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« on: November 17, 2005 06:12:45 AM »

Hello fellow Craftsters!

I need some help identifying an object.  I'm getting my husband a gift card for a massage for Christmas, and I wanted to put it into different packaging.  I can't think of the name of what I'm looking for -- you pull both ends and little toys and confetti pop out.  I think they're called Chinese crackers.  Can anyone verify this?  I can't find anything online by that name, and I'd like to see about making one.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005 06:20:26 AM »

I think you are referring to English crackers.  They're pulled from both ends and usually contain small toys, a joke and a tissue paper crown.

I found really great instructions for them here:

http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/partycracker.html

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2005 06:22:01 AM »

I believe they're also called "Christmas Crackers"

Here's a link which gives you some background on it:
http://www.absolutelycrackers.com/historynew.html

Simple way of making a "cracker":
http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/ArtsAndCrafts/Holidays/Christmas/Crackers.html

Instructions for crackers that "pop":
http://www.oldenglishcrackers.com/make-your-own-crackers.htm
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2005 06:31:57 AM »

Those are them!   Grin

Thanks a bunch.  They will be great for stocking stuffers!
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2005 06:32:04 AM »

Try Party Crackers or Christmas Crackers.

Ooooh I found a tutorial http://www.geocities.com/traditions_uk/xmascrafts.html

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eta: I had to step away from the computer before I could hit send sorry for the extra info
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2005 09:36:42 AM »

americans dont have christmas crackers?  Shocked

Homemade ones rule, shopbought one always have plastic rubbish in them
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2005 10:38:21 AM »

It's never been something that I come into contact with a lot.  I remember a teacher in, I believe middle school or early high school, bringing some in, and that's about it.  I figured they'd make great wrapping for stocking stuffers.  Then it adds a bit of drama!
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