I’m always on the lookout for fun and easy traditions to incorporate at our family holidays, and these homemade Christmas crackers are perfect. They could also be so fun for birthdays, New Year’s Eve and other celebrations.
Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. Christmas crackers are made of colorful paper tied like a large candy, and a cracker is placed next to each plate at the Christmas dinner table. When the crackers are torn apart – with a pop – a colorful paper crown, toy, candy and a festive joke fall out. Fun, right?
These are simple to make! You will need small novelties, a joke (free printable below), paper crowns, cracker snaps, wrapping paper or tissue paper, scissors, glue or a hot glue gun, and ribbon. I would have used craft glue over hot glue, but no one is fessing up to who “borrowed” the glue from my crafting supplies.
I bought my cracker snaps and crowns from Olde English Crackers. They have really fast shipping and processing. They also sell finished crackers if time isn’t on your side this year.
Ready to get crafty?
DIY Christmas Crackers
- Small novelties (toys, candy, etc.)
- Jokes (free printable below, just print and trim)
- Paper crowns (these would be an easy DIY too)
- Cracker snaps
- Wrapping paper or tissue paper, cut down to 10×15″ for each cracker
- Glue or a hot glue gun
- A paper towel tube, cut down to 8″ wide
Step 1. Take your rectangle of wrapping paper and place one snap in the center. Add a tiny dot of glue on the ends of the snap just to hold it in place.
Step 2. Place the cardboard tube at the bottom of your 15″ wide rectangle of paper and loosely roll up toward the top. This serves as a guide to help give you that nice round Christmas cracker shape. Place one dot of glue to seal the seam closed.
Step 3. Leaving the cardboard tube in place for now, tie off one end of your cracker with ribbon. I found it helpful to grasp the end and lightly twist.
Step 4. Shake the cardboard tube out and fill the cracker with your toys and candies, joke and paper crown.
Step 5. Gently twist the open end closed, being careful to keep the tube shape intact, and tie off with another ribbon. If it isn’t perfect, no worries. You’re going to rip that bad boy open anyway.
Step 6. When ready to use, dinner guests will grasp one end of their cracker while their neighbor helps them pull it apart with a loud SNAP. Share jokes and wear the paper crowns while eating dinner!
Free Christmas Cracker Jokes Printable
These jokes are bad (as Christmas cracker jokes are supposed to be). My kids will love them!
Christmas Cracker Jokes by Three Little Monkeys Studio