December 21, 2010


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!

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13 Responses to December 21, 2010

  1. Deborah says:

    I’ve made these for Easter and filled them with chocolates. I am making a mental note to make them for Christmas. The mustaches will be a big hit!

  2. Susan Martin says:

    What a great idea! Thank you!

  3. Chris says:

    i started doing this years ago out of desperation….never enough for everyone at our table and the homemade ones are so much more fun! Merry Christmas!

  4. Becky says:

    Love the fun project and the shop window. Merry Christmas dear Susan.

  5. Mary says:

    I love this idea! I might just give it a try. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  6. Lynda Kling says:

    Good idea but not real crackers unless they have the “popper” in them!

  7. shirley burt says:

    Oh Susan, what a fabulous idea. When the ladies come next year for our Christmas get together, I want to have these surprises. Thank you for the idea and the hints of sizes and objects to find. Searching for them will give me such pleasure. Do you make them all the same, or change them up?
    You and Joe and the furry members of the family have the best Christmas ever. Oh, almost forgot, I used the sugar cookie recipe from your book, perfection in any shape or form. Just like you promised.
    Much love and bunny hugs to you and yours.

    • sbranch says:

      I changed them, so that they matched the person. It’s very fun gathering the bits and pieces over the year. Bunny hugs to you too Shirley!

  8. Elaine Depo says:

    I adore crackers, and frequently wrap even larger gifts to resemble them. Love the star paper!
    *********************************************************************** ********************MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!************************ ***********************************************************************

  9. Sandy from Ca says:

    Wonderful idea’s 🙂 I was going to that this year but time got away from me and I was thinking toliet paper tubes! I guess the paper towel ones are better cause I can get more in them and I will make them for 4th of July to try them out 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      I didn’t use toilet paper tubes because I didn’t really want the connection to toilet paper! 🙂 So I cut the paper towel ones to a size a little smaller than paper towels, but bigger than toilet paper, so they could stand on their own.

  10. Becky Daugherty says:

    What a cute idea! Would never have thought of doing this. This is why I need you, Susan! You are so creative and I am so not! Merry Christmas!

  11. Cyndee Randall says:

    My English friends have always known about “crackers.” When I introduced them to American friends a few years ago they were very confused by the name and until the fun began, I think they thought I was “crackers.” Merry Christmas!

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