DIY Christmas Crackers

Jess Spiro

It is that time of year, when you start decking the halls, as well as your festive table. Love them or hate them, Christmas crackers are pretty much a non-negotiable accessory, but even the biggest fan is left a little disappointed at the junk gifts you get inside. This year, flex your creative muscles and give your guests memories (and gifts!) they’ll never forget, by making your own Christmas crackers. These are easy, inexpensive and you can personalise the gifts inside. Follow our step-by-step!

To get started, you’ll need to gather everything you need to make your jazzy crackers, namely:

  • Wrapping paper of your choice – the lighter weight the better. We’ve made some awesome printable versions that you can download below.
  • Toilet rolls
  • Cracker snaps (available at Merrypak and other craft stores)
  • Small trinkets or edible treats (nail polish, cigars, funky pins, costume jewellery etc)
  • Ribbon or string to secure
  • Craft cutter
  • Optional – printed messages such as famous sayings, jokes, thoughts, riddles.

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Start by placing your loo roll on the edge of the long side of the paper and mark either side of the roll, ensure that your loo roll is centred. Using a pencil and a ruler, draw a light line from top to bottom on either side to use as a guide.

Next, make small little cuts (about 1 cm) diagonally from the pencil line outwards, these slits will ‘weaken’ the paper and make it easier to scrunch the edges and easier to snap the cracker. If you opt to use a thinner, tissue-type paper you can omit this step.
Now, fill your loo roll with your goodies, along with the cracker insert and if you decide to use, your printed note or thought.
Next, roll it up nice and tight.
Secure it with some tape or a festive-looking sticker!
Then scrunch the ends, being careful not to tear the paper and fasten the ends with some ribbon or string to make it look extra pretty. You may also need to trim your cracker snaps if they are sticking out.

Hey presto, you’ve got awesome, handmade-by-you Christmas crackers. Happy snapping!

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