Thursday, October 23, 2008


We have all seen those pretty English crackers at Christmas time right? Well at Tray Bella last year she made some in black and white to use for Halloween.

I fell in love with them and knew I wanted to make them for my Halloween party this year. My theme is black and white so her colors would be perfect for me. But of course you could make yours in any colors.

These are the colors of mine. I think they would be darling made with copies of vintage postcards too.

Of course you could make these for any holiday or any party.

I made these to put candy in but you could put a little gift in them too.

So come on, I'll show you how to make these.

First go to the scrap booking store or Michaels or anywhere that sells scrap booking paper by you. Pick out the papers you want to use.

The above shows the ones I picked out. I really wanted more Halloween looking ones but they didn't have black and white Halloween paper at any of the place I went to.

Get toilet paper rolls. I've been saving ours for months. But of course you could ask friends and family to help you out by saving them for you too.

You will need some tissue paper. I just went with white as it was much cheaper then color tissue paper.

You will need some ribbon to tie the ends with. Again, get something that matches your theme. Michaels is a good place to pick up ribbon as they always have ribbon on sale.

You will need something to stuff these with. Again, I used candy but you can use whatever you wanted.

First wrap the toilet paper roll with the tissue paper and tape it so it stays in place.

Tie one of the sides. It's OK if you can see through the tissue paper because we are going to cover it up later.

Once you have one side tied off stuff it full with candy.

Tie the ribbon to the other side so the candy doesn't fall out.

Then take your paper and wrap it around the tissue paper. Glue or use double side tape to hold it in place and then you are finished!

Pretty easy huh? You could always add a tag to it if you wanted to use these to double as a place card on your table. Or if you are giving a little gift you could put a gift tag on it.

My only real advice is to just have everything cut and ready to go before you start. It will make it much quicker to do these projects.

Now for another little quick project. Most of us have seen these a thousand times but on the off chance someone hasn't I thought I would add it here.

For this project all you need is a tootsie pop, a square of white tissue paper and some ribbon. I happened to have some Halloween ribbon that says Trick or Treat on it but you could use any kind.

Just fold the tissue over the tootsie pop and tie with the ribbon. Then draw on eyes and a mouth and you are done.

Little ghost suckers. These take all of a minute to make.
So there you have it. Two quick, cheap and cute little crafts to do so you can present your candy to your loved ones.

Hope you enjoyed these.


Anonymous said...

*SQUEAL*....I LOVE these...I have been saving up my toilet paper rolls cause I knew the instant I threw them away there would be a GREAT craft!!! I am so GLAD I kept them....CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!!!!

Michele said...

oooooo, I love these. Now I just have to find some toilet paper rolls, cuz I just throw them away!


Renee said...

I love your idea for the toliet paper candy holders. I might just do that for the kids' class......if I have time that is!!! I always do the tootsie pop ghosts every year. The kids love them. Except I use fabric instead of tissue paper.

roseylittlethings said...

Great tutorial, I want to make some now. Not having a party, maybe for the kidos!

Glenda said...

What a fun and cute idea. And recycling TP rolls to boot.

I have crackers from last Christmas. I hope I don't forget where I put them.


Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Joanne
I love your beautiful halloween crackers. Christmas would not be Christmas without Christmas crackers and I would never have thought to make them for any other occasion. What a great idea.
I like the ghost idea too.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Wonderful! I needed a craft for a Halloween party and I think this will be it!:) Thank you!:) Lori


Hi Joanne,
Super great idea and thanks for showing it. Would be great for any fun party favor:)

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Joanne, I really like these crackers. I think I will start saving my TP rolls so that I can make them for Christmas. Thanks for showing how to make them.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

How cute! I'd never seen the sucker ghosts...and I love the crackers!! Thanks for the tutorials!

Janet said...

Love the cracker idea Joanne.

Have a Happy Halloween.