Woohoo it’s nearly Christmas, all the preparations are in full flow, the menu is planned and dinner is ordered. Also this year I have made home made Christmas Crackers to fit my rustic Christmas table. And this Home Made Christmas Crackers Template is super easy to follow.
Home Made Christmas Crackers Template With Gin And Chocolate to be precise!
Christmas crackers are always such an anti climax aren’t they? You spend a small fortune on them they look so pretty and promise great things and then you end up with a set of silver dice.
So this year I decided to make meaningful crackers, something that would be of use. And what better surprise than a little bottle of your fave gin or a tasty treat. This Home Made Christmas Crackers Template means, Christmas crackers are made in minutes if you own a Cricut, however could be hand cut with a good craft knife and a lot of patience.
To make homemade gin crackers, you will need:
A Cricut Explore or craft knife
6 sheets of natural and corrugated cardstock
1 sheet if white card stock
Ribbon to tie the crackers
How to make homemade Christmas Crackers that pop with a Christmas Cracker Template
Start by finding a cracker template on my Cricut Design space. The pattern in the design space has a polka dot contour, this did not work for the look I wanted to create. However by selecting the contour tool I was able to select and remove the dots to create a solid cracker.
Firstly size the cracker, the exact dimensions are on the mat below, I found this the best size to fit the cutting mat. Alternatively for a larger cracker you will need a 12×24 mat.
Also if cutting corrugated card ensure the ridges run the length of the cracker and not around it, it makes it hard to roll.
Choose a decoration to cut for the cracker, I chose a star which we decorated with glitter.
Secure the snap to the inside of the cracker with a little tape at each end of the cracker.
Now place double-sided sticky tape along the centre and each end of the top of the scored edge(Not the tab end)
Roll the cracker around a rolling-pin, being careful to tuck the tabs in and stick the edges down.
Cut out your jokes.
Secure one end of the cracker with ribbon before popping your gifts/gin and jokes inside before securing the opposite end.
Lastly decorate with a snowflake of whatever cut-out you choose, these can be personalised which is a great idea, also if you have popped a bottle of gin inside (I would also advise the recipient of a gin cracker to hold the body of the cracker whilst pulling!)
Happy cracker making, it’s so satisfying to be able to lay the table with personalised crackers. Also gin crackers make great stocking fillers and gifts. What not to love about a gin gift? x
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