The Christmas equivalent of Fourth of July bang snaps, crackers open with a bang, thanks to cracker snaps, far left. Perforating the wrapping paper, top, at the folds keeps the gathered ends loose enough to break and gives the finished product a neat, cylindrical look. Fill with trinkets and a paper crown (in keeping with the Brits). Decorate with clip-art bands, and tie with ribbon.
Cracker snaps, $6.25 for 25, oldenglishcrackers.com. Metallic craft paper, in Citrus, Gold, and Copper, 24" by 85', $20 per roll, nashvillewraps.com. Metallic foil, in Gold, Dull Gold, Red, and Red Copper, $15 per roll, hyglossproducts.com. Dutch felt text-weight paper (P_L32473), 8 1/2" by 11", in Creamery, $9 for 50 sheets, paperpresentation.com. Ribbon, mjtrim.com.