Woohoo it’s nearly Christmas, all the preparations are in full flow, the menu is planned and dinner is ordered. And this year I have made my own Christmas Crackers to fit my rustic Christmas table.
Gin and chocolate crackers 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. These 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 Christmas 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:
I started by finding a cracker template on my Cricut Design space. The pattern in the design space had a polka dot contour, which 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.
Size the cracker, the exact dimensions are on the mat below, I found this the best size to fit the cutting mat. For a larger cracker you will need a 12×24 mat.
Choose a decoration for the cracker, I chose a star which we decorated with glitter.
Once the shape is cut out (if cutting corrugated card , ensure the ridges run the length of the cracker and not around it, it makes it hard to roll)
Secure the snap to the inside of the cracker with a little tape at each end of the cracker.
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.
And lastly decorate with a snowflake of whatever cut-out you choose, these can be personalised which is a great idea 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 per personalised crackers. And gin crackers also make great stocking fillers and gifts. What not to love about a gin gift? x
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