I love those Christmas crackers you can buy in the stores but every time I buy them I am sadly disappointed in what is inside. A paper hat, a piece of paper with a joke on it, and usually a tattoo or small toy that is just useless. So I thought it would be sweet if they came filled with everyone's favorite candy and small toys they would actually appreciate like erasers, silly bands, and small accessories for Littlest Pet Shops and Furreal Friends.
So I made my own using toilet paper rolls and wrapping paper. I filled them all with caramels, gum, tootsie rolls, and those small toys I mentioned. They look just as nice as the ones from the store but I know they will be enjoyed a lot more. It cost me absolutely nothing and it is going to make some seriously happy faces!
I also tried my hand at making neat little place markers for our cutlery at the dinner table and they turned out really cute. Once again I used some toilet paper rolls and just covered them in plain white paper (only because I have no construction paper) and colored it to look like a Santa suit. You can also let the kids decorate their own any way they like. It is a blank white canvas so they really enjoyed it. They look really nice and once again there will be many smiling faces and it cost me nothing. I hope you find some amazing ways to make gifts for your family instead of buying a bunch of stuff.