Make your Christmas a little more personal with some homemade Christmas crackers... read more
Christmas is nearly here but with a little help from the lovely and talented Rachel from The Ordinary Lovely, you will be able to create your very own Christmas crackers!
Christmas dinner simply isn’t complete without crackers. It’s the festive law. If you’re not wearing a paper hat when consuming turkey, I’m pretty sure that it results in you being placed on the naughty list the very next year. That said, when Christmas is already a somewhat expensive affair, it does bother me to buy crackers containing gifts that no one really wants. Be that the tacky plastic stuff or even the more expensive versions. There’s rarely anything in them that doesn’t get swept away in the post-Christmas dinner table clearing.
So, each year, I make my own. And fill them with little presents that people will genuinely love or use. It could be a tiny tree decoration, a cute keyring, a pair of festive socks or a handful of sweet treats. Think something small, lovely and easy to squeeze into a cracker.
These homemade crackers are so easy to make … easy enough that you can recruit your children to help out if you’re looking to keep them out of mischief in the build-up to the big day. If you choose colourful paper and pretty fabric, they don’t need to be perfect to look amazing on your Christmas dining table.
Here’s what you will need:
Wallpaper – a 35cm x 20cm cutting (I used Farnworth Pale Cranberry Stripe)
Double sided tape
Cardboard tube – around 12cm in length is best
Ribbon, twine, or fabric strips (I cut up strips of Penrith Check Cranberry)
Paper hats & jokes
Small presents to put inside the crackers
Position the cardboard tube in the centre of your wallpaper rectangle and keep it in place with double-sided tape.
And there you have it. Your very own homemade crackers. Use them as place settings for Christmas dinner, pop them on your tree or even stick them to the top of Christmas parcels as a final festive flourish. I hope you like them.
Have you made your own crackers this season? Let us know below or @LauraAshleyUK.