Wondering what to do with leftover scraps of wrap and ribbon? How about crafting crackers with the kids? Crackers, which resemble over-sized wrapped candies, are part of Christmas celebrations in many parts of the world. I thought, why not make some for Valentine’s Day and give them a fun name? Voila! Valentine Crush Crackers. Traditionally two people pull apart the cracker at once “wishbone style” to cause a spark; this version is low-tech but big on fun and low on cost. Perfect to give to friends (or a special crush).
- Toilet paper rolls or cut tubes from paper towels or wrapping paper
- Paper: wrapping paper, construction paper, scrapbook paper
- Glue, tape
- Tissue paper or wax paper
- Ribbon, twine
- Scraps of things that look Valentine-like: paper doilies, printed images, old greeting cards, bows, stickers, cupcake liners, buttons
- Filler: candy, small toys or party favors, love notes, paper hearts, printed fortunes
- Measure and cut enough paper to wrap around and cover your tube. Fasten with glue, tape or a sticker.
- Fill your tube
- Measure and cut enough wax or tissue paper to wrap around and cover your tube leaving about 1.5 inches on each side to pinch and tie closed with ribbon or twine
- Decorate your wrapper cracker
- Present to a friend or secret crush!