Finally going Crackers

A bit of a departure for me as I’m not known for my creativity but this year I decided to make my own Christmas crackers! I have made twelve for about 75p each. The benefits of homemade crackers are mainly cost and personalisation but it’s also great fun!

You will need:

  • tissue paper – various colours
  • cracker snaps20181029_121807-1
  • glue
  • scissors
  • toilet roll centres or rolled cardboard
  • coloured card for labels
  • string or ribbon for tying
  • tinsel and rosettes for decoration
  • cracker favours
    • personalised information sheet
    • small gifts (I used chocolate and small rubbery people!)
    • balloon confetti (this will please whoever cleans the room afterwards)
    • paper hats – various colours

To make:

  • use one sheet per cracker and fold in half width-ways


  • push snap into roll and secure in place
  • insert favours (holding one end to prevent them falling through)


  • glue the edge of the paper and stick to roll (being careful to keep contents in place)


  • roll into a long sausage and glue the end of the paper to prevent it unrolling
  • squeeze paper round the ends of the toilet roll and push in slightly
  • secure each end with string or ribbon
  • add personalised label
  • trim each end of cracker
  • run the back of a pair of scissors along the ribbon ends to make ringlets
  • decorate to the full extent of your creative ability (as you can see I have little)


Have a wonderful Christmas!

About Julie Haiselden

Since 1999, I've worked in the NHS and am blessed with a happy family life. I write books and am a very amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and photography (although my enthusiasm for the latter, outweighs my skill set). Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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2 Responses to Finally going Crackers

  1. Georgia Rose says:

    Love these… and the fact you have made them already!!

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