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Christmas Crackers DIY

These crackers are traditionally for Christmas but I love making them for dinner parties or birthday parties. When pulled on each side the crackers make a little snap. Inside guests find prizes and treats and a paper crown. You can buy them but they are usually prettier and have better prizes inside if you make them yourself. They make a table look so festive and work great as place cards too. Find the full instructions, sources and photos below.

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Materials Needed: Little Prizes, Paper Crowns, Cracker Snaps, Cardboard Tubes, Wrapping Paper, Scissors, My Favorite Glue (a hot glue gun works too), Ribbon, Shaping Rollers (I buy my cracker supplies from here.)

Step 1: Take your wrapping paper, a snap, and the cardboard tube. Add glue to the end of the paper and then roll up tightly and seal.
Step 2: Remove one side of the cardboard shaper and tie off the end with ribbon. Leave the shaper in while you tie to help the end keep its shape. (Some people add the cardstock to help keep the shape but I prefer it not looking so “stiff.” )
Step 3: Fill with prizes and toys and candies, don’t forget the paper crowns.
Step 4: After the tube is filled with prizes unattach the  shaper, but keep it in while the last side is tied off.
Step 5: Once the cracker is made be sure and glue the brown snaps securely into each side of the cracker.
Step 6: Serve on dinner plates, guests must grasp each side and pull to tear open. Wear the paper crowns while eating!

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Crafting by Julie Manwaring at Flourish & Whim

  1. Kirsteen

    November 19, 2012

    Fantastic tutorial! I will be doing this for our family this year 🙂

  2. little kitchie

    November 19, 2012

    so cute! my mom always makes these for holidays 🙂 maybe i’ll give it a try now!

  3. Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop

    November 19, 2012

    Jordan — It was fun learning how to make these from you in person! This just might have to be a new tradition. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Emmberson (Odette's Writer)

    November 19, 2012

    This is a great idea. I like having the option of putting my own little prizes in them. Maybe I’ll even write my own little jokes to put inside….maybe not 🙂

  5. Gina

    November 19, 2012

    Very cute idea… if I put chocolate in, hopefully it will not melt in the process! 🙂

  6. mom in mendon

    November 19, 2012

    Crackers are in the picture on our English Spode Christmas Tree dishes. Fun!

  7. Vanessa

    November 19, 2012

    Perfect timing! I’ve been scouring the internet for a proper Christmas cracker tutorial. Many thanks!

  8. mindi

    November 19, 2012

    I just saw a tutorial for these in this month’s Martha Stewart Living, and thought, “Huh…it would be fun to make those…”

    Now I HAVE to make them! Thanks for the extra push. So fun.


  9. Charlotte

    November 19, 2012

    Love love this, I’m gonna do it.

  10. sarah

    November 19, 2012

    Those look like fun! Maybe they would be good for new years too! Filled with confettii!

  11. Sweet Harvest Moon

    November 20, 2012

    I used to make these when I was a kid, so much fun!

  12. Jessi

    November 20, 2012

    How fun! I actually love this for my wedding perhaps!

  13. Heidi

    November 21, 2012

    This is brilliant. My mum is British and we do crackers every year– I have wanted to make my own but didn’t realize you could buy the snaps– Yay! Thanks for this post. Happy Christmas!

  14. Teegan

    November 21, 2012

    How easy and pretty, thank god we have people like you in this word to help us all out! keep up the fantastic work ox

  15. fateme

    November 22, 2012

    very useful,thank you veru much. I’ll use it for my sister’s birthday

  16. Jenn S

    November 23, 2012

    would toilet paper tubes work for the cardboard tubes, or is there something special about that kind?

  17. Freya

    November 28, 2012

    I love Christmas Crackers! My family is English so we’ve had them as long as I can remember, but my boyfriend had never had them until last year. Now he loves them. When we were Thanksgiving shopping (back in October for us, we live in Canada) there were some at Costco and he wanted to get them but I told him they’re for Christmas.

    Such a great idea

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