By: Giordy Viviani
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Bored of useless plastic toys and tired jokes every year? Our homemade Christmas crackers couldn’t be easier to make, and will sit pretty on a festive dining table as you tuck into turkey and pigs in blankets.

Why not tailor each cracker to its recipient with unique jokes and toys you know they’ll love? It’s a much more personal touch than a bought festive cracker and much more fun to make.

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How to Make Your Own Christmas Crackers

A beautiful homemade cracker with plenty of ‘bang’, you’ll be the hostess with the mostess in no time with these!


Equipment and Materials You'll Need...

  • Kitchen roll tubes
  • Wrapping paper (cut to A4)
  • Sticky tape or a hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cracker snaps
  • Thin ribbon
  • Toys, jokes and party hats!

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Cut the kitchen roll tube into three parts.

Have two of equal size and one slightly larger piece (at least 2 -3 cm larger). The larger piece will be used as the centre of the cracker.

Cut the kitchen roll tube into three parts.
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Score the A4 wrapping paper into 3 equal sections and place the three pieces of tube into the centre of each section.

Remember to put the larger kitchen roll tube in the central section, and leave enough of a gap between each tube so that you'll be able to tie the ribbon in between later on. There's no need to secure the tubes to the paper yet however.

Score the A4 wrapping paper into 3 equal sections and place the three pieces of tube into the centre of each section.
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Tape the ends of the cracker snap to the paper.

Only tape the ends otherwise it won’t make a snapping sound when you pull it. Place the cracker snap about an inch in from the long edge of the paper.

Tape the ends of the cracker snap to the paper.
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Tightly roll the paper around the tubes.

Before rolling, stick your tubes to the edge of your paper on top of the cracker snaps. Then afterwards, use a glue gun or sticky tape to stick the opposite seam of the cracker. You’ll need to stick the entire seam to secure all three tubes.

Tightly roll the paper around the tubes.
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Use your ribbon to tie a bow around the central kitchen roll tube.

Make sure to tie the ribbon tightly so that the wrapping paper bunches together in the middle. This will prevent your cracker prizes from falling out before it's pulled.

Use your ribbon to tie a bow around the central kitchen roll tube.
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Before tieing the second ribbon, carefully drop your gifts into the cracker.

We recommend putting in small toys and trinkets, party hats and jokes (why not make up some funny jokes of your own for a more personal touch!)

Before tieing the second ribbon, carefully drop your gifts into the cracker.
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Once you're happy with the contents of your cracker, tie up the second ribbon.

Again, make sure you tie the ribbon tightly in order to close up the end of your cracker.

Once you're happy with the contents of your cracker, tie up the second ribbon.

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