- measure the circumference of your cardboard tube (you can do this by wrapping your ribbon round the tube, marking where the ribbon makes a circle, and then measuring the length with a ruler or tape measure).
- now you know that the fabric you're using to cover your Christmas crackers needs to be the same width as the circumference of the cardboard tube, and needs to have a length a little longer than the length of the tube, so you can have excess fabric to tie up with the ribbon.
- sew your fabric into a tube shape (inside out so your seams are hidden) and turn back the right way round to put around the tube.
- pop anything you fancy inside your Christmas crackers - you could even add a cracker bang to replicate traditional Christmas crackers.
- tie up the ends with ribbon (you'll need about 10-15cm) in a bow, and tah-dah, you've got your own homemade Christmas decorations, and your Christmas crackers are ready to decorate the dinner table for the big day.
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3. Pom-Pom Wreath
You Will Need: a continuous length of wool/yarn, cardboard from which you can make two donut shapes with slits in (see our video), scissors.
With your two pieces of cardboard together, simply start wrapping your yarn around the cardboard, layering up the wool and wrapping right to the edges. Once you've layered it up a few times, cut an end to your yarn and do a couple more wrap-arounds of the yarn to tuck the end underneath. Then, use scissors to gently cut the yarn around the join of the cardboard pieces, and use a final piece of yarn between the cardboard to tie the yarn in place tightly. Then remove your cardboard and keep safe for the next pom-pom. If that sounds tricky, it's easier to watch our video above (starting at 0.45s) so you can see exactly what to do!
Now you've got a pom-pom which is a great starting point to a number of different homemade Christmas decorations - you could string them up and put single pom-poms on the tree, but we've chosen to make a few pom-poms and tie them together in a circle shape to make a pom-pom wreath.
Don't throw away your old clothing or scrap fabric - now you know how to make your own homemade Christmas decorations out of them, so nothing goes to waste. A fun, festive activity to enjoy with the family, and a fantastic way to be a little more mindful of our planet this Christmas.
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