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.
- toilet paper rolls
- crêpe paper in orange and black
- glue stick
- small toys and candies to place inside
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
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.