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Make Dolls House (Or Full Size) Christmas Crackers or Bon Bons
The instructions which follow are intended for making dolls house scale Christmas crackers which are easily made in 1:6, 1:12 or 1:24 scale. If you substitute a cardboard tube for the center, and add prizes, a hat, a joke or verse and a cracker popper from a craft or hobby store, you can make your own full size crackers using the same method. Adjust the size of your cracker ends to suit the length of your center tube, just as you do for the dolls house crackers. They are often used for... birthdays, New Years and other celebrations. Halloween and Wedding Crackers are also available.
Christmas Crackers or Bon Bons have been gracing special celebration dinners since Victorian times. Originally created by Tom Smith in the 1840's, they were based on the shape of bon bons (wrapped sugared almonds) he saw in Paris, and included a love motto or verse. With the edition of a small explosive charge to create a crackle, and a small favor or toy included along with a paper hat, the traditional cracker was developed.
Crackers for all occasions continue to be made by The Tom Smith Group today, and they hold the warrant for the Royal Christmas Crackers (whose design and ingredients are secret).Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Assemble the Materials for Miniature or Full Size Christmas Crackers
To Make Scale Miniature Christmas Crackers You Will Need:
- Sections of a wooden skewer or dowel or round toothpicks for smaller scales. For full size crackers use a cardboard tube of similar size to a toilet paper roll.
- Decorative paper or ribbon Thin foil papers, cellophane candy wrappers, colored tissue paper, crepe paper, organza ribbons, or small scale decorative papers are all suitable. Crepe paper and thin tissue are the easiest to work with as you begin. For full scale crackers use... decorative paper, crepe paper or colored tissues.
- Curling ribbon to tie off the cracker ends, choose a color which coordinates with your paper or ribbon.
- PVA (white) glue
- Sharp Scissors
- Bent Nose Tweezers
- Printed Verses, Jokes or Riddles
- Toys or Favors that will fit in your chosen tube.
- Paper Hats you can make these from tissue or thin gift wrap
- Cracker Popper Strips available from craft shops or online.
Optional small stickers or bits of decorated tape, decorative ribbons or paper trims.
For Full Scale CrackersContinue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Cut Out the Pieces for Making Christmas Crackers
Cut out your pieces For a full size cracker you will base your measurements on covering your center roll at least 1 1/2 times, plus the width you want your cracker to be.
For each cracker in 1:12 scale you will need to cut out the following pieces:
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- 1/4 to 1/2 inch lengths of bamboo skewer (0.6 to 1.2 cm) For a set of crackers make all the pieces the same length. This will represent an eight to twelve inch real cracker
- 1 1/2 by 1 inch pieces of paper, foil or ribbon (3.7 by 2.5 cm) for the cracker... covering. The long side of the paper will lay the direction of the cracker if your paper has a pattern direction.
- Two inch lengths of ribbon (5 cm) cut into narrow shredded strips of less than 1/16 inch.(1 mm)
- Small cut out or punched pieces of decorated tape, ribbon or decorative paper trims if desired, to decorate the centre of the cracker.
04 of 05
Assemble Your Miniature Christmas Crackers or Bon Bons
If you are making full size crackers place the popper through the center of the tube and insert the favor, hat and verse before you wrap the tube shape.
Apply Glue to the Skewer and wrap your chosen paper or ribbon at least 1 1/2 to 2 times around the skewer (or tube). Pre roll foil papers on a longer skewer to shape. Use a bit of glue to fix the center wrapping in place.
Twist the Paper Ends which stick out past the tube, so that the paper or fabric is gently gathered together.
Tie Ribbon at the... ends of the skewer (tube). In full size crackers this keeps the contents in place. For full size crackers do not tie the ribbon so tight that it cuts into the popper ends. For miniature crackers tie this ribbon as tightly as you can to shape the cracker. Once tied you can cut off the extra ribbon to leave a narrow band, or use fine pointed tweezers or scissors to curl the ribbon into tiny tendrils. Cut off any excess ribbon after curling, the longer pieces of ribbon were used to make it easier to tie the knot.
Gently Pull the Free Ends of the Cracker to Shape Use tweezers to unroll the cracker paper or fabric on the free side of the ribbon. The extra paper you wrapped around the cracker will make these ends a bit larger than the cracker body. Use the tweezers or your fingers to push the ends of the cracker towards the fixed center tube, covering the ribbon ties slightly or completely.
Trim the Cracker Ends Trim the free ends of the cracker to suit the width of the center. For 1:12 scale crackers the total length of the cracker should be between 3/4 of an inch and 1 inch (2 – 2.5 cm). For full size crackers the total length will be 9 – 12 inches.(23 to 30 cm)
Decorate the Cracker Center using small pieces of tape, sequins, punched paper cut outs, or bands of coordinating paper or ribbon trims.
Set your celebratory table with your decorative crackers!Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Instructions For Making A Miniature Cracker Box and Paper Hats in Dolls House Sc
A pdf (acrobat reader) file with a printable cracker box and dolls house scale paper hat is available. If you want to box your crackers, you should make the boxes first, then make the crackers to fit the box.
Use these templates to cut out scale paper hats from tissue. Check the fit before you glue them if you intend to place them on a dolls head.
To Make the Box and Box Lid
- Print out the file on photo paper or card stock.
- Cut the box out along the cutting lines, Cut out the center of the box top.
- Ben...d the tabs to the inside of the box bottom and glue them in place. Bend the tabs for the box top and glue them in place.
- Cut a piece of clear cellophane or plastic wrap, and glue it inside the box lid cut out, to make a window in the top of the box.
- Fit your crackers in the box, you may need to trim the ends. This box is designed to fit 3/4 inch (2 cm) crackers.