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Christmas crackers are a common holiday tradition in numerous countries. When pulled apart, they make a popping noise and a small gift is revealed. Making them at home is easy and a great kid-friendly activity. This is a guide about homemade Christmas crackers.


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December 19, 2005

In 1847, Crackers were invented by Tom Smith who happened upon them by accident. Crackers are an integral part of British celebration and tradition that dates back to Victorian times: To learn more about the history of the Cracker visit

This tradition was brought to my family through my brother in law, and now is looked forward to each year. Here is an easy way to make your own Crackers.


*These have a string on either end and when you pull them they pop. You may be able to purchase these at a party supply store locally. If not, you can find them online at stores like this one:


To create the crown fold a full sheet of tissue paper in half (hot dog style) and fold it in half two more times the same direction. Then draw part of the crown on the bottom and cut. When you unfold it you should have points all the way around. Attach the two ends with a piece of tape and fold it so it will fit into the tube.

Putting the Tube Together:

Tape a charge inside the tube so that the strings come out each end place your candy, crowns, fortunes, prizes, and confetti inside the tube. Then wrap in up in tissue paper with extra sticking out each side. Tie each end with some ribbon, make sure the charge string is sticking out, you will pull these to make the pop and the prizes will come out.

To Use:

Have everyone gather in a circle with their cracker. Then cross arms, with each person holding one end of their cracker and grabbing the end of the cracker of the person next them. At the count of 3, everyone pulls on the crackers. The crackers will all pop and the prizes will fall out of the tubes. Then everyone can put on their crown and read their fortunes! It's a nice tradition.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 20, 20050 found this helpful

What a great idea!!! I'll have to keep this in mind for next year, unless I find the "charges". Thank you for posting it!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 2, 20060 found this helpful

I'm planning on doing it, it looks really fun!

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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

This is also a Mexican tradition. I am not sure what they call it though.

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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

I'm sorry, I'm confused with the instructions following "CROWN". Duh. I really want to do these for a birthday party.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 6, 20060 found this helpful

This is a great idea and I have been looking for the directions for a report that I am doing in a class. Thanks for posting it.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 17, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks I can do my school work now.

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December 10, 20150 found this helpful

I am thankful to have had this tradition at my Christmas dinner every year of my life. Instead of crossing arms, Once every one is sitting down we share to pull the ends with the person sitting beside you one for your left hand and one for your left. Everyone is expected to wear there crown until the meal is complete. I have 1970's pictures with my great aunt still wearing her crown doing the dishes. A great memory from my childhood. We always buy ours in the box or department store although they are getting harder to find and much more expensive each season.

Soon I will need to collect the pieces all year and make my own.

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December 10, 20150 found this helpful

We have always had crackers--unless we couldn't find enough. Sent it to my daughter for emergencies.

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December 15, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks so much for posting this. We spend so much on crackers!

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By 4 found this helpful
November 10, 2011

I use paper rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap, and anything else that has a roller in it. I have used them for all sorts of gifts:

Once I have these filled, I wrap them with the appropriate wrapping paper. Gather the paper at the ends and tie with ribbon pink for females, blue for males, and label them. At some craft shops you can buy the "snapper" that goes in the center, if you are using these be sure they are long enough to stick out both ends so they can be pulled.


I also do these and sell at craft fairs, I find making separate one for boys and girls, mom, dad, and pets are great sellers. I wrap them once they are filled and put a small sticker on them for what category they are for. Mom and Dad ones, I tie with pink or blue ribbon, same with the boys and girls. Be sure to mark what they are for, boys or dads, girl or moms, pets should be labeled for cats, dogs, or birds.

Have fun making these and the ones that get them will have fun opening them.

By Rose Marie G. from Merritt, BC, Canada

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

Sweet, I love this idea. I spend way too much on holiday crackers!

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

I am making these for my grandson's 3rd grade Christmas party this year. I plan on getting one of those bags of candy and novelties meant for pinatas to fill the rolls. Thought it would be something different for the kids rather than the normal cookies or cupcakes.

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December 1, 2009

Great fun for party treats or for packaging small gifts!

Approximate Time: 15 minutes



Cut a paper roll in half. How large a cardboard tube you need will depend on the size of the treats you plan to include or the size of the gift you plan to wrap using this technique. The example was made using a toilet paper roll.

Cut a piece of tissue paper or gift wrap paper large enough to wrap completely around the tube with enough extra paper at each end to tie with curling ribbon. (When placing the cardboard tube on the paper, leave a half-inch space between the rolls. This will make the breaking open of the popper easier for the recipient.) Secure the paper with a piece of tape.

Secure one end of the tube by twisting the paper and tying with a length of curling ribbon. Insert the treats (candy, small toys, stickers, etc. or small gift) and close the remaining end as directed above using the curling ribbon.

If plain tissue paper is used, the outside can be decorated with stickers or a hand-drawn design. If making these for a party, simply place the poppers in a festive bowl. This can be used as a table centerpiece or "served"to guests at the proper time!

Pam from McMinnville, TN

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December 7, 20090 found this helpful

I thought this was very sweet, and thrifty. I was thinking about some more stuff to send to some kids I am making stuff for and this is perfect. THanks so much. I have all the items just need to get some filler, so this is very economical for me. Way to go!

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December 16, 2014

Turn ordinary Christmas crackers into glamorous décor items for your Christmas Eve table. Just by adding a few simple elements to something as ordinary as a cracker, it is possible to have a table that wows your guests without breaking the bank in the process.

finished decorated crackers

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June 3, 2013

It's always nice to reuse things. A good thing in our house is to make our own Christmas crackers or crackers for a special event. We saved some empty toilet rolls.

Empty Toilet Rolls Crafted into Crackers

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