To celebrate the season (and our cracking festive theme!) we recently ran a series of Christmas cracker-making workshops in several of our stores. The events went down a storm, so we thought we’d share a little how-to for everyone who couldn’t attend the workshops but fancies trying their hand at a spot of Christmas cracker crafting.
You will need:
(Makes one cracker)
Cracker joke, trivia or fact (see our round up of the best cracker jokes, coming soon to the blog!)
Small gift (for the workshops we used lanyards, rubbers, hair accessories, key rings and glasses straps)
Card for cracker outer (roughly 140 x 300mm)
Stiffener card for cracker centre (medium weight, made into a 140 x 120mm tube. If the card/paper for your cracker outer is quite thin you may also need a supporting tube for the outside.)
Decorative flourishes such as ribbons, bows and bells – anything goes!
Double-sided tape or a glue gun
Mince pie and mulled wine (optional)
Cut the cracker outer card/paper to 140 x 300mm, or a size that will fit your gift.
Draw a line 70mm from each short edge and fold along this line.
Whilst the card is folded, cut out triangles roughly 15mm high and 4mm apart along both short edges. These will help your cracker sit neatly and snap properly when pulled.
Roll the stiffener card for the inside into a tube with a slight overlap and stick together with tape.
Apply double sided tape (or glue) down one long edge in three sections, taking care not to cover the holes you cut previously.
Place the cracker snap inside the cracker outer, then place the stiffener tube on top. Peel the double sided tape if using, then roll the cracker up, making sure it lines up straight, and stick together.
Use half the ribbon to snugly tie one side of the cracker.
Pop in the party hat, joke, gift and any extra surprises you like.
Use the remaining piece of ribbon to tie up the other side of the cracker.
Now let your Christmas creativity run wild – it’s time to decorate your cracker! Think more ribbon, bows, glitter, bells, personalising with letter stamps… use your imagination!
All that’s left is to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie whilst admiring your handiwork.