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Add a personal touch to the Christmas table with a homemade Christmas cracker.

Step by step guide to making your own Christmas crackers

Make your own Christmas crackers to place on the Christmas table or the Christmas tree, the ideal Christmas craft to do with the children and adds really personal touch to any Christmas gathering. Here’s our step-by-step guide to making your own.
Friday 21st October 2022
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Decorate the Christmas table with a Christmas cracker that you made yourself. Here is a step by step guide to making your own crackers for the Christmas table.

A Christmas cracker is a given on any Christmas table in the UK but making your own Christmas crackers really does add a more personal touch.

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS - A BRITISH TRADITION

As any Brit knows Christmas is hardly complete without a cracker on the table. Traditionally filled with a paper hat, a joke, and a small gift the wonderful thing about making your own Christmas crackers is that you can fill them with whatever you like or even personalise them to each guest!

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CHRISTMAS CRACKER?

You need:

  • Brown paper (or good quality Christmas wrapping paper)
  • Toilet roll
  • Optional string or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sprigs of pine and star anise for decoration
  • Candy or gift of your choice to put inside the cracker
  • Cracker tape, to make your crackers bang!
  • Glue

How to:

  1. Cut a piece of paper around 30 x 20 cm.
  2. Place a toilet roll in the middle of the paper and roll the paper around the toilet roll so that it is completely covered.
  3. At this point you can tape the paper shut if needed.
  4. Place your cracker tape inside the cracker and tie one of the ends shut using string or a piece of ribbon.
  5. Fill your cracker with a piece of candy and a gift, we used a paper tree decoration from DBKD but you really are only limited to the size of the cracker! Why not write your own jokes or a special note to each guest? Place everything inside the cracker and tie the other side shut making sure the cracker tape is still visible and held in place by the string.
  6. Finally, decorate your Christmas cracker with star anise and sprig of pine.
To make your own Christmas crackers you will need, scissors, paper, toilet rolls, candy, small gifts, decorations and string.

To make Christmas crackers, you need scissors, toilet rolls, string, paper of your choice and a sprig of pine, star anise or cinnamon stick as decoration.

Step 1 in making your own Christmas cracker: Cut your paper into a rectangle roughly 30 x 20cm.

Step 1: Cut your paper into a rectangle roughly 30 x 20cm.

Step two in making your own Christmas cracker, roll the paper around the toilet roll.

Step 2: Place the toilet roll in the middle of paper and roll the paper around the toilet roll. Tape the paper into place if you need to.

Step 3 in making your own Christmas crackers tie one end of the cracker shut.

Step 3: Tie one end of the Christmas cracker shut with a piece of string or lace.

Step 4 in making your own Christmas cracker - add your candy and small gifts to the cracker.

Step 4: Put a small surprise in the Cracker, such as a piece of candy, Christmas tree decoration or a personalised gift for each of your guests. Then tie the other end shut in the same way.

Step 5 in making your own christmas cracker - decorate the outside of the cracker!

Step 5: Finally, decorate your Christmas cracker with star anise, a cinnamon stick or whatever you prefer. Now the Christmas cracker is ready!

Your homemade Christmas cracker is now complete.

Making Christmas crackers is a perfectly simple Christmas craft to do with all the family and adds a truly personal touch to the Christmas table.

We hope your guests will appreciate that you made your very own Christmas crackers this year! Merry Christmas from us to you!

Photography: Elof Martinsson

Linnéa Axelson
Writer

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