Christmas crackers - why not make your own?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 28 November 2017
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As you prepare for the festive season, you may wish to consider making your own Christmas crackers.
Making your own crackers can be a great way to get the children involved in the Christmas preparations.
And you can take different approaches to achieving the same ends - that of having homemade crackers.
If you want to aim for the professional look, then there are plenty of options for getting the necessary items from online craft shops and many stores in the shopping areas of East Devon.
But if you want to go for the more homely feel, you can uses empty toilet roll holders, decorative paper such as Christmas wrapping paper, home decorated paper or even something as simple as an old newspaper.
You will also need scissors, glue or sticky tape, some colourful ribbon, cracker snaps, a paper hat (you could make this yourself), a joke (you can hand-write these from a joke book) and a small gift.
All you need to do is cut a piece of decorative paper to about A4 size (roughly 20cm by 30cm), place a toilet roll on it in the middle and feed a cracker snap through the tube and stick it to the paper at both ends.
Then, lay cardboard tubes at either end of the original tube and roll the paper around, sticking it to the central tube.
If you work the end tubes out a little, you can scrunch the paper to mark where to tie the ribbon.
Slide in the hat, joke and gift (making sure it is small enough) then tie the ribbons and bang!, your homemade cracker is ready for use.