Christmas CRACKERS (Poppers) for Festive Occasions – Make your Own and Delight your Guests!
Holiday CRACKERS (Poppers) for Festive Occasions – Make your Own and Delight your Guests !
Christmas Crackers “poppers” were first made in the mid 1800’s in England as a way to encase candies, trinkets and paper hats for celebratory table settings at Christmas time. They also contained a strip of special paper that makes a snap or pop when quickly pulled apart. Now they are sold commercially for any occasion and are usually filled with cheap plastic toys, paper hats and a fortune cookie insert . They were always a disappointment to me – a great exterior with colorful paper and decorations but what poured out of them was not interesting or worth saving.
This inspired me to create my own. The first rounds of experimenting were fun and simple. These early creations years ago were tissue-lined colorful cardboard cones filled with candy.
Then I moved on to collecting interesting crepe, tissue, papers, ribbon and trims. Yard sales are a great place to find bags of ribbon and trim remnants – perfect for small projects like these.
All you need to get started:
4-6″ cardboard rolls ( save from bathroom tissue rolls or buy in crafts stores)
Tissue and Crepe paper
Ribbon and Trim
Double sided tape
Self adhesive rhinestones
Stickers for top decorations
For the filling you can customize based on your guests – imported chocolates, gourmet candies and caramels, silver dollars, lottery tickets, dollar bills, etc. For the top decoration, if you want to customize the crackers for each guest, you can download images and print them on to full page adhesive back paper ( Avery 8465 full page shipping labels) and cut them to size. If the original downloaded image is too large, before you print them out, choose 4 images per page on your print selections and they will be resized smaller.