Nov 19

Christmas Crackers DIY

These crackers are traditionally for Christmas but I love making them for dinner parties or birthday parties. When pulled on each side the crackers make a little snap. Inside guests find prizes and treats and a paper crown. You can buy them but they are usually prettier and have better prizes inside if you make them yourself. They make a table look so festive and work great as place cards too. Find the full instructions, sources and photos below.

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Materials Needed: Little Prizes, Paper Crowns, Cracker Snaps, Cardboard Tubes, Wrapping Paper, Scissors, My Favorite Glue (a hot glue gun works too), Ribbon, Shaping Rollers (I buy my cracker supplies from here.)

Step 1: Take your wrapping paper, a snap, and the cardboard tube. Add glue to the end of the paper and then roll up tightly and seal.
Step 2: Remove one side of the cardboard shaper and tie off the end with ribbon. Leave the shaper in while you tie to help the end keep its shape. (Some people add the cardstock to help keep the shape but I prefer it not looking so “stiff.” )
Step 3: Fill with prizes and toys and candies, don’t forget the paper crowns.
Step 4: After the tube is filled with prizes unattach the  shaper, but keep it in while the last side is tied off.
Step 5: Once the cracker is made be sure and glue the brown snaps securely into each side of the cracker.
Step 6: Serve on dinner plates, guests must grasp each side and pull to tear open. Wear the paper crowns while eating!

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Crafting by Julie Manwaring at Flourish & Whim

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