Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for providing me with fabulous products for this post. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.
If you’ve stepped into a party store lately, you’ve likely seen some version of party crackers. They’re all the rage right now, and they’re so darn festive!
For our recent “Bad to the Bone” 80s-Inspired Halloween Party, I created a super easy DIY version of these cuties, and used them to mark the place settings. They turned out so cool! What I really love is that they serve double duty…they act as place cards and they can be used as party favors!
Take a peek below for the super easy how-to instructions for making these 80s-Inspired DIY Party Crackers.
Begin by unfolding the napkin, then folding it in half diagonally. Position the cardboard tube on the straight end of the napkin, and secure with double-sided tape. Roll to the end, then secure that end with double-sided tape. Use a twist tie to secure one end of the party cracker closed. Add candy or filler to the tube, then secure the other end of the party cracker closed with a twist tie. Trim the ends of the twist ties off with scissors.
Trim the ends of the crackers down a bit so they are proportionate to the size of the cracker, then cut slits in the ends to create a fringe. Wrap baker’s twine or ribbon around the pipe cleaners for a more finished look. Hot glue the alphabet beads on the crackers to spell out the names for each place setting, then add ric-rac, washi tape, and abstract shapes cut out of card stock to give the crackers an 80s feel.
Display at each place setting for a unique twist on name cards. Aren’t they fun? They look great displayed on layered plates, too.