are Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
Petaloo Red Flowers
Die Namics Scalloped Circle Die
Spellbinders Labels 29 die
Double sided tape 7 Tacky Glue
Xmas Red Stickles

The holiday inspiration doesn't have to stop here. We have an amazing holiday board on Pinterest that will provide tons of ideas for our DIY holiday gifts and decorations. Take a visit today!


Visit the Graphic 45 Holiday Dreamin' Pinterest Board

Thanks for joining us for this first week of fun. Join us next week for amazing ornament ideas. We can't wait to see you then!

Have a Crafty Weekend,

Graphic 45


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Wow!! That's awesome!!!

Clare's project is pure perfection. Just lovely.

Thank you for the step by step instructions! This will definitely be a gift for some special people

magnifique . j'adore ces papiers

Definitely attempting to make one or more of the cracker boxes!! So cool!!

As usual a beautiful project from Clare and using a glorious G45 collection. Thank you for sharing.

Love Clare's work. Love the crackers.

Love Clare's work! This paper is just so perfect...best Christmas collection so far!

These lovely projects certainly put me in the Christmas frame of mind. Lovely.

Very cool box and poppers.


Homemade crackers, what fun! Thanks for the tutorial.

Love the ideas! Great ideas to even get the kids crafting.

Beautiful and festive projects all week...Thanks!

A lovely project. thanks Clare.

Brilliant - love that idea, could work for so many occasions. Clare you are a marvel. Doesn't that paper look just stunning? G45 Rock.

All the projects have been fantastic, thank you!
Merry Christmas to you all!

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