Materials and Tools Needed:
- PC & Printer
- Wrapping Paper/Some kind of patterned paper
- Cracker snaps (Can be salvaged from a cheap shop bought cracker set, purchased from a local craft store, or from the internet)
- Cracker Gifts!
Step 1: Template
I printed the template to A4 page size which will give you a final cracker size as shown in this Instuctable.
There is however no reason you cant scale the template up or down, just remember the size of the gifts its possible to put in the cracker also changes. Also consider the length of your cracker snap if your using one, the final cracker length must be abit shorter than the length of the snap.
(Now I can't remember whether the template here is actually mine or not. I did dissemble a cracker to make a template from it, I made other templates, and I also found a template online. This template was however the best of the prototypes I made. If it isn't mine and someone recognises it, tell me and I'll give credit where its due.)
The template used in the pictures is the same as the provided template just not as clean.
Step 2: Gluing The Template
Make sure that the Wrapping/Coloured paper is of a larger size, so you can trim it down after you've glued it. This means no white patches near the edges of the cracker.
I used standard "Pritt Stick" type glue, however you can use what you've got handy, as long as you can get a nice evenly stuck bit of paper.
Trim the excess Wrapping/Coloured paper off using scissors or scalpel.
Step 3: Folding
Again sorry the template in the pictures isn't as clean as the one I've provided, just ignore those lines in the middle!
Step 4: Cutting & Gluing
Then apply glue along the inside edge, to a thickness of one "triangle". (On the second picture I've highlighted the glue area in photoshop to make it easier to understand) Then roll the cracker up and hold until its glued :D
I found it easiest to put a ruler through the cracker and then apply pressure to the glued joint to make sure its stuck well.
It should now look like the third picture.
Step 5: Cracker Snap and Filling
Now use your ribbon and tie off one handle, the snap will bend in doing this.
Then... (the best bit in my opinion) FILL! I used various items, such as chocolates, make-up and a necklace. You can add the standard hat and joke if you wish.
The cracker snaps I used came from a cheap pack of crackers I bought. I took the crackers to bits carefully and salvaged the snaps, hats and jokes.
You can also buy cracker snaps from craft stores or the internet.
Step 6: Tying It Up
Take another bit of ribbon and tie of the other handle, just like you did for the first. Make sure the snap end is sticking out
Tip: To get the ribbon to curl pull the ribbon over a reasonably sharp edge (like the blade edge of a pair of scissors), the pressure of the pull determines the tightness of the curl.
Finally bend the snap end down to touch the cracker handle and glue it there, just like you did before...
... and now your finished! Happy cracker pulling!