A month ago I got really excited about making christmas crackers (I don't think I've ever had one and I learned about them in harry potter) and ordered all sorts of little keychains and tiny toys from a discount retailer and ordered cracker making supplies. But, the keychains were ordered to my dorm and hadn't arrived by the time I went home for Christmas.
So instead of these being proper (albeit cheap) gifts they are more of novelty stocking stuffers. And I am going to have like 15 keychains for myself in January :/. But I think these are really nice regardless.
Supplies: tape, scissors, ribbon, cardboard tubes (from paper towels and toilet paper), tissue paper hats, candies, cracker snaps. I bought my cracker snaps (which are kind of optional, but they make the banging sound and I think that makes it more exciting) from oldenglishcrackers.com, because it is in the US like me and I didn't want to pay shipping grom the UK. With shipping 25 snaps and 25 paper hats were about $10. Since I bought 2 bags of candy for $6, the ribbon and paper at a dollar store, my total cost for this project was $18... and I could make several more if I had more cardboard tubes.
the bright shapes are the tissue paper hats, which I bought pre made because they seemed like they'd be a headache.
Take 2 toilet paper rolls, cut one in half, and lay out on some wrapping paper with generous margins.
thread the cracker snap through the tubes and fold over each end, tape to keep the cracker snap firmly in place on the small tubes.
slide in a paper hat, or card, and tack down the paper with a little tape.
roll the wrapping paper around the tube and tape in place. Carefully twist the paper between the center and end tube on one side to make a cinched in part that little candy can't fall through
pour candy in the open end, then repeat the cinching on the open side.
tie with ribbon tightly and curl the ends with scissors. Fold the edges of the paper in and you're done.
These take a lot of time! I spent 4 hours making 10 of them (including photos and driving to the store for chocolate, but still, I was expecting this to be a lot quicker because the sample one I made with tissue paper came together in 10 minutes or so)
I hope you give these a try because they are quite fun.