Make Your Own Festive Christmas Crackers

Christmas in South Africa just wouldn't be the same if there were no crackers. First made around 1840, Christmas crackers are really easy to make. All you need is toilet paper rolls, no fray material, a wide ribbon and cracker snaps to make it go pop!!
Measure the length and circumference of the toilet roll and cut the following for each cracker:
- A ribbon that's 2.5 cm longer than the circumference
- A piece of material that's twice a the length of the roll and 2.5 cm wider than the circumference, cut in half.
- Find the half way mark in the toilet roll land cut in half leaving a little bit to hold it together.
Put some glue on the cut edges of the toilet roll and carefully line up the cut edges of the your material with the toilet roll. Add the cracker snaps and roll the material over the toilet roll. Secure with some more glue.
To hide the cut or gap, add the ribbon and tie down with a piece of string. Tie one end of the cracker closed with a piece of string.
Now for the fun bit. Add the gifts, a personal message, a party hat or whatever else you like.
Once the goodies have been added tie off the other end of the cracker with another piece of string and your Christmas crackers are ready.
The best thing about these crackers is they can be reused next year., well that's if your guests don't take them home with them ;-) Just replace the cracker snaps and toilet roll and fill with new pressies.
Have you made your own crackers? What would you fill them with?
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Michelle Leslie
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  • Ansune Ansune on Dec 07, 2016
    Good day, I really want to make this, but I want to know where I can buy the cracker snaps.


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