Halloween Crackers

For all of you who can’t bear those rubbishy cracker toys and are equally unimpressed by the flimsy hats that never fit properly, I encourage you to elevate the status of the cracker! It’s been with us since Victorian times and appears to need a little help. Why not have kids make their own fabulous polymer clay minis to put inside, along with an assortment of yummy, quality candy, and some printed words for inspiration or a few laughs. These crackers won’t pop when you open them, but there’s still that satisfying feeling of destruction that comes with pulling them apart.

Materials

  • toilet paper rolls
  • crêpe paper in orange and black
  • glue stick
  • small toys and candies to place inside
  • ribbon
  • scissors

It turns out that you can actually buy the thing that makes the popping sound in a cracker. Here you go, if you’re so inclined: cracker snaps

Instructions

1. Cut a piece of crêpe paper large enough to cover the toilet paper roll, leaving about 3 to 4 inches on each end. You can always trim them later if they are too long. Apply some glue along the length of the roll, press one edge of crêpe paper onto it and wrap completely around the roll until covered. Now add glue to the inside of the other edge of the paper, and press onto the roll.

2. If you are using cracker snaps, now would be the time to insert them. Use ribbon to tie one end closed, making sure to keep the cracker snap in place. Select a few small items to place inside the paper roll, like toys, candy and an inspirational saying or a joke. You can even include some homemade polymer clay miniatures which were made in my last post. Now tie the other end closed, and use scissors to curl the ribbon.

3. Any number of things can be used to decorate the outside of the cracker including other colours of crêpe paper cut into interesting shapes, stickers, or plastic creatures. To open the cracker, have children hold each end and pull until it breaks apart.

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19 responses to “Halloween Crackers

  1. Cute idea! I’ve seen these at Christmas time but never thought about it for Halloween. What a great gift for special little trick or treaters who deserve a little something extra. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  2. What a fun idea to have crackers for Halloween!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  3. This is brilliant! I have a stash of tp rolls that would be great for this project. I hope you will stop by and link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven’t already.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/09/2012-wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas.html

  4. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, halloween themed linky party, live today!
    http://tessacotton.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-link-party.html

  5. These are so fun! Aren’t old traditions, like ones we’ve passed from Victorian times, the best? I can’t wait to try these out and add them to our family’s traditions, as well! Thanks for the easy tutorial.

  6. These would be cute on a Halloween tree – doing one next year – thanks for sharing your idea!

  7. Oh, fantastic! I wanted to make crackers this Halloween and I’d forgotten until now. These look great!

  8. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    I like the idea of applying this to Halloween! Fun!

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party.❤ Christina at I Gotta Create!

  9. I love this! What a great idea, and so easy to do! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. :)

  10. Thank you so much for linking with my Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop last week. I have listed your posting as one of my featured links for this week. The party goes live at midnight.

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  11. super cute idea. I think I’ll make them for Thanksgiving, which I host, for all the kiddos. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  13. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Sorry I’m visiting/commenting so late!

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