Looking for some extra festive fun in the lead up to Christmas? Making your own Christmas crackers is not only easy, but it’s fun to share with the whole family.
All you will need is:
• Your favourite wrapping paper
• Cracker snaps (these can be bought inexpensively from most craft shops.)
• 3 Empty Toilet Rolls
• Token gifts, handwritten jokes and christmas hat
Firstly, roll out your wrapping paper and cut a landscape rectangle measuring 20cm (across) x 30 cm (down). Take your rectangle, turn face down and measure 10cm in from each end. Mark the 10cm point, by drawing a line from bottom to top, firmly with a sharp pencil.
Next, take one of your Cracker Snaps and affix with a dot of glue at either end in a straight line across the top of the rectangle.
You should end up with something like this:
Using your pencil markings, place 3 used toilet rolls in the columns drawn out. Delicately roll the toilet rolls so the wrapping paper wraps around and covers them. I like to add a dot of glue in the centre to hold the paper together nicely.
You’ll now have a wrapped cylinder. Pull one of the end toilet rolls out very slightly. Gently twist and push the end back inwards to make a crease – this will become your first end. Grab your cut of ribbon and tie in a neat bow around your newly made crease. Once you’ve got it to look exactly how you want, remove the toilet roll altogether.
Take your gifts, hand written joke, Christmas hat (and anything else you want to throw in for that matter) through the opposite end, then repeat the last step (ensuring none of your inner items fall out in the process).
You should now be looking at your final cracker. Now you can really get creative and decorate further using nameplates and co-ordinating bows.
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