Merry Christmas Friends!! I hope each and every one of you is having a wonderful holiday season and spending lots of quality time with those you love most. I know I am! I debated skipping a post for today but decided to post this for y’all. Every year for the past 5 or so I have made these little poppers for the kids for an extra little fun thing to do and it has turned into one of their favorite traditions.
I have to give credit to my stepmom Barbie for showing me these things way back around 2009. She bought them somewhere and I loved the idea and decided to make my own. It’s a really easy thing that does not cost a lot of money. In fact, you can spend as much or as little as you want. I usually spend around $10 in total and the kids each get 7-8 at least to pop open.
I start saving the toilet paper rolls about a month in advance. Usually the weekend after thanksgiving I put a Walmart bag in the bathroom and the kids know to start saving the empty rolls in it. Then before Christmas I should have a full bag of the rolls. With 6 people in our house they add up fast.
While I am out shopping in the weeks leading up to Christmas I keep an eye out for little items that will fit inside the paper tubes. I also watch for wrapped candy or gum. The kids have balloons and party whistles this year, as well as Hershey’s Kisses, Starburst, Mamba candy and Smarties. I also found the little capsules that the kids drop in water and a little foam animal or whatever floats up and hid those in there too.
I just cut a slit in the center in each roll like this.
I also like to stick a piece of tape across the bottom of each roll to help keep the filling in to be wrapped.
Then I just stuff them with all the goodies and wrap with wrapping paper. I like to wrap them with paper left on the ends to twist so they look kind of like candy. I tie some ribbon on the twists and curl it with the scissors.
After they’re wrapped they’re ready to be POPPED!! I always make sure I count them out so the kids don’t fight over any extras. I wanted to get a picture of them opening them, but they won’t be opened until after this blog goes up. I’ll do another post Thursday outlining our Christmas dinner and I’ll add a couple pics of the kids opening these poppers then.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you do, please follow me and give me a like or comment your favorite Christmas tradition! Happy holidays from our family to yours!