Christmas Crackers are quite easy to make, the only problem I found when making them was that as they are so small, they would collapse when shaping. So as little tip I will pass onto you is to use *Extra Slim Cigarette Filters, to help keep the shape.
For the outer wrapping of your Christmas Cracker you will need a strip of paper chain, a metallic colour gives a festive feel.
Cut a piece of paper chain 4cm long
Roll the paper chain around a pencil or paint brush handle, to soften the paper and help with the curve.
Cut three cigarette filters into 1cm pieces.
Put glue on the paper chain and space the 3 filters evenly spaced along the edge. Place the end filters slightly away from the edge to allow space when gathering together.
Roll the filters in the paper chain paper. Making sure the edges are neat.
For decoration, cut two 1cm strips of paper chain.
Roll the paper chain decoration as above. Feel gently where the gap is on the cracker and glue on the decoration.
Using strong thread, wind around the cracker and gently pull tight.
And there you are one Christmas Cracker, ready to be decorated.On this one I have glued a piece of Christmas confetti, it came in all difference shapes, the small circle was just the right size.
I have also used wire pipe cleaner tinsel. It comes in lots of different colours, as it has wire in it, it is easy to attach.
You can also make miniature paper chains, the same way as you do normal size ones. Just cut your paper chain into thin strips and glue together.
* Cigarette Filters are used when rolling your own cigarettes, and are available from newsagents or supermarkets.
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