DIY Christmas Crackers

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Today we are making a Christmas tradition; crackers.

I don't want to complain, but have you noticed how much the price of crackers go up every year?

And the gifts are always the same, and that red fortune teller fish has never been right. That's why I made a promise to myself to make my own, and here they are.

It might take a little longer than buying a pack from the shop, but at least you can fill them with what you want.

diy christmas crackers

Just like anything that is homemade, you can make it fit the theme and colours of your Christmas decor. I, on the other hand, have chosen the colours of my blogmas; the iridescent papers from my wrapping paper ideas, and a glitter polka dot mint paper, which I have had for a while but never had a purpose, but now it has. It's a great way to use up any wrapping paper you have left over too. Just stick it onto a piece of thick paper to give your cracker stability. If you have festive paper you want to use that is thick enough, simply trace around the template, or print straight onto the back instead.

Unlike my creative wrapping ideas, I have kept the design of my crackers really simple and just added tinsel around the two ends. You could attach baubles, bells, festive twine, literally anything, as long as it's not too heavy. You could use them as place names (though I think you should wait a little longer before you make that decision), and stick letters to spell out the names, or attach a little card. Now, what do you fill them with? You may call me boring, but inside mine are chocolates. Everyone likes chocolate. Other ideas are miniature cosmetics, soaps, toys, games, tiny bottles of alcohol (make sure it's in a plastic bottle), or something edible. You can also include a paper crown, joke, or even your favourite quotes.

diy christmas crackers

Learning how to make Christmas crackers with @helloaycan

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Cracker template
  • Paper or wrapping paper
  • Craft knife
  • Cracker snaps
  • Ribbon, twine etc to decorate your crackers
  • Gifts for inside your crackers

INSTRUCTIONS

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    Download and print the template onto thick festive paper, or thin paper which you will then back onto your wrapping paper. Using a craft knife, cut around the solid lines, and fold on the dotted lines. Make sure the creases are crisp, as it will hold the shape of your cracker much better. Stick down your cracker snap across your cracker, but don't lie it down completely flat.

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    Secure one side of your cracker tabs, fill it up with all your treats, and close the other two sides. Tie some twine, ribbon, or tinsel around the two ends to keep it secure, then decorate.

I'm excited to share my crackers with my family, and hopefully get an approval about the chocolate gifts inside. Let me know in the comments below if you love or hate cracker gifts, and if you make your own, what do you usually put inside. Like I mentioned above, I have another diy coming up this week to help finish your Christmas table. Don't forget to check my advent calendar to see what we've already made.