I try not to give the boys too many treats on Halloween but I like to ‘dress up’ what they do get. This year I have made them ‘treat crackers’, another idea from the fabulous Martha Stewart Halloween Handbook. What I particularly like about these is firstly, they don’t require any special crafting equipment or indeed skill and secondly, you can decorate they however you like depending on what you happen to have around so they don’t have to cost you anything.
All you need is:
- an empty toilet roll (or half an empty kitchen roll)
- some crepe paper (or you could use tissue or craft paper)
- some ribbon (coloured pipe cleaners, plastic ties or raffia would also work)
- any Halloween themed decorations
- some treats or little gifts
And putting them together couldn’t be easier:
I cut a long strip of crepe paper about 4 or 5 inches wider than my toilet roll and then rolled it up with the cardboard tube in the centre, securing with a little sticky tape. I put the treats inside and then squeeze the ends as if I were making a Christmas cracker shape. To secure the ends I used some glittery orange ribbon but you can use whatever comes to hand. Some coloured rubber bands would be quick and easy. I then shredded the ends which I think stops them looking too much like a Christmas cracker and will make it easier for little fingers to rip into them. To decorate I used a band of contrasting crepe paper and cut out a free printable I found here but I’m sure you can think of all kinds of fun ways to jazz up your own. You could stick on some little plastic spiders or use some googly eyes to make monster faces and you’d get a totally different look if you use patterned wrapping paper instead of crepe. Do let me know if you have a go as I’d love to see what you come up with.