Make Your Own Christmas Crackers


Handmade Christmas Crackers

By Hester van Overbeek for Rust-Oleum

Add your own personal touch to your festive table with some handmade Christmas crackers!

You will need:

Materials needed

  • A selection of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Craft Pots
  • Tissue paper (for the paper crown)
  • Brown/scrap paper (for the jokes)
  • Cracker snaps
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Paint brushes
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Glue stick
  • Cracker gifts

To make:

1.Start by painting sheets of A4 paper in any pattern you like, you’ll need one sheet of A4 per cracker. Hester created a pastel Christmas table by mixing Painter’s Touch in Bright Orange and Baby Pink paint with equals measures of White. She also used Antique White and Duck Egg Blue for small dots and swirls. Once complete, allow the paint to fully dry. Painter’s Touch is available in a selection of stunning colours and is certified toy-safe, making it ideal for handmade craft projects and gift ideas.

Painted A4 sheet

2.Print off the cracker template here.

3.Place your template on top of your painted paper (wrong way up) and trace the cut out sections with a pencil. Cut out the rhombus shapes on the painted paper and trace the fold marks. Fold the paper along the fold lines using a ruler.

Cut and fold

4.Cut your tissue paper into strips of 9 cm wide and 60 cm long and cut out triangles to create a crown shape. Glue the ends together (you can make smaller crowns for the children in your party).

Cut tissue to make paper crowns

5.Glue your cracker snap to the inside of your cracker, you want it to make a soft curve, cut off any excess.

Filling crackers

6.Place your toilet roll in the middle of your paper (trim the roll if needed) and roll up. Glue the paper together at the overlap. Fill each cracker with a crown, gift and joke. Seal shut by tying twine around the cracker ends and tie in a bow.

Allison Hay

I joined the My Weekly team ten years ago, and I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazine. I manage the digital content for the brand, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters. I also work for Your Best Ever Christmas - perfect as it's my favourite time of year!