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Christmas Crackers - An Easy Christmas Craft Idea, suitable for kids or adults!
Many of us love the idea of getting involved in making homemade decorations but have no experience in Arts and Crafts! Christmas Crackers are a suitable Christmas Craft for preschool kids, Kindergarten kids, preschool, and elementary school kids - teenagers and adults might also like to join in the fun! Make free, easy, simple crafts with things found around the home. This idea for Christmas Crackers has free, easy simple to make instructions.

Materials required to make the Christmas Crackers
The materials required to make the Christmas Crackers are as follows:

  • Sheets of crepe paper in different colours

  • Sheets of white paper

  • Cardboard rolls (toilet or kitchen rolls)

  • Glue / Gum

  • String

  • Small Gifts

  • Glitter / Stickers -  Optional

  • Cotton / Thin Ribbon

  • Jokes / Personalised messages

  • Snapper (available from craft shops)

  • Pinking Shears / Scissors

  • Needle

 

Instructions to make the Christmas Crackers
The instructions to make the Christmas Crackers are as follows:

  • Cut cardboard rolls so they are all the same size.

  • Cut crepe paper to size. (use a pinking shears to give the crackers a scalloped edge). Ensure crepe paper sheets are large enough to overlap cardboard tube at either side.

  • Repeat until you have enough sheets of crepe paper for the amount of crackers required.

  • Cut sheets of white paper slightly smaller than crepe paper to use as lining for Christmas cracker.

  • Repeat until you have enough sheets of lining paper for the amount of crackers required.

  • Carefully perforate around the middle of the cardboard tube with a needle to ensure it pulls apart easily.

  • Insert snapper into tube.

  • Add gifts and jokes / personalized message to centre of cardboard tube.

  • Cover cardboard tube with lining paper and crepe paper. Roll until cardboard is completely covered with crepe paper. Apply a thin line of glue along the edge of the crepe paper to seal and leave to dry.

  • Gather the ends of the cracker and tie with cotton or thin ribbon.

  • Decorate the cracker with glitter or Christmas stickers.

  • Don’t forget to personalise the cracker to ensure each of your guests receives the correct gift. Perhaps choose a different colour crepe paper for children’s, men and women’s crackers.

Hints and Tips about Christmas Crafts
With a basic stock of materials and supplies together with our ideas with free, easy and simple instructions you can embark on really easy craft projects for kids such as the Christmas Crackers. Our Hints and Tips about Christmas Crafts are as follows:

  • Collect bits of cardboard, pinecones, shiny stuff like foil or candy wrappings, old greetings cards, pretty paper, scraps of fabric and cartons and containers

  • Ensure the following equipment is available:

    • Sharp scissors (to be used under supervision)

    • Stapler

    • Adhesives, tape and glues

    • Pens, pencils, paint, markers and crayons

    • Glitter and sequins

    • Pieces of ribbons

    • Aluminum foil

    • Ruler

Give the Christmas Crackers as a Christmas Gift
Make this free homemade gift for a family member and give the Christmas Crackers as a Christmas Gift. Homemade gifts, especially from children are treasured for years and valued more than gifts simply purchased in a store!

Ideas for Christmas cracker gifts:

  • Girls – Hair Elastics, Hair Slides, Bracelets, Rings

  • Boys – Small Plastic Cars, Aeroplanes, Trains, Animals

  • Female Guests – Costume Jewellery, eye shadows, miniature perfume bottles

  • Male Guests – Miniature aftershave bottles, miniature spirit bottles, cuff links.

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