We have a fun little DIY Christmas project for you today that can get the whole family involved. We are going to show you how to make your own Christmas crackers.
What Are Christmas Crackers?
What are Christmas crackers, you might be wondering. They are a Christmas tradition celebrated in England, Ireland, and many Commonwealth countries around the world. They are festive table decorations that are basically treats wrapped up in paper. When pulled apart, they make a cracking sound.
They are made by inserting candies, trinkets, and sometimes a joke, into a tube and then the tube is wrapped in paper. The two ends are tied up so that the treats don’t fall out before they are supposed to. In our case, we used cute ribbon. When it is time to open them, they are pulled apart by two people, kind of like a wish bone. Then the treats come out, and that’s it.
What You Need
Christmas crackers can easily be made by children. Also, they make colorful additions to a holiday table and can even be used as place cards. So what do you need to make Christmas crackers? It’s very simple. You need tubes, like the kind that hold paper towels. Cut each tube about five to six inches long. Then add your candy and a joke on a piece of paper, if you want to follow tradition. Then wrap the tubes up in colorful wrapping paper that coordinates with your table, and tie them with a ribbon on each end. That is all there is to it. Making these little Christmas crackers is a great way to get children involved in holiday crafts. And what fun for you and them!
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I haven’t made them for several years since we first wrote about them, but this year, they will be on my holiday table. Enjoy this Christmas craft, everyone!