It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – I think you’ll agree. So why not inject a bit of personality into the festivities with these homemade christmas crackers – and save a few pennies whilst you’re at it. No need to pop to the shops for this one, all you need is:
- Some wrapping paper.
- A little treat, e.g. chocolate or a classic novelty gift.
- Loo roll tubes – one for every cracker and two extra.
- Scissors and cellotape (preferably double-sided sticky tape).
- If you’re feeling professional you could buy cracker snaps to put inside, available online.
Start off by cutting a 20cm x 35cm piece of wrapping paper. A fun twist on this would be printing out pictures of the recipient so each cracker is customised and individual to the person cracking it. Next, get one of the loo roll tubes and place it in the centre of the paper, secure it with tape. Place the extra tubes on each side leaving an inch or so between them. Roll the paper around the tubes (try to line up the patterns as best you can), and stick it down in the centre and each end with short pieces of tape. Now wrap the ribbon around the tube in the gap between the two rolls and pull the ends gently so the paper pinches together, be very careful not to tear the paper. Tie a bow and cut the end of the ribbon with a V shape. Once you are happy that the ribbon has closed off the hole (so the chocolate doesn’t fall out), place the joke and treat into the tube. If you fancy, you can make a tissue paper hat and include that. Stuck for joke ideas? Here are a few cheesy classics that will go down a treat: What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas? Cross Mouse Cards! What did the stamp say to the Christmas card? Stick with me and we’ll go places! What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite! And a few reserved for the grown-ups: Why is Christmas just like your job? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit. What’s the difference between snowmen and snowladies? Snowballs. What are the four stages of Christmas throughout life? 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus 3. You dress up as Santa Claus 4. You look like Santa Claus Once you’ve stop laughing, tie the other side with ribbon, then remove the side tubes, leaving a handmade Christmas cracker dying to be pulled! Please feel free to comment on what you put in your cracker, be it a Quality Street, a fake moustache or mini screwdriver. Ella x