If you're looking for a fun way to wrap small Christmas gifts, try wrapping them up to look like traditional Christmas party crackers. You can make them very simple with tissue paper or very ornate with thick Christmas paper and fancy medallions, stickers or magazine cutouts. They can be made with humor and whimsy or be very formal and fancy depending on how you choose to decorate them. Instead of small boxes, try recycling some of those cardboard toilet paper rolls and turn them into gift holders shaped like a Christmas party cracker.
Things You'll Need
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Christmas wrapping paper or tissue paper
- Christmas themed stickers or pictures
- Curling ribbon or thin fabric ribbon
- White craft glue
- Pinking shears or craft scissors with different blade patterns
- Cellophane tape
Cut a 10-by-10 inch piece of whatever paper you have chosen to make your Christmas cracker gift wraps with. You can use tissue, premade wrapping paper or even crepe paper as the outer wrap for the toilet paper roll cracker. Wrap the piece of paper around the tube overlapping the ends. Then tape the rounded edges together. Make sure you leave equal amounts of overhang on both ends of the tube. The cracker ends will look even that way once they are gathered and tied.
Gather the part that is overhanging on one end into a bunch centered in the opening of the tube. Then tie it closed bunched with your ribbon and make a bow. Put your gift inside the package at this point or loosely tie the second end so you can open it again and put the gift in after you are finished decorating the outside of the Christmas cracker package.
Begin decorating the outside of the wrapped cracker. Put a picture or sticker right in the middle of the tube on the side that isn't taped. That is the center of the front. Then decorate the tube and ends to your own personal taste. You can use flat stickers or sequins, small bells or any other tiny item that fits the theme.
Trim the open ends of the wrapped cracker with pinking shears or other shaped craft scissors to give it a little more texture. Then puff the ends up with your fingers so they aren’t flat. Your Christmas cracker gift is all wrapped and ready to give or display.
- Photo Credit Laurie Darroch-Meekis
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