Monday, December 6, 2010

Studio 5: Christmas Crackers

When my daughter saw my Christmas Cracker segment all ready to go, she exclaimed "Are we having these for Christmas? It's just like Harry Potter!" Keep in mind, my daughter is 19! BIG Harry Potter fan.


Cristmas Crackers are a very traditional English tradition and even though I am not English, I love the idea. It's interactive, playful, decorative and just one more surprise for Christmas...just when you thought it was over!
You can purchase pre-made Christmas crackers, but making them yourself is inexpensive, customized and can be a fun family activity.



What starts as a beautiful table favor ends with an ‘explosive' pop and surprises for your dinner guests. To open crackers, grab each end of the cracker snap and pull apart quickly. Be sure to hold the cracker down and away from your face or anyone elses. You can also do this with two people, especially for younger children.


Fillers traditionally include a paper tissue crown and yes, you must wear the hat to get the most out of your cracker pulling experience! Something written out is usually included, like a joke, quote or personal message. Small candy or chocolate and a little gift is also added to the mix. Just be sure it fits into the tube!


You can also embellish the cracker ties with ribbon and christmas d├ęcor, like berries, holly, tags etc…


Purchasing the do-it-yourself cracker supplies makes is very easy and the tubes are strong and large. I would order 2 rollers, tubes and enough cracker strips to last a few years.  The tubes and rollers can be re-used of course. Toilet paper roll instructions are included as well, but the rolls will be smaller and not quite as sturdy.  You can buy these supplies at
Step 1: Cut a piece of wrapping paper 12” x 6”. Place adhesive along one end. Lay on table. Fill tube with goodies. Connect tube to cracker rollers. Lay Cracker snap next to rollers, wrap and adhere. Keep it still so goodies don’t move.

Step 2: Carefully pull crackers rollers away from tube. Start to pinch the wrapping paper in between the rollers and tube. Continue to move rollers away until you can pinch the wrapping paper together.

Step 3: Tie ribbon around ends.

Step 4: Pull cracker rollers out. Optional: Add extra embellishment to ribbon.

How to make your own crackers from Toilet Paper Rolls


These aren’t as large or as study as the rolls you can buy, but they work in a pinch.

You’ll need 3 toilet paper rolls to create your own cracker rollers and then one toilet paper roll for each tube.

Cracker rollers enable a smooth, perfect end cap.







6 comments:

Cheryl said...

I used to make something similar for my nieces and nephews while they were growing up - using toilet paper rolls. Fun tradition.

Tania on the Hill said...

I love recycling, andI love your idea!!
/thanksfor sharing.
xoxo

kwgirl said...

I had NO idea there was actually a site to order all the Christmas Cracker paraphernalia! I must admit I HATE wearing the silly paper hat. Love being able to tailor make it to the person:) Thanks for such a great
episode and all the step by step pics!

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