How to make your Christmas cracker

Give your Christmas dinner table a personal touch with homemade crackers.

What we’ve got for you
  • Cracker snap
  • Party hat

What you need

  • Toilet-roll tubes, or thin postal tubes cut to size
  • Attractive A4 paper (wrapping paper, comic book pages - whatever you think will look good)
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Thin card, at least 20cm long
  • Decorative string or ribbon
  • Small but exciting things to put inside the cracker
  • An embarrassingly non-funny joke

Step one

Place the toilet-roll tube in centre of the long edge of your paper. Hold it in place with some sticky tape.

Step two

Thread the cracker snap through the toilet-roll and tape it down to one side of the paper. Roll the tube across the paper, then secure with 3 bits of tape along the seam, in the centre and ends.

Step three

Cut two 20x5cm strips from the thin card. Curl each one into a circle and place one inside each end of the cracker, leaving roughly 2cm sticking out of the end. Hold the card in place with a little sticky tape.

Step four

At one end of the cracker, form the hand signal for “OK” around the gap between the toilet roll and the card. Gently squeeze and twist a little with your thumb and forefinger, while using your other hand to hold the card in shape. Keep squeezing until the cracker has a nicely defined neck to it. Tie a piece of string or ribbon around the neck of the cracker. Cut off any straggly bits or make a bow.

Step five

Place a party hat, a joke and a little surprise in the open end of the cracker. Seal the open end as in the previous step.


Done! Your cracker is ready.


(If you liked this little taster and want to make more of your own, you can purchase snaps and party hats on Amazon or ebay)