DIY: Christmas Crackers

Hello friends! I have a breathtaking wedding coming up today, but first I wanted to share a DIY from our archives that’s become a bit of an SBB tradition. I love making my own crackers for the Christmas table, even if it is a bit time consuming and fiddly. But it really makes things special for your guests to have a gift you choose just for them and doubles up as a place setting. Plus, since I’m sadly not making it back to SA for the holiday season this year, these pics remind me of the last time I had Christmas lunch with my mom and dad. So enjoy, and pop back just after lunch for that wedding gorgeousness! PS All the materials below were picked up for a reasonable price from the CNA and a couple of other stores at the local mall.

What you’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Stiff paper (one A4 sheet per cracker)
  • Cracker snaps (I got mine from inside some cheap crackers)
  • Double sided tape
  • Ribbon, raffia or twine
  • Embellishments of your choice
  • Gifts for inside the crackers
  • Jokes (I found the cheesiest xmas themed jokes I could online, typed them up and printed them onto plain white paper, then cut them out and curled them)
  • Sweets
  • Scissors, craft knife, cutting board, glue, sticky tape

  1. Cut each sheet of paper into two 5cm x 21cm pieces and one 15cm x 21cm piece. Roll them into cylinders and attach with double sided tape.
  2. Centre the biggest cylinder on the wrapping paper, attaching it with double sided tape and then rolling, keeping taut. Be gentle with the wrapping paper as it can crease easily.

  1. Attach the end of the wrapping paper with more tape.

  1. Slide one of the two smaller cylinders into one end of the roll and leave a large gap between it and the central cylinder. Be sure that the end of the wrapping paper is secured with tape to keep the shape when tying it.
  2. Tie your ribbon around the gap and pull to gather. Secure with a bow. You can tuck in the ends of the wrapping paper and secure them with glue. If you do this, be sure to cut small slices into the paper to ensure it glues together smoothly.

  1. Remove the cracker snaps from the cheap crackers (if applicable). Apply sticky (Scotch) tape to each end.
  2. Using the sticky tape, secure the snap inside the cracker, allowing flexibility for tying the second side.

  1. Fill the cracker with sweets, a small gift and a joke (or whatever else you fancy). If your gifts are quite narrow, try to position sweets at the tube opening first and handle carefully to make sure the contents don’t fall out.
  2. Embellish as you choose (I created labels using scrapbooking supplies (from CNA) so we know which cracker belongs to which guest).

  1. Voila! Make as many crackers as you need – and enjoy!


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