With the environment being of great importance to us here at Ohpopsi, and with growing environmental concerns globally, one of our focuses this Christmas is on creating less waste, repurposing our items and upcycling. Upcycling involves renovating old items/pieces and creating something new, which is not only ethical, but is pretty much guaranteed to result in something completely unique.
We print everything to order at Ohpopsi, meaning we don’t hold onto any stock - our waste here is minimal and we want to help yours be as minimal as possible too.
One of the best things on the table at Christmas (excluding the huge Christmas dinner, obviously) are the crackers! These are not only so simple to make but a wonderful way of breathing new life into any leftover wallpaper or cut-offs (or alternatively you can order samples of your favourite designs, only £1 each) and turning them into something festive.
Make your own Christmas crackers
Your leftover wallpaper
Cardboard toilet roll/kitchen roll tubes – 1 for each cracker
Cracker snaps – this is what makes the bang when you pull the cracker!
Prizes of your choice, this could include tissue paper hats, handwritten jokes, chocolate and trinkets. For adults, alcohol miniatures will always go down well.
First, cut your wallpaper into 15cm by 30cm rectangles.
Take a rectangle, turn it over so it’s design-side-up and lightly mark the midpoint lengthways. Fold both ends of the paper inwards, so that they meet at the midpoint and crease these folds.
Next, fold the paper back on itself, so that the creased folds touch.
Next, with the creased folds facing you, use a ruler to mark a line around 2cm away from the folds. Use a pair of scissors to cut out triangles, of about 5mm wide, along the folded edge up to the line you just marked. Make sure you start and finish about 5mm from each end.
Unfold the paper and lay it flat, design-side-down. Place the cardboard tube on to the middle of the paper, between the triangle cuts. Thread the cracker snap through the tube and tape it to both ends of the paper to keep it in place. Now is the time to add in all the things you want in your Christmas cracker, placing them inside the tube.
Finally, to finish, roll up the paper with the tube and secure using the glue stick. Then, wrap two lengths of ribbon (approx 15cm) around the cracker where the triangle cut-outs are, pull tight and tie in place.
And there you go!
If you do get creative with these DIY crackers, let us see your take on it by tagging us on Instagram @ohpopsi.