Make your Own Awesome DIY Christmas Crackers

Words: 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 DIY Christmas crackers. These are easy, inexpensive and you can personalise the gifts inside. Just follow our step-by-step guide.

DIY Christmas crackers

Crafty Christmas Crackers

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

  • 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.

DIY Christmas crackers

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Measuring Up

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 roll is centred. Using a pencil and a ruler, and then draw a light line from top to bottom on either side to use as a guide.DIY Christmas crackers

Make the Cut

Next, make small 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 snap the cracker. If you opt to use a thinner tissue-like paper, you can omit this step.DIY Christmas crackers

Fill with Goodies

Now, fill your loo roll with your goodies, along with the cracker insert and, if you decide to use, your printed note or thought.DIY Christmas crackers

Roll it Up

Next, roll it up nice and tight.

DIY Christmas crackers

Make it Pretty!

Secure it with some tape or a festive-looking sticker!DIY Christmas crackers

Scrunch the ends – being careful not to tear the paper – and fasten the ends with some ribbon or string to make them look extra pretty. You may also need to trim your cracker snaps if they are sticking out.

Hey presto! You’ve got awesome DIY Christmas crackers. Happy snapping!DIY Christmas crackers

Enjoyed making your own Christmas crackers? See more of our weekend projects here.

*Planning your festive menu? Check out our selection of festive roasts and desserts.

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