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This tradition was brought to my family through my brother in law, and now is looked forward to each year. Here is an easy way to make your own Crackers.
To create the crown fold a full sheet of tissue paper in half (hot dog style) and fold it in half two more times the same direction. Then draw part of the crown on the bottom and cut. When you unfold it you should have points all the way around. Attach the two ends with a piece of tape and fold it so it will fit into the tube.
Tape a charge inside the tube so that the strings come out each end place your candy, crowns, fortunes, prizes, and confetti inside the tube. Then wrap in up in tissue paper with extra sticking out each side. Tie each end with some ribbon, make sure the charge string is sticking out, you will pull these to make the pop and the prizes will come out.
Have everyone gather in a circle with their cracker. Then cross arms, with each person holding one end of their cracker and grabbing the end of the cracker of the person next them. At the count of 3, everyone pulls on the crackers. The crackers will all pop and the prizes will fall out of the tubes. Then everyone can put on their crown and read their fortunes! It's a nice tradition.
I use paper rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap, and anything else that has a roller in it. I have used them for all sorts of gifts:
Once I have these filled, I wrap them with the appropriate wrapping paper. Gather the paper at the ends and tie with ribbon pink for females, blue for males, and label them. At some craft shops you can buy the "snapper" that goes in the center, if you are using these be sure they are long enough to stick out both ends so they can be pulled.
I also do these and sell at craft fairs, I find making separate one for boys and girls, mom, dad, and pets are great sellers. I wrap them once they are filled and put a small sticker on them for what category they are for. Mom and Dad ones, I tie with pink or blue ribbon, same with the boys and girls. Be sure to mark what they are for, boys or dads, girl or moms, pets should be labeled for cats, dogs, or birds.
Have fun making these and the ones that get them will have fun opening them.
By Rose Marie G. from Merritt, BC, Canada
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Cut a piece of tissue paper or gift wrap paper large enough to wrap completely around the tube with enough extra paper at each end to tie with curling ribbon. (When placing the cardboard tube on the paper, leave a half-inch space between the rolls. This will make the breaking open of the popper easier for the recipient.) Secure the paper with a piece of tape.
Secure one end of the tube by twisting the paper and tying with a length of curling ribbon. Insert the treats (candy, small toys, stickers, etc. or small gift) and close the remaining end as directed above using the curling ribbon.If plain tissue paper is used, the outside can be decorated with stickers or a hand-drawn design. If making these for a party, simply place the poppers in a festive bowl. This can be used as a table centerpiece or "served"to guests at the proper time!
Pam from McMinnville, TN
Turn ordinary Christmas crackers into glamorous décor items for your Christmas Eve table. Just by adding a few simple elements to something as ordinary as a cracker, it is possible to have a table that wows your guests without breaking the bank in the process.
It's always nice to reuse things. A good thing in our house is to make our own Christmas crackers or crackers for a special event. We saved some empty toilet rolls.