"Homemade crackers add a unique festive touch to your
Christmas table setting. You can choose the paper to fit your scheme—and you
get to pick the gifts that go inside! You can buy little charms or place a
small, different decoration in each cracker. It is traditional for the cracker
to contain a paper hat and a joke, but you can always decide to break with
tradition and write a personal message instead!" — "Handmade Christmas"
Sheet of gift wrap or wallpaper (not too thick)
Cardboard tubing, approx. 1 ½ inches (4 cm) in
Double-sided tape, 3 ⁄8 in. (1 cm) wide
Gifts, hats, jokes, etc.
Ribbon or trimming
To make one cracker, cut an oblong of gift wrap
measuring 6 1/4 x 11 in. (16 x 28 cm). Cut three sections of cardboard tube,
one measuring 4 in. (10 cm) long and two measuring 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) long
Lay the gift wrap, pattern side down, on the work
surface. Place a strip of double-sided tape across the width of the edge
furthest away from you. Line up the three pieces of tube across the middle ofthe oblong. The two smaller pieces line up with the
edge of the oblong and the longer piece is centered between them. Leave a small
gap in between the larger and smaller tubes.
Place the cracker pull in the tubes so that it
emerges equally on each end. Put the gift and anything else in the middle tube.
Peel the backing from the double-sided tape and roll the paper around the tubes
until the edges overlap. Press along the double-sided tape strip to secure in
Wrap a small piece of string around the paper in the
gap between the large and small piece of tube on one side. Overlap the string
and pull slowly and firmly. Remove the string and the small end tube. Repeat
for the opposite end of the cracker. Keep the small tubes to use for the next
Tie a piece of ribbon or trimming to the cracker to
finish. If using ribbon around the ends, don't tie it too tightly or the
cracker may not pull apart successfully.
To help identify each cracker when matching it to your
seating plan, add a matching name label to the cracker. This is especially
important if you have chosen individual gifts to suit each recipient.
Available on Amazon. Excerpted from "Handmade Christmas." Published by Cico Books.