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Paper Cracker Project

Celebrate your special occasion with tiny gifts or candies inside a paper cracker.

What You Need:

Show guests your appreciation with these stunning paper crackers.
  • 2 12-inch lengths of 1-5/8-inch-wide crepe paper
  • Sewing thread and needle
  • 4-1/2-inch-long cardboard tube
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheet each of two coordinating scrapbook papers
  • Scissors: large scallop-edge and other small decorative-edge
  • Double-sided tape
  • Computer and printer
  • 20-inch length of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon
  • Small bag of candy or tiny gift

Instructions:

  1. Use sewing thread to sew running stitches along one long edge of each length of crepe paper. Pull the thread ends to gather a crepe paper length to fit around each open end of the cardboard tube. Hot-glue the gathered edge of the crepe paper to the tube.
  2. Cut a 4-1/2 x 8-inch rectangle of scrapbook paper using the large scallop-edge scissors. Wrap the paper rectangle around the tube and secure with double-sided tape, covering the gathered edge of the crepe paper.
  3. Type the bride's and groom's first names and wedding date using a computer. Print a test sample. Text should fit in a space approximately 1/2 x 4 inches. When satisfied, print the text on scrapbook paper.
  4. Use the small decorative-edge scissors to trim the printed sheet into two text strips, cutting a V at one end of each strip. Glue the text strips on the tube.
  5. Make a bow at the center of the ribbon and glue the bow to the tube, covering the ends of the text strips. Insert a small bag of candy or a tiny gift into the tube.
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