No Christmas table is complete without bon bons is it? The fun of tearing them to pieces, the terrible jokes, the silly hats, the weird, occasionally inexplicable plastic toys. It all adds a wonderful bit of a ridiculousness, so bon bons simply has to be a feature in the four part Christmas Table setting make-along (if you missed the first part/intro, you can see is by clicking here!).
DIY Christmas Bon Bons
The bon bons we’re going to make are super easy and customisable, so get your creativity on and let’s go!
You will need:
- Cardboard rolls (and bon bons snaps. I purchased my bon bon rolls from Spotlight, but alas, they did not come with bon bon snaps, so I shall encourage my Christmas guests to yell ‘bang!’ when they pull them…)
- Cellophane and/or tissue paper in the colour of your choice
- Ribbon in the colour of your choice, (preferably a colour that contrasts with your paper. I chose something sparkly!)
- Bits and bobs to put in your bon bons – I have jokes, chocolates, Christmas stickers and a recipe for gingerbread
- Double sided tape and scissors
Step 1: Prepare all your bon bons goodies. I sourced my jokes from Google (the advantage of which is that you can veto the *really* terrible ones, and just keep the hilariously terrible ones), and typed up my own gingerbread recipe, printed and cut them, ready to be put into the bon bons. You might like to find some other little Christmas goodies, like small ornaments, or even make your own bon bons hats!
Step 2: Measure out your paper. If you’re using cellophane like me, I suggest using a piece of white tissue paper underneath the cellophane, to help strengthen the colour. If you’re doing this, cut the piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than the cellophane, so it doesn’t stick out the ends too much. My bon bon rolls are approximately 10cm in length, and I’ve measured about 12cm either side of the roll, to allow nice shaped ends. It might seem like a lot of overhang, but once you tie them up, your ends should be just the right size.
Step 3: Place your goodies into the bon bon roll (including the bon bon snaps if you have them) and roll tightly in the paper. I found it helped to use a little bit of tape to stop the paper moving as I rolled (as pictured). When you get to the end, take a piece of double sided tape and stick it neatly right near the edge of your paper. Roll the bon bon onto the double sided tape, and you should have a nice, neat edge on your bon bon.
Step 4: Measure out your ribbon and tie up your bon bons. I used around 14cm of ribbon on each end, but it depends if you want a big floppy bow, or a little, tight cute bow. Pretty up your bows, and you’re done. Too easy!
What’s the best terrible bon bon joke you’ve ever heard? Do you like to wear silly bon bon hats, or is that your worst nightmare?
Bonus Gingerbread Recipe!
Gingerbread is one of those things that I think everyone has they’re own version of, but this is the one I’ve been making since I was about 6 years old! I’d love to know what yours is. Recipe swap anyone?
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2.5 (approx) cups of plain flour (more will be needed)
- 115g of butter
- 2 dessert spoons of golden syrup
- 1/2 tea spoon of bicarb soda
- 1.5 teaspoons of powdered ginger
- 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 eggs (beaten)
Melt sugar, butter and golden syrup in saucepan until smooth. Remove from heat, pour into mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly, then add the beaten eggs. After this, add all the dry ingredients, and stir until combined (add a little more flour if mixture seems too soft). Roll out the dough (not too thin!) and cut into fun Christmassy shapes. Decorate with desired decorations and bake for 12 – 15 mins at 180 degrees Celsius. Consume with gusto!