Making your own Christmas Crackers (or Bonbons) can be a lot of fun, cost effective, and a nice way to really personalise them. It can also be a relief as a parent with a young toddler because you can tailor them to be age appropriate (i.e. avoiding choking hazards).
- Cracker snaps
- Cardboard tubes (inner tubes from paper towels are perfect, just cut in half).
- Your choice of cracker filling.
- Wrapping paper
Note: Davids Emporium sells cracker snaps for 30 cents each just ask at the sales counter.
You can have a lot of fun choosing what you want to put inside your crackers depending on your budget, ages, and family interests. You might love silly kids jokes (like: What does a duck eat at Christmas? Quackers!), or love Minties, or want to do a toy car each. Party / variety shops can be useful, so can buying stuff from the supermarket when it’s on sale.
I decided to include in each cracker a little note, balloon, a wooden animal (from the button section of the craft store) and a chocolate. My toddler loves balloons and the chocolates are my mum’s favourite flavour. I also decided to add little wooden beads as decorations that I knew my toddler would enjoy playing with afterwards.
- Take a cracker snap and place it inside in your tube (it should stick out each end with a comfortable amount to pull on). Lightly sellotape it at each end to hold in place.
- Assemble your cracker filling and slide it into the tube. I wrapped mine in the note & then used an elastic band to hold it together.
- Roll the tube in paper and tie at each end; make sure that you have enough paper at each end to cover the cracker snap that is sticking out & to comfortably pull it. I found Christmas paper & ribbon to be ideal. You could also try something like crepe paper, twine, and hot glue on sea shells. You can be as creative as you like!