One of our family traditions is homemade christmas crackers. Since as long as I can remember we had small cracker presents on the dining table usually made by my mum. They were precious things that were small and once I got older we each took a turn year on year to make the crackers and full them with cracker presents.
When Wrap.me sent me a couple of sheets of their amazing personalised instagram wrapping paper I knew just what I wanted to make with them……. Christmas Crackers.
How to make Christmas Crackers
- Wrap.Me wrapping paper (one sheet will make four 12 inch long crackers)
- Double Sided Tape
- Cracker Snaps
- Loom Bands
- Ribbon or Ric Rac
- Toilet rolls or cardboard tubes
- Small gifts, joke and paper crown
Cut your paper to size, ours was 12 inches by 6 inches and to make shaping easier we cut out diamonds or rhomboids (as the minimads’ insist I call them) out of the paper like the template below. Feel free to use this template for your crackers, just print it out to size and you are all set.
Then we placed a strip of double sided tape on each side of the paper and wrapped it round the loo roll.
We placed a cracker snap, sweets, joke (which I printed from Nurturestores 24 Christmas jokes) and paper hat in to the cardboard tube before we pushed the cracker ends in and secured with a loom band.
Then we wrapped coordinating ric ric round to hide the loom bands.
As our crackers were shorter than the length of the cracker snaps we used sticky tape to attach them to the side at each end before trimming them.
We had so much fun making these we plan on making a lot more for our Christmas Eve party. We really love the whole concept of Wrap.me and it is just fantastic, but don’t just take our word for it, both Jane at Northern Mum and Tara at Sticky Fingers were sent some to (but they were not as creative as me with it!). Also take a look at the fab Diary Cover that Kate from Crafts on Sea made (I wish we had enough paper left to do the same). You can find Wrap me @wrap.me on Instagram and @wrapdotme on twitter
These are awesome!! So much better than store-bought crackers.
I’ve Pinned 🙂
I just love these – quirky, unusual and crafty too! Feeling very festive now!
So fantastic! Only at the weekend, the mister and I were saying how awful crackers were these days – making your own personalised ones is so much better! I think we’re probably too late to get the paper this year but next year, this is a must-do! A new tradition, I think! Brilliant.
What an absolutely brilliant idea. I love the idea of making my own crackers and making them using personalised paper is genius!
Fabulous post Jen! I bought some cracker snaps at the weekend and was going to make my own so your template will come in very handy thank you.
love these made with personalised paper! they look great
ah this is such a neat idea! I got the paper too but would have never have thought to make something out of this. Clever lady! x
This is one task I keep waiting to do as love the thought of home-made crackers.
OOh the fun you could have with doing this x
Oh what a great idea, love it
They look fab, I think my boys would love to have a go at making their own crackers!
You do realise how seriously cool these crackers are?!
Absolutely brilliant! And a lovely way to personalise an almost always shop-bought Christmas essential.
I really should make some – or get the boys too!
I love the look the paper creates, such a wonderful idea for a cracker and lovely tradition
What a lovely idea. A great memory of your year.
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What a lovely idea!!
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