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Christmas Poppers

December 7, 2010

One of my very favorite Christmas movies is The Snowman.  It’s a sweet story about the magic that can happen when we believe in something outside ourselves.  I’ve loved it since I was a little girl.  (You can watch it on YouTube in  1, 2, 3 parts.)  At one point in the movie there is a snowman Christmas party, and everyone is pulling Christmas poppers apart.  Inspired by that scene, for Day Nine of A Handmade Christmas I made some poppers of my own.

decorated poppers

It’s a pretty easy project.  Materials needed are cardstock (or toilet paper rolls) colored tissue paper, some scraps of ribbon and hot glue.  You can use some decorative scissors to trim the ends of the tissue paper before you wrap them up.

poppers how to mosaic

I just used a really thin line of hot glue to secure my cardstock into a tube.  And then because the hot glue gun was just sitting there I used it to glue the tissue paper to the roll (you could probably use a gluestick or double sided tape just as easily).  You could use these to wrap small presents instead of filling them up with treats.  (Use a cotton ball at each end to help protect delicate items.)  Of course, I prefer the treats.  Unless it was a diamond tennis bracelet.  I’d trade my standards M&M’s for diamonds anyday.  Well, anyday I had access to my secret chocolate stash.

pink poppers

You can decorate each finished popper with scraps of ribbon, or paper, or fabric, or teensy little snowflakes. You could add one or two of these onto another gift as a topper, or use them to wrap money, or gift certificates.

popped popper

Tear open and enjoy your treat inside!  Actually, they are so cute I might make these for every single holiday and non holiday aike.  I love the way they look all together.  For a few of them I used two pieces of colored tissue paper to give the ends a little more color.

bowl of poppers

Now I’m off to finish watching The Snowman with Creamie.  And then we are going to tear a few of these apart so I she we can eat the M&M’s inside.  And then we’ll probably watch it again.  Because who doesn’t need more magic in their life.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2010 5:04 pm

    These are adorable!!! I love the ribbon wrapped around them.

  2. December 7, 2010 7:06 pm

    these are so pretty! perfect for gift cards. your photos are lovely 🙂 happy holidays!

  3. December 7, 2010 7:27 pm

    We call them Christmas crackers, and there is a little poppy thing inside that kind of explodes when pulled apart. They have always been part of my English family’s tradition, but I’ve never made them myself. Yours are so cute!

  4. December 7, 2010 9:05 pm

    everything you make is so dang pretty! seriously – you’re amazing!!

  5. December 8, 2010 9:32 am

    What an awesome idea and they look great. I totally want to use this to perk up a smaller gift 🙂

  6. December 8, 2010 10:23 am

    like ur stuff! Giving a lot inspiration.^^

  7. December 8, 2010 11:10 am

    super fun!

  8. December 8, 2010 4:45 pm


    So fun! You could do so many things with these! Thanks for sharing!

    xo -El

  9. December 10, 2010 6:35 am

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s simple yet fun! I’m thinking of making it for some kids in church. 🙂

  10. July 18, 2012 9:07 am

    I featured this today on my blog’s Christmas in July celebration

    I have a featured grab button if you’d like!


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