These crackers were a pretty simple and quick last minute Christmas craft project. I found a leftover cracker from a past Christmas, which I deconstructed to create a cardboard template. I traced the template onto a sheet of A4 180gsm red glitter cardstock from Hobbycraft. I cut out the template by hand using a craft knife and then attached a cracker snap at either end on the inside. (I already had some snaps in my stash, but you can buy them from craft stores or online). I assembled the cracker and inserted a small gift, homemade tissue paper crown and festive joke before securing both ends with silver twine. As a finishing touch I added a simple star cut from silver pearlescent cardstock.
The beauty of making your own Christmas crackers is that you can decorate them in so many different ways and match them to your table decor. My main reason for making my own crackers was to avoid the enviromentally unfriendly plastic rubbish that you find in all but the most expensive crackers. It can be a little tricky to find items small enough to fit inside a cracker, but here are some suggestions for inexpensive cracker fillers: wrapped candy or chocolates; travel size toileteries; mini stationery items; friendship bracelets; scratch cards or lottery tickets; miniature spirit bottles (adults only). Jokes are a Christmas cracker essential and I used a free printable PDF file from Get Silvered for my crackers.