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Birthday Candle Christmas Crackers

This one’s for everyone with December birthdays. Just because it’s the holiday season, it doesn’t mean you can wrap their Christmas & birthday presents into one! Instead, here’s a special DIY for Christmas crackers shaped like birthday candles. Make a bunch as a fun surprise for the birthday girl or boy and fill them up with mini treats, toys and candy.

Birthday Candle Christmas Crackers | Oh Happy Day!Birthday Candle Christmas Crackers | Oh Happy Day!Birthday Candle Christmas Crackers | Oh Happy Day!

Supplies: Crepe paper, empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, cracker snaps, string, tape, candy/treats, scissors, hot glue gun, washi tape, white card stock

Step 1: Cut a piece of white card stock so that it is 9 1/2″ long and 8 1/2″ wide – this length allows the cracker snaps to stick out a little on the ends. Roll it snugly around the toilet paper roll and tape to secure. If you are using a paper towel roll, make sure to cut it down to 9 1/2″ long too before attaching the card stock.
Step 2: Wrap a 15″ long piece of white crepe paper around the roll and tape to secure. It’s a good idea to line up the seam of the crepe paper with the seam of the card stock – that way, the other side is as nice as possible.
Step 3: On one end, loosely tie the crepe paper with string. Feed the cracker snap through so that a little bit of it is caught in the knot. Tighten the knot and tie another to secure.
Step 4: Trim away the excess crepe paper, being careful not to cut the cracker snap. Gently push this end up into the tube so that the roll can stand upright on this end.
Step 5: Fill the cracker with candy and treats for the birthday girl or boy!
Step 6: Tie off the second end as well, making sure the cracker snap extends out a little bit. Trim away the excess crepe paper.
Step 7: Cut a zig zag strip of yellow crepe paper about 5″ long. I made the height of the flames on one end slightly taller than the other end so that when wrapped more flames are visible.
Step 8: Apply small dabs of hot glue on top of the string at the top of the candle cracker. Gently scrunch the flame crepe and apply it around the string until the full length is attached, as shown below.
Step 9: Starting from the top, apply washi tape around the candle in a spiral. Leave a little bit of excess tape at both the top and bottom edges.
Step 10: Add another strip of washi tape to the candle cracker, centered in the gap the other washi tape left. At the bottom, roll excess tape inward so that it is hidden.
Step 11: At the top, carefully snip the excess tape away so that the washi tape lines up with the edge of the tube. Repeat for as many candles as needed!

Birthday Candle Christmas Crackers | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Jamie

    December 3, 2014

    Woop! December birthdays unite!

  2. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity

    December 3, 2014

    So cute and my hubby has a birthday in two days so I might try this. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Jessica

    December 3, 2014

    This is so great! x

    http://www.wild-cherrytree.com

  4. Justine

    December 3, 2014

    Love this! My sister-in-law’s birthday is ON Christmas so maybe I should make these for her. :)

  5. Christina

    December 3, 2014

    These are adorable!

    – Christina
    http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

  6. Wita | Design is Yay

    December 3, 2014

    My niece and nephew would love this! Thank you :)

  7. Monique | WritingMonique

    December 4, 2014

    I love this! I adore crackers and these are so special!

  8. Stacy Allen

    December 4, 2014

    It is really good topic to me. It help me to increase my skill. Please give more post about on this topic. Thank u.

  9. Meredith@EverydayEnthusiastic

    December 4, 2014

    How cute are these?? We do crackers every holiday season with my family and it never even dawned on me that I could try making them myself. Thank you for the inspiration! @Jamie – I’m with you on the December birthdays! If we stick together, they can’t forget about us amidst Christmas, Hanukkah, NYE, etc! 😉

    Best,
    Meredith

  10. Rebekah @ Ritzy Reba

    December 14, 2014

    So creative and adorable! Thank you!

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