I am a big fan of Christmas Crackers, I love the excitement and anticipation of pulling a cracker at Christmas. So why not make Christmas Day go with a bang by making your own Homemade Christmas crackers. They are super simple to make and you can add your own unique gifts, jokes and party hats in order to personalise your Christmas Day.
I know it is super easy it is to pick up a ready-made box from any supermarket, however, in order to get gifts that my family will use and not just tat they are often expensive and really wasteful. I love how making crackers adds some wow factor to Christmas dinner and also you can match them to your theme and also to the people at the table.
How to Make DIY Christmas Crackers
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- Wrapping paper – We are trying to use either recycled paper or recyclable paper.
- Glue Dots (UK Link/US Link)
- Cracker Snaps (UK Link/US Link)
- Ribbon (UK Link/US Link)
- Toilet rolls or cardboard tubes
- Decorative bits and bobs
- Small gifts, joke and paper crown
- Cracker template
How to Make Homemade Christmas Crackers
Make sure you watch the how-to video here:
Cut your paper to size, ours was 12 inches by 6 inches (perfect for a toilet roll) and to make shaping easier we cut out rhomboids out of the paper like the template below.
The easiest way to do this is to draw them on and fold the paper in half and cut with scissors. Feel free to use this template for your crackers, just print it out to size and you are all set. The secret is to make sure your tube is just slightly smaller than the centre of the paper.
Placed glue dots on each end of the paper and wrap it around the cardboard tube.
Thread a cracker snap through the cardboard tube and tape it down to one side of the paper.
Tie one end of the cracker with ribbon, wool or string. The cuts should gather up.
Place sweets, a joke (which I printed from Nurturestores 24 Christmas jokes), a paper hat and small gift into the cardboard tube then tie up the other end.
Then you can accessorise your homemade Christmas crackers as you chose. We used some festive ribbon and also some small tags that we had made from air drying clay.
I made Christmas crackers with two different papers so we could tell which ones were for the children.
If you make any then please do show me.