I posted last year about how easy it is to make your own Christmas Crackers (bonbons). I love that personalizing them means that you have full creative license to create different themes each year. Last year, we did a Christmas theme for the visual aesthetic and I hand decorated wooden beads (my daughter still has them!). This year I thought I would celebrate New Zealand’s summer with an ocean theme as well as changing the gifts inside to match Miss 3’s interests (she has autism and adores things in miniature).
- Cracker snaps
- Cardboard tubes (inner tubes from paper towels are perfect, just cut in half).
- Your choice of cracker filling.
- Blue crepe paper
- Super glue (or glue gun)
Note: Davids Emporium sells cracker snaps for 30 cents each just ask at the sales counter.
For the inside, I did little plastic bags containing: Christmas joke, stickers, and a miniature Christmas cookie / Christmas pudding etc. These will inevitably get gifted to Miss 3 for her dollhouse 🙂 They are adorable and were a wonderful find in the button / crafts section, again at Davids Emporium.
- 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 put mine in a tiny sealed plastic bag.
- Roll the tube in crepe paper and tie at each end with twine; make sure that you have enough paper at each end to cover the cracker snap that is sticking out & to comfortably pull it. Super glue (or glue gun) on the sea shells.