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DIY Christmas Cracker Upgrade

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

We love this quick and relatively easy way to jazz up your Christmas crackers. It’s great if you’re using up last year’s crackers and can’t find enough that match (if you want them to match), or you want something fun to liven up the table. If you want to make yours like ours, you can download the Bang! and Pop! template here.

DIY Christmas Cracker Upgrade

You can follow our Christmas Cracker Upgrade instructions to make your own Christmas crackers too, just use some cardboard rolled into a small tube and fill with your own treats!


Measure some brown kraft paper the length of your store bought Christmas crackers and cut allowing for an overhang.

Tape the paper to your cracker to hold it in place.

Use some double sided tape, or fold over some tape and tape the inside of the paper so you can’t see the tape from the outside. Wrap the paper tightly around the Christmas cracker and secure. Make sure you’ve only taped around the centre of the cracker so that the paper will scrunch down around the ends of the crackers.

Use your fingers to gently scrunch the paper into the ends of the crackers. Use a piece of double sided tape, or doubled over tape on the underside of the paper to secure the paper as the ends of the cracker. Fold any overhanging paper inside the end of each cracker for a neat finish.

Cut out the Bang! and Pop! templates, and use a craft knife to carefully cut out the letters.

We’ve used some wide, open weave glitter ribbon from the $2 shop, folded over a few times and taped to the underside of the templates for our crackers. You could use a contrasting piece of paper, some satin ribbon, fabric, or just let the kraft paper show through. We’ve only added the ribbon to the area that the letters have been cut out.

Finish your cracker upgrade with some twine tied around each end of the cracker, and ta da! You’re ready to go!

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine | Christmas Cracker DIY

Sweet Magazine Issue Five

Sweet’s Celebrate Issue is in-store December 18, and filled with tonnes of DIY ideas for Christmas and New Year! Pre-order now in our online shop, or find Celebrate! at major news agents in Australia from December 18.

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