There a ton of excellent DIY resources to make a Christmas cracker, which I’ll share at the bottom of this post. But if you’ll indulge me, I’ll share some photos of how I made some for the kiddos. Of course, this tutorial is a DIY on how to make a Christmas cracker sans Christmas snaps.
Honestly, it’s so easy to make. In fact, if you hunt around your house for these things right now, you’ll probably find everything you need to make some. Check out the supply list below.
1. curling ribbon
2. glue (my preferred glue is Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
3. toilet paper rolls
4. Christmas jokes (see step 2 in Contents Inside a Christmas Cracker)
5. card stock paper (shown in red above)
6. Christmas wrapping paper (Peanuts Christmas theme shown above)
8. tissue paper (to make crown hats)
9. roll of wrapping paper (smaller in diameter than the diameter of the toilet paper)
10. craft paper, butcher paper, large solid colored wrapping paper (to make Christmas Cracker puzzle, not shown above)
Contents Inside a Christmas Cracker
Before I go over the steps to wrap a Christmas cracker, first, we need to go over the contents that go inside a Christmas cracker.
1. crown made out of tissue paper
2. Christmas joke
3. candy/trinket/or Christmas Cracker Puzzle (original at Hometown Betty)
Step 1. Make a crown out of tissue paper.
Step 1a. I bought a prepackaged red, green, multi-color tissue wrapping set from Michaels (approx. reg. price $2.99). Because the dimensions of the tissue paper were 20″x20″, the width of the paper was too small to wrap around my son’s head. So I cut it at a diagonal to give me plenty of room to work with.
Step 1b. Using your child’s head as a guideline, cut the width of the tissue at about two to three inches. Then fold paper over until it is about the desired length to cut an angle for the crown. I gave myself about an inch before I made my cut, but you can make your crown tips as high or wide as you like.
Step 1c. After measuring the final crown circumference around your child’s head, cut off excessive tissue paper and glue together. Then set aside.
Step 2. Make Christmas jokes (w/ Free Download).
I don’t know many jokes, and there were plenty available on the Internet. Here are several sites to find the right set of jokes for your party guests:
Huffington Post’s Christmas Jokes via Twitter
Telepgraph’s 50 Best CHristmas Cracker Jokes Ever
Why Christmas’ Christmas Cracker Jokes (This is the one I used because I thought it was the most suitable for elementary school students, or as some of our European friends would say those in reception/primary school.)
Print, cut, and set aside.
To save you time, I have already organized Why Christmas’ “clean” Christmas cracker jokes into a nice little file for you. DOWNLOAD Christmas Cracker Jokes HERE!
Here are some new jokes I read with our kids from World Market’s Christmas Crackers:
Q: What do you get if you cross a snowman and a vampire?
Q: Why did the tomato turn red?
A: It saw the salad dressing.
Q: What did the crocodile swallow in Peter Pan?
A: Alarm clock.
Step 3. Make a Christmas Cracker Puzzle (w/ Free Downloads)
Now, this is a unique idea on Hometown Betty. Instead of adding more sugar or trinkets to your child’s collection, why not add a simple picture puzzle for your students? The kids were already getting a real Christmas cracker from their teacher, and this DIY Christmas Cracker puzzle would make a fun group activity entertaining at any party.
Step 3a. I copied and pasted a jpg. file, such as the one from HD Wallpaper Inn’s Christmas tree coloring page. (Why reinvent the wheel, when there’s plenty of great stuff out on the Internet?) I enlarged portions of the jpg. file to create a larger puzzle. You can do this with just about an photo or picture you like, but if you would like to use the one I enlarged, DOWNLOAD CHRISTMAS TREE PUZZLE HERE. (After all, the work’s done for you!)
Step 3b. Cut excess white edges off, then color Christmas puzzle. You can skip this if your photo or picture is in color. But I like to save my printer ink, and so I used some old markers, and it worked out just fine.
After piecing together my puzzle, I realized a couple of the kids would have a blank puzzle piece, so I added a “Merry and Bright” sign onto the empty spaces of the puzzle. You can DOWNLOAD Merry and Bright HERE and add to your puzzle.
Step 3c. Depending on the size of the class, cut the puzzle into the appropriate amount of pieces, one for each child in the class.
Step 3d. Using some butcher paper, craft paper, or large wrapping paper as the backdrop to tape puzzle pieces, mark borders on backdrop (shown in red) as a guideline for spots to place puzzle pieces.
Step 3e. Make a title for your puzzle. You can DOWNLOAD PUZZLE TITLE HERE. Print, cut, and paste at the top of your puzzle backdrop.
Step 3f. Set aside pieces and backdrop.
The Making of a Christmas Cracker
Step 1. Cut Christmas wrapping paper roll and cut wrapping to size. Give yourself an additional two inches on each side of the toilet paper.
Step 2. Glue Christmas wrapping paper around toilet paper. Add a dab of glue to the edge and secure wrapping paper around roll.
Step 3. Choose an alternate color of card stock paper and cut card stock with about 1 1/2′” in width to fit inside the edges of the cracker.
Step 4. Take a tissue crown hat, Christmas puzzle, and Christmas joke, and place inside Christmas cracker.
Step 5. Using a smaller roll of wrapping paper (in this case roll of green wrapping paper), secure the edge of the Christmas cracker. Tie knot with curling ribbon. Repeat step 5 on other side. Cut excess curling ribbon.
Step 6. Voila! Project Complete!
Other DIY Christmas Cracker Tutorials:
Martha Stewart’s DIY Paper Christmas Crackers (with free template)
Oh Happy Day’s DIY Christmas Crackers (with excellent photos)
Instructables Make Your Own Personalised Christmas Crackers via germanboy
What’s a Christmas Cracker?
Hope your loved one enjoys learning about a new Christmas tradition!
From my hometown to yours,