Dear Chicago House,
When I was in the UK a few weeks back I saw loads of boxes of Christmas Crackers..sadly they were too bulky for me to carry back to the US. They are traditionally used as a festive table favor..you choose a partner to pull your cracker, the winner is left with a trinket, paper hat and lame joke!
You can occasionally find them in stores here…but this year I have not had the time to hunt them down…so…I thought I’d have a stab at making my own.
How to make Christmas Crackers.
What you need
- Nice thick festive paper. I used scrap booking paper which was the perfect size to produce 2 crackers
- Christmas Cracker template ( or you can simply measure out)
- Toilet roll
- Double sided tape
- Small gift to place inside cracker
Start by cutting your paper to size. Each cracker requires a piece of paper 12″ by 6″. You can either measure and pencil out as shown below or print out our template.
Fold as illustrated above .
Your paper will now look like this.
Fold the paper in on itself and carefully snip triangle shapes as shown.
Do both sides
Using double sided tape stick paper to a toilet roll, starting at one edge.
Add more tape to finish the ends
Add you gift, joke, paper hat or what ever takes your fancy and seal ends with some pretty ribbon. I curled my ribbon with scissors.
Creative in Chicago