This is a simple craft activity that my Mum did with us as kids and it is something I enjoy making each year at Christmastime too. I don't think it is much more cost effective than buying Christmas crackers, because they are relatively inexpensive these days, however, you end up getting better quality items on the inside of your cracker than just a simple hat and joke! It is a great craft activity for the kids to get involved with too and Indigo and I had a lot of fun on Friday afternoon making our first batch for the year!
What you will need:
* Cardboard tubes (toilet rolls, paper towel rolls etc) as many as you require.
* Different coloured Christmas wrapping paper
* Sticky Tape
* Curling ribbon
* Fillings for the crackers; i.e chocolates, mini toys, jokes, balloons etc.
Start by filling the cardboard tubes with your assorted fillings. For this batch my son chose, Cadbury Time Out chocolates, Freddo Frogs and some wrapped lollies, put a cross of sticky tape over each end of the tube to stop the fillings falling out. Place the cardboard tube onto a sheet of wrapping paper and roll it up, leaving an overhang at the end of the tube. Use your curling ribbon to tie off each end.. I find it best not to twist the ends, rather use the ribbon to tie them in, curl the ribbons to make them look pretty. And there you have a very simple Christmas cracker.
When the kids pull them on the day, make them say 'Bang!' lol, it adds to the fun and something we thought was good fun as kids.