It’s December! The run-up to Christmas usually makes me more stressed than excited, but I’m now going to make a real effort to celebrate and enjoy the season with Penguin.
So, everyday until Christmas Day we’ll do some kind of ‘christmassy’ activity together, and post it here, like an Advent calendar (may even contain chocolate at some point). First up are these homemade mini christmas cracker decorations, which we made earlier today:
These crackers are purely decorative, they don’t contain any paper hats, jokes or novelty toys, and won’t go bang if pulled. You could of course put something inside them if you wish to do so. Perhaps some lentils or rice, or even a little bell, for making sounds? Or maybe snacks of some kind, which can be eaten when the decorations come down in January.
I’m no “Pinterest Mum” and not an amazingly craftsy person. I enjoy the idea of making things, but the results aren’t always what I was hoping for… So I like to keep things really simple, both for my sake and because I want Penguin to be able to take part actively without too much help. When we make things, I like it to be as much of a joint effort as possible.
For these little Christmas Crackers we used:
- 4 sheets of tissue paper, A4 size (2 mossy green and 2 red)
- 1 empty toilet roll
- Some string (we used black yarn)
- Stickers (these came free with Tesco’s Christmas catalogue)
The only tool needed is a pair of scissors.
So, there we are, mini Christmas crackers all done!
If you decide to make some too, please let me know how you get on, and of course feel free to share this with others who might enjoy this too!
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4 thoughts on “Making Mini Christmas Crackers”
What a great idea to make your own! We (the U.S.) don’t typically celebrate with these, but they are popular in my house thanks to Hubster’s grandmother who was a British national. #GlobalBlogging
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Thank you, Heather! And that’s cool to hear, I grew up in Sweden and we used to make these type of crackers all the time, but only ever for decorational purposes, mainly to hang in the Christmas tree. Some put nuts, raisins or candy in them, and kids are then allowed to tear the crackers open and eat the sweets when the tree comes down in January.
I didn’t know about the British use of Christmas crackers until I met my (English) hubby.
Maybe you could make some of these with dog treats inside, for Lola to rip apart and enjoy?! 😀x
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Lola would love a doggy cracker – I think I will do that this year!