How To Make Christmas Crackers

You can get sets to make Christmas crackers but it’s actually pretty easy to make your own anyway.   This is what you need:

  • Cracker snaps (I bought them from Hobbycraft for 79p for 12)
  • Toilet toll tubes (Just hang around outside cubicles in public toilets waiting for people to finish)
  • Pretty paper (like wrapping paper)
  • Pretty ribbon
  • Elastic bands (2 for each cracker)
  • Tape or glue
  • Perforated rotary cutter (I bought a little one for a few pound but you could also use scissors)

And here is what you do:


  1. Cut your paper to at least 28 x 15 cm and use the perforated rotary cutter to perforate across the paper around 5 cm in.  FYI this is how crackers work- you may have thought you were super strong last Christmas when you won all the cracker toys but really you just got lucky and pulled the perforated end,
  2. Place tube in the centre of the paper and insert the cracker snap through the tube.
  3. Tape or glue the ends of the cracker snap to the paper.
  4. Wrap the paper around the tube and tape or glue in place.
  5. Carefully place the elastic bands around the paper at the end of the tube, tie the ribbon around the elastic bands.   And done!

You can see a video of this tutorial here!

Christmas Crackers