Thursday, 3 February 2011

Year of the Rabbit

Gung hay fat choy!

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

Today, Lane and I took a short trip to the Dollar Store to gather supplies for a quick, easy and fun Chinese New Year treat. Gotta teach my kids a little bit about their heritage (I'm half Chinese in case you readers are wondering what this white girl is talking about :P)

I got the idea to make "fake" Chinese firecrackers with treats inside from Silly Precious Piggies. Hers are much more complicated and beautiful. But mine aren't too bad for a little craft that I could do alongside a 17 month old baby.

I started with candy! I put a good mix inside treat bags. I tried to pick candy that the baby could actually eat, so it's mostly Smarties and Junior Mints. Notice Lane's hand in the photo, poised to attack that candy if I wasn't watching carefully enough!

Then I cut up an empty wrapping paper roll. I decided to make 6 Firecrackers. I wasn't going to hang them up as a decoration, so they could all be filled with treats and it didn't matter how heavy they were.

I put the treat bags inside the rolls and then wrapped some yellow and red tissue paper around them. I tied them closed with some pretty gold ribbon.

I was thinking about putting special sayings on the outside or inside, but my kids can't read yet, so maybe it's an idea for another year.

I placed the finished ones in our beautiful red bowl and put them amongst the chaos on our dining room table. I wonder if Logan will notice when he gets home from school?

He totally will. He notices everything! I'll let him "crack" one open for dessert tonight ;)


Sharing this fun treat with:
A Crafty Soiree #23 - Katie's Nesting Spot
Who Made What! Weekends! #8 - Naturally Me Creations
Fantabulous Friday Link Up - Momma's Kinda Crafty
Feature Yourself Friday - Fingerprints on the Fridge
Feature Yourself Friday - Crystal's Craft Spot


Inspired2cook said...

What a fun craft! Kids love these things!!!

Naturally Me Creations said...

This looks like a fun little craft to make! :D I never even thought about using crackers as part of the decor...that could be interesting! :)
For this last Xmas, i also made xmas crackers to put in everybody's goodie bags, but they were a little more fancy, and a lot more work! I think i'll stick to the more simple ones if i do this again. :D

Tnx so much for linking up at my party! :D

Theresa said...

This is such a cute idea! Here is what we did for Chinese New Year.

Unknown said...

What a great idea! Fabulous way to teach ALL kids about different cultures!

And can I just say, Yay! for the year of the rabbit! (I'm a feng shui buff ;)

Unknown said...

Tawny, I'm so glad you tried them out! Great idea to use them in a centerpiece...they look great in your big bowl!

Jenn Erickson said...

What a perfect way to celebrate Asian New Year! I'm going to have to make some for our festivities this year. So glad I saw your link-up at "Naturally Me Creations"!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Jenn/Rook No. 17