How to make your own Christmas crackers!

Dec. 16, 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to start preparing for the silly season ahead. Christmas crackers are a great addition to any dinner table – they are easy to put together and great fun for the kids. Also, don’t be afraid to get a little creative with the gifts inside each cracker – we often make our own edible treats or recycle old toys and lego figurines for the little ones. 

What you will need:

  • Thin postal tubes cut to size, or thick, heavy (card-weight) paper that can be rolled into tubing. You will need 40cm in length for each cracker.
  • Decorative paper –you can use recycled wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers or comic books. You will need a square piece – 40cm x 40cm for each cracker.
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Cracker snaps – these are available at Spotlight, Ebay and
  • Small toys, lollies or home-made treats that can be put inside crackers
  • Ribbons or thick pieces of string + salt
  • Tissue paper hats (optional)

1 – Measure out the thin postal tubes to 40cm long. If you are using card paper, roll them out, and secure firmly with sticky tape. Cut the tubes into three sections – 1 x 20cm and 2 x 10cm.

2 - In the 20cm section place your gifts, a paper hat and the central section of the cracker snaps. Secure the cracker snap with a small piece of sticky tape.

3- Place the three sections of tubing on the wrapping paper and separate each section by 1cm. Roll the tubing along the paper and secure with sticky tape. Pinch and twist the gap between each section of tubing, and then tie with a piece of string or decorative ribbon. That’s it! You are now ready for the Christmas celebrations!  

Arabella Forge – Brand Ambassador & Household Expert

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