Christmas crackers, which are British in origin, are perfect stocking stuffers, and they're also a lot of fun to open at parties. They often feature a cracker "snap," made with chemicals, that creates a loud noise when the cracker is pulled. I've left that technical element out for a variety of reasons, but these crackers still pack a punch of fun. Read on for a quick craft that combines upcycling with holiday cheer. P.S. They're so easy, you'll find yourself making them for other holidays, parties, and special occasions that call for little surprises!
1. Gather your materials.
- Toilet paper roll tubes
- Tissue Paper
- Ribbon, string, twine, or other material for tying
- Trinkets, candy, or any stuffer you choose
Some other popular items to stuff crackers have included folded paper crowns, jokes, and love notes or holiday wishes.
2. Fold the wrapping paper.
Fold a standard piece of wrapping paper in half with the folded end closest to you. Place a toilet paper roll tube at that same end in the bottom center of the wrapping paper.
3. Stuff your cracker.
I think it’s easiest to stuff your cracker at this point. You can also stuff it after you have rolled up the toilet paper roll tube and have tied one side. If you have small pieces (like coins or candy), you can also stuff a few pieces of tissue paper into the ends of the tube to keep everything from flying out when the crackers are opened.
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