Make your Own Christmas Crackers!

Personalise your own decorations this holiday season.

By Staff Writer

Crafting Christmas crackers is a fun and festive holiday tradition that can be enjoyed by crafters of all levels. Christmas crackers typically consist of a decorated paper tube filled with small surprises, a paper hat, and a “cracking” mechanism. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own Christmas crackers.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Coloured or patterned Christmas-themed paper (12 inches by 6 inches per cracker).
  • Cardboard tubes (toilet paper or paper towel rolls cut in half).
  • Small surprises or gifts (e.g., candies, small toys, or trinkets).
  • Cracker snaps (available at craft stores, optional).
  • Ribbon or string (for tying the ends).
  • Glue or double-sided tape.
  • Scissors.
  • Decorative elements like stickers, markers, or holiday-themed cut-outs.
  • Festive tissue paper or crepe paper for the hat.


1. Prepare Your Surprises: Gather small gifts or treats to place inside each cracker. Ensure they fit comfortably within the cardboard tube.

2. Cut the Paper: Cut your chosen Christmas-themed paper into rectangles, typically 12 inches by 6 inches each. You’ll need one piece per cracker.

3. Attach the Cracker Snap (Optional): If you have cracker snaps, secure one end inside the cardboard tube. These snaps create the “cracking” sound when the cracker is pulled apart.

4. Fill the Cracker: Lay the paper flat, and place your chosen surprises or gifts in the centre. Arrange them lengthwise to ensure they’ll be evenly distributed when the cracker is pulled.

5. Roll the Cracker: Carefully roll the paper around the cardboard tube, keeping the gifts in the centre. Make sure there’s enough paper on each end to tie with ribbon or string.

6. Secure the Ends: Twist one end of the cracker paper and secure it with a piece of ribbon or string, creating a sealed end. Repeat this process on the other side.

7. Decorate: Get creative by decorating the outside of your crackers with stickers, markers, or holiday-themed cut-outs. You can also add the recipient’s name for a personalized touch.

8. Make the Paper Hat (Optional): Create small, festive paper hats using tissue paper or crepe paper. Fold the paper into a hat shape and secure it with a piece of tape.

9. Display and Enjoy: Place your beautifully crafted Christmas crackers at each place setting on your holiday table. Encourage your guests to pull them apart, and watch the surprises spill out.

10. Crack Open the Fun: When it’s time for your holiday meal or celebration, have everyone grab a cracker and pair up. Count to three and pull the crackers apart with your partner. Enjoy the small gifts and wear the paper hats!

Making Christmas crackers is a delightful way to add a personal and festive touch to your holiday celebrations. You can get creative with the paper, decorations, and surprises inside, making each cracker unique. Plus, it’s a fun and interactive tradition that brings joy to gatherings with family and friends.

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