Are you tired of buying pre-made Christmas crackers? This tutorial will show you how to make your own Christmas crackers.
It’s a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of reusing bits and bobs around the house. There is no better way than this to personalize the celebrations. And, best of all, not every cracker will be the same, so you can make yours stand out from others.
These floral crackers, made by Yvonne of craft blog Yves Town (pictured below), have a unique, handmade look. These crackers look great with a ribbon at the ends.
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Rural Arts’ crackers (pictured below), made from leftover pieces of patterned wrap paper, have been a great success. Look at the possibilities!
You can make yours more festive by using leftover Christmas wrapping paper in reds and greens or going all out with gold and silver paper. Kraft brown wrapping paper can be used to give your gift a classic, elegant look.
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You could also decorate the plain white paper with pastel stars or trees, like Deborah’s DIY blog Pure Sweet Joy. Or you can use ribbons or trinkets, like Catherine Ogilvie’s homemade version. You can also make your own Christmas crackers by adding washi tape, stencils, painting, or creating floral wallpaper to create a vintage look that is less Christmassy.
No matter your theme, handmade crackers look great. This tutorial is both simple and fun. It’s also a great way for the whole family to get involved.
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Fill your Own Christmas Crackers
These are the things you will need
- Decorate with a 4 x 4 piece of plain, patterned or wallpaper paper
- Cardboard tubes (e.g. Toilet roll and kitchen roll holders
- If you are using plain crackers, washi tape (available on Amazon) or paints for decoration
- Optional: Cracker snaps (via Amazon).
- Tie with ribbon or string
- Craft knife
- Tissue paper hats, toys and games, fillings
1. Decorate the crackers outside as you like, and then let them dry. This step can be skipped if you are using patterned paper.
2. Place your A4 paper face down on a table. The longest sides should be at the top and the bottom. Place your cardboard tube at the center of the paper. If necessary, cut it to shape.
3. Score your paper gently with a pair of scissors at each end of the tube. Be careful not to tear through the paper. You can also cut small diamond shapes online. It will be easier to make your cracker ends.
4. To create a wide tube, wrap your paper around the cardboard tube. Fold the edges slightly over the glue and glue. Your cracker will not fall apart if the cardboard tube is used.
5. You will need to wrap one end of your cracker around each end of the cardboard tube. Secure it with a festive ribbon, and let your cracker pop through.
6. Add your cracker fillings gently, taking care not to overfill. Secure the cracker’s other side with a ribbon. Place the crackers on your table and welcome your guests.
Tip – Make place names with homemade crackers if you host guests during the holiday season. The names can be drawn or painted on the crackers, or you could attach a tag to the crackers with the name printed on it. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort.