Easy DIY Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers are an English tradition that I absolutely love. The past few years I've been buying the empty ones and filled them with little personalized presents for the family.

This year I thought to make them from scratch myself to support #makesmthng campaign.

If you decide to follow this tutorial and make your own Christmas crackers, please tag your photos on Instagram with #_twomeDIYtutorial. I'll be reposting your photos on Boxing Day! I'm looking forward to see your beautiful handmade creations!

easy tutorial to make Christmas crackers

Christmas Cracker Tutorial:


Empty toilet rolls

Wrapping paper

Ribbons or Twine

Paper tags

Cracker snaps

Any A4 size paper (to use as a template)






Step 1:

First you need to cut your wrapping paper in A4 size (20x30cm) using your template.

Wrapping paper cut in A4 size

Step 2:

Measure 10cm in from each side at the top and at the bottom. Join the marks with two straight lines.

marked wrapping paper

Step 3:

Attach the cracker snap at the top of the paper with some glue, using the glue gun, on each end.

add the snap cracker

Step 4:

Place 3 toilets rolls at the top of the paper and roll them down. Using the glue gun, fix the paper.

start to roll using three toilet rolls

Step 5:

Pull one toilet roll at one end leaving about 1.5-2cm gap, then twist and push in.

twist and push the end part of the cracker

Step 6:

Take a piece of twine and tie a knot around it, then remove the toilet roll.

tie a knot with a piece of twine or ribbon

Step 7:

Fill the cracker with a little gift, hand written joke (on a spare piece of wrapping paper) and Christmas hat (quick tutorial below).

add present, joke and Christmas hat to your cracker

Step 8:

Repeat step 5 and 6 by also adding a hand written name paper tag and your Christmas cracker is done!

work in progress Christmas cracker
examples of finished hand made Christmas crackers

Christmas Hat tutorial:


Tissue paper (for the crowns)

Gel pens (for the crowns)


Sticky tape

Step 1:

Cut a strip of tissue paper about 8 cm high by using the whole length of the package of tissue paper.

Step 2:

Fold the paper accordion-style and then cut triangle shapes at the top.

how to make a Christmas hat tutorial

Step 3:

Take the first tissue paper strip and add your own decorative design by using the gel pens. I used gold and silver colours. I find gel pens perfect, especially if the kids are helping, as they don't ruin the thin tissue paper.

decorate your hand made Christmas hat

Step 4:

Measure the Christmas hat length to about 60cm and trim the ends (for the kids I made them slightly smaller). Then overlap the two ends and stick them together with some transparent tape. Your hat is now done!

finish you handmade Christmas hat
Christmas Crackers with handwritten name tag

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