So yes I am well aware that you can buy Christmas crackers. They’re not that expensive and they come in a huge range of sizes, colours and extravagance and there’s really reason to make your own. That doesn’t stop me though. To me, homemade Christmas crackers are the way to go. It must be my crafty side showing through.
I like that by making your own you can decide what to stuff them with. It also means you get to choose the jokes to make sure they’re hilarious. If you follow me on Twitter you would have already had a little bit of my hilariousness this week with my daily #lameChristmasjokes. Oh how I love them.
I’d share the list of jokes that went into my crackers with you but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the ones cracking them this weekend. Let’s just say Google helped me out a lot.
I’m not sure that I should admit this but making crackers also means you can coordinate the hats to match your Christmas decor. There I said it. I’m just a little bit OCD about all my decorations matching. My gift wrap always matches my tree, in fact Will caught me moving a non-coordinating present to the back of the tree the other day (it just didn’t look right).
I collect the rolls from plastic wrap and aluminum foil for a few months leading up to Christmas but you can just roll up cardboard (I did that one year). As well as the rolls, you will need:
- paper to make the hats
- present (I used chocolates this year)
- crackers (you can get these at your local craft store)
- tape measure/ruler
- paper that coordinates with your decor
- sticky tape
I went all out and put two jokes in each cracker but you can also put little fortunes… anything you like really.
To finish them off, go crazy on decorating. I used my salt dough name tags and hot-glue-gunned them on that way the crackers will double as place settings for dinner.
What about you, have you made crackers before? Would you ever?
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