Christmas Crackers are a fun, simple, and inexpensive way to add a little treat to your kids’ table, Christmas Tree, or Christmas packages.
Now, if you have never heard of Christmas Crackers, here is a quick lesson for you – They were invented in the UK in the mid 1800’s by Tom Smith, a London Sweet Maker. Today, a Christmas Cracker is traditionally given next to your Christmas dinner plate. While they used to be quite fancy and much larger, these simple tissue paper ones are easier to put together but just as cute.
You need just a few craft supplies that are probably already laying around your house and of course some small candy and trinkets to fill them with. These can be made for children but easily modified for a fun adult party favor too.
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Tissue paper (you can also use wrapping paper)
- Ribbon or twine
- Small items for filing, such as individually wrapped candy, glitter, confetti, small toys, jokes, quotes, barrettes or fortunes on slips of paper
- Carefully cut empty paper rolls in half.
- Cut tissue paper to 8”- 10”, I like leave a generous amount of paper on each end for tying off.
- Hold paper rolls together and place on one end of 2 layers of tissue paper.
- Fill rolls with trinkets, candy, glitter,etc..
- Roll away from you, tightly.
- Tie off each end with curling ribbon or twine.
- To make it a bit easier to break open the cracker take something with a very small point like the end of a metal coat hanger, or this scrapbook piercing tool like I used and poke small holes all around the center where your two halves join.
- Decorate with stickers, drawings, or glitter glue.
Our Christmas tree and home decor is woodsy so I thought it would be fun to make them match with our theme. You could make yours with any theme or color scheme. And since they are so simple to make, they would be a perfect kid’s craft – let the kids put together their own Christmas crackers for friends or siblings.
Here are the visual steps:
That’s it! How easy is that?
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