This Christmas avoid bringing unwanted plastic toys into your home and make your own Christmas crackers. No one ever really uses a mini set of cards, puzzle pieces, moustache combs or packs of dice. It is really easy to make your own crackers and fill them with goodies that your family will enjoy.
What you’ll need:
Christmas wrapping paper
Cracker snaps (found in craft shops)
Christmas hats (homemade or found in craft shops)
Toilet roll cardboard tubes or kitchen roll cardboard tubes (Cut in half)
Goodies to put into the cracker (sweets, pencils, flower seeds, scratch cards, hairbands, search through charity shops for preloved trinkets)
Printed jokes (on recycled paper)
How to make your own Christmas crackers
- Thread a cracker snap through your toilet/kitchen roll tube and stick with sellotape to the inside.
- Cut your Christmas paper with a height enough to cover the roll completely, and the width to cover the tube with around 5cm extra on each side to twist and tie.
- Wrap your tube and sellotape in the middle, close one end of the cracker by twisting the paper and tying with string. Ensure that each of the twists have the cracker snap poking out of the cracker (or there will be no classic ‘snap’)
- Pull the end of the paper open to recreate the classic cracker shape.
- In the open end fill your cracker with your chosen goodies, remember a Christmas hat, a joke and your prizes.
- Tie the other end with string and add name tags if your prizes are bought for specific people… (hopefully they will win!)
Grace has quit the 9-5 lifestyle in London to study marine conservation in Thailand. She will subsequently work as a scuba diving instructor with emphasis on teaching students about marine conservation and anthropogenic impacts to our oceans. Her favourite eco product is Oliva Olive Oil Soap.