Tuesday Shoesday ~ Chatty crackers

homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-14This week’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post is a little bit different. This week I’m sharing a DIY tutorial for making Christmas crackers. But it’s not as far removed from a ‘normal’ Tuesday Shoesday article as you’d think, because I’m filling my festive favours with ChattyFeet!homemade DIY festive crackers for christmasYes, those cheeky little socks that I’ve posting Instagram pics of all year have found their way into my Christmas celebrations and I actually can’t think of a better gift to give to your guests around the festive dinner table. I’m having an early Christmas celebration with my niece and nephew because I won’t get to see them on Christmas day so I thought that this would be the ideal time to create a cracker tutorial and share my ideas with you all.homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-21. First of all, decide on a pair of ChattyFeet for each person around your dinner table, I’ve gone for funky matching ‘Meggy’ socks for father and son, pink ‘Venus’ socks for mother and daughter, plus some funny celebrity’ socks; Kate Middle-toe, Professor Brian Sox, Sigmund and Yoko Mono. I’m already giggling to myself just imagining all the shenanigans around the Christmas table!homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-32. I’ve also gathered together some cracker essentials – joke, hat and toys – which I’ve taken out of last year’s leftover Christmas crackers. You could always pick up a cheap pack of crackers from a pound shop and either add a pair ChattyFeet, like Meggy below, into these bought crackers (be sure to take out the snap though!) or dismantle them and use the fillings in your own crackers. I’ve added a couple of chocolate coins to each cracker too for an after-dinner treat, yum!homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-123. To make the crackers, use two cardboard toilet roll middles – one for the centre, and one cut in half for the ends of the crackers. If you don’t have that many empty loo rolls lying around, you can use cardboard to wrap around one loo-roll template and tape it together to create your own cardboard centres. homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-114. Fill your centre tube with a pair of ChattyFeet socks, a hat, joke (maybe write your own), stickers for the little ones and chocolate coins. Again, no snap is needed – this might singe the socks and we definitely don’t want that, do we?! homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-55. Position the tubes on the reverse-side of a rectangle of festive wrapping paper with the two smaller pieces at the ends and leaving a gap between these and the centre tube. Use double-sided tape or a glue-stick to attach the paper around the tubes and roll up. Tape the end of the paper down.homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-66. To make the cracker shape, squeeze the paper in the gaps between the tubes and gently twist the paper before tying up with ribbon bows. I’ve used a different colour ribbon for each guest or you could even add a name tag to ensure that each recipient receives the correct pair of socks!homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-8homemade DIY festive crackers for christmas-9The crackers look great on my festive table and they were so much fun when we pulled them open during our early Christmas dinner. Everyone was very surprised to find a pair of ChattyFeet rolled up inside their crackers and immediately slipped them onto their hands to use as puppets at the dinner table. It was great fun hearing my husband reading out his cracker joke in his best Prof. Brian Sox voice! christmas dinner chatty feet crackers_ christmas dinner chatty feet-4 christmas dinner chatty feet-2Everyone appreciated the homemade nature of my Christmas crackers and we all enjoyed getting an unexpected Christmas gift at the table – it made the meal even more special and definitely added to the fun festive atmosphere, especially when I put a Christmas hat on La Diva, and my brother attempted to eat his entire meal whilst wearing the socks… on his hands! christmas dinner chatty feet la diva christmas dinner chatty feet-3 christmas dinner chatty feet-5Let me know if you have a go at making your own Chatty Crackers and I’d love to see photos of your own festive DIYs so please leave me a comment or tweet me @Cassiefairy

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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