Sometimes, when I'm not cooking, I like to make other things, crafty things. I was approached by Cartridge Save to join in their Cracker competition, I was really delighted to do so. Cartridge Save , the printer supplies company, have created a series of downloadable guides to help you with your Christmas crafting. From Christmas decorations to a leafy Christmas wreath and, of course, the instructions for how to make a Christmas Cracker!
The instructions are easy to follow, although I did have a couple of tries at making the cracker. The first paper I used was really too thick and I had to abandon it, it does feature in the step by step photographs though. I finished up using two types of tissue paper, a gold paper and a red, snowflake decorated paper, a little scrap of which I had kept from last Christmas because I liked it so much.
Lay the cracker snap along the top of the rectangle and secure in place with glue.
Activity Village where you can download a whole sheet of child friendly jokes. My gift is a little tube of Cath Kidston Bluebell Shower Gel and I had saved the gold foil hats from some crackers from a couple of years ago (I know, but we crafters keep everything!) anyway twist and tie one end of your cracker and fill with the gift, hat and joke. Then tie off the other end.
I used some wired ribbon to tie off the ends of my cracker and make a layer of the red tissue to go round the centre of the cracker. You will see my decoration for the cracker is a little different to the finished one. I played around with various paper flowers, small holly leaves and berries, ribbons, and doilies. In the end I felt that the decoration as seen above was just to big for the cracker, so removed the green layer, doily and bow.
Remember you can get the complete instructions from CartridgeSave or like their Facebook Page to see more Christmas crafts and competitions.
I'm entering this cracker for 'No Croutons Required' Festive Photograph over at Tinned Tomatoes