Sweet Magazine - Christmas Lunch in the Blue Mountains and a Christmas Cracker Tutorial

DIY Christmas Crackers are perfect when you want crackers in a particular colour, size, or filled with your own fun favours. For Issue Five of Sweet Magazine, along with styling a stunning Christmas Lunch, Nicole from Penny Lane Studio created these stylish Christmas Crackers and shared the how-to.

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Every Christmas we would visit our family friend’s house after the Christmas lunch. Our gorgeous host would make her own crackers and instead of putting cracker snaps in, we had to shout ‘bang!’ when we pulled them. I couldn’t stop thinking about the craziness this used to create around the table as I was making the crackers for this Sweet Magazine Shoot!

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Bang!

If you do want to create more of a pop, head to your local craft shop where you’ll find special DIY cracker kits which include the poppers. You’ll also find bags of the poppers (without the kit) at specialist party shops and suppliers.

Personalise.

If you know ahead of time who’ll be at your Christmas lunch, personalise your crackers with the names of your guests and a special treat just for them. If you use anything that has glass in it (like mini bottle of alcohol – drink responsibly!) make sure you let them know, or you’ll end up cleaning broken glass off your beautifully prepared table! Crafty projects for the kids to pay with later in the day, inside jokes, and pretty much anything you can fit inside your tube is going to turn the average Christmas cracker into a main event at lunch!

Cardboard Tubes.

The ideal cardboard tube is a toiled roll which makes a great sized template for crackers. But if they’re too small for your gifts, of you’d prefer not to use them, grab a rolling pin or straight sided glass the width you’d like your DIY Christmas Crackers to be, and use it to make sure all of your tubes are the same size. if you’re going to stuff some of them with something a little larger, measure first by popping the items onto your cardboard and rolling around the goodies. mark the point the cardboard reaches and cut a cm or two larger to allow you some room to tick.

Making your own DIY Christmas Crackers means you can get the perfect colour for your table, do away with the low quality toys that are often a chock hazard for young children who want to join in on the fun, and create some fun memories!

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Trim your cardboard to the width of your toilet roll, approximately 20cm. Usng the toilet roll as a template to make the inner tubes of your DIY Christmas Crackers, wrap the cut cardboard around the toilet paper roll and glue. Once the glue has cured, slide the cardboard off the toilet roll. Repeat for as many Christmas Crackers you want to make.

Sweet Magazine - Christmas Lunch in the Blue Mountains and a Christmas Cracker Tutorial

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Next, trim your tissue paper so it overlaps by about 10cm on each end of the cardboard tube. Wrap the tube in the trimmed tissue paper and glue along the edge to hold in place.

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Tie one end of the tube using doubled up cotton. Add in your goodies and tie the other end.

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Finally, add two bands of contrasting cardboard to the outside of your crackers. Make sure that one of the bands is slightly bigger than the other, we’ve used a white band, with a slightly smaller light grey band on top.

Punch out a mitif, initials, names, or anything you’d like to personalise your cracker.

Keep all of your joins in the one place so that when you put your crackers on the table, your joins are on the bottom and your motif is on the top!

Sweet Magazine - Christmas Lunch in the Blue Mountains and a Christmas Cracker Tutorial

You can also see how we added a little pizazz to store bought crackers here.

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