HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
s you can see, my Christmas Crackers are going to double as place cards. They’re so fun to make, I thought you might like to see. We’ve been saving paper towel rolls for a few months now. I cut off about an inch and a half from each roll (so they aren’t immediately recognizable as paper-towel rolls!), and wrapped them all exactly alike, because I want my people to think I bought them and be surprised by what they find. We filled them with little things or long narrow things, because that’s all that would fit.
O much fun hunting for this stuff, thinking of the person, figuring out what we can squeeze into that narrow roll–my favorites are cute things that are also useful: vanilla beans, vegetable peelers, nail polish, seam rippers, pie birds, toys, light-sticks, vintage ornaments; we managed to squeeze in a couple of Santa hats; silk scarves, screwdrivers, birthday candles; our music man got a harmonica; if we’re lucky, there’ll be a spontaneous after-dinner sing-along!
ind of an expert now, I could do a pretty good list of all things 1 1/4" wide! They’re for us to open after Christmas dinner, a gigantic conversation piece I hope; everyone, for example, got a glue-on mustache, all in different styles. Extremely useful, for important laugh factor. If our guests enjoy these half as much as we did making them, we will be happy!