Make Your Own Christmas Crackers

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.


  • toilet paper tubes
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon
  • charges or snaps*
  • candy
  • small prizes
  • confetti
  • little pieces of paper with jokes, fortunes, or poems on them

*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:

Toilet paper tubes and tissue paper



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. Tissue Paper Crown

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. Hands holding holiday crackers in a circle

Photo of homemade holiday crackers.
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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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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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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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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