DIY Christmas Crackers

Easy DIY Christmas Crackers! Make these simple Christmas Crackers in minutes to be ready for the holiday season!

Christmas table display with text overlay "DIY Christmas crackers using dollar store supplies"

These DIY Christmas Crackers may just be one of my favourite holiday DIYs I’ve ever done! And I’ve done a lot of them! Something about creating a beautiful, sustainable, decor. I’ve seen so many Christmas crackers, but most of them are brightly coloured, and not quite my aesthetic, so I made an alternative.

This project is one of six holiday decorations we made, and it’s a quick and inexpensive DIY that we did along with other dollar store projects to get ready for the holiday season!

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How to Make your DIY Christmas Crackers

Materials Needed

Step-by-step Tutorial for your DIY Christmas Crackers

When I saw this linen fabric at Dollarama, I was shocked! It was such a beautiful colour, and you rarely see fabrics like this – I knew immediately that I would be finding some DIYs to do with the fabric. If you don’t have any at your local dollar store, you can use fabric scraps, or use linen sheets from amazon.

Linen Fabric

To make your simple DIY Christmas crackers, you’ll need the cracker snaps too. These are what make the fun sound when you open the crackers. They are fun, but not necessary for these Christmas crackers to be super cool.

Christmas Cracker Sticks

To start, unravel the linen, grab some empty toilet paper rolls and grab your cracking sticks.

Linen Fabric

It turned out for me that the linen from the dollar store was the exact width I needed to make these DIY Christmas crackers work. You may have to cut your linen to the appropriate size.

Preparing Christmas Cracker

You can put anything you want on the inside, and since you’re filling them yourself, you can cater to your audience at home. We bought some dollar store tags to write silly holiday jokes for the kids and a few little toys to fill up the space (a little notebook and pen, holiday stickers, rings, cars, etc.)

Then tape the sticks to the inside with washi tape, fill them up with toys and the tags, and wrap them in the linen fabric. Once they are wrapped, use some jute string to tie up the edges. I also ended up adding a couple of dollar store bells to the ends to bring a little extra holiday flare to the decorations.

One nice side benefit is that these are completely sustainable and reusable and/or recyclable! If you’re curious about other tape and wrapping options that are sustainable, I shared a ton of eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas last year.

Cut enough of the linen sheet to wrap around the toilet paper roll twice so that it’s not see through. From my dollar store linen, each sheet was able to make three Christmas crackers.

Tying Christmas Crackers

Our Finished DIY Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers

I absolutely love how these DIY Christmas crackers turned out. I think, honestly, the grownups and the kids are going to have a lot of fun with them.

DIY Christmas Crackers

I put our DIY Christmas crackers on display in the living room because I think that they’re really pretty and act as a decor piece until we open them and have fun with them. I was just overall, really, really happy with this project. I’ll definitely be saving the fabric and making them again in future years!

DIY Christmas Crackers
Christmas Crackers

More Dollar Store Holiday Season Projects

This Christmas countdown was one of 6 projects I did to get ready for the holiday season using dollar store supplies. Check out the video below to see how I made the other 5 quick and easy projects!

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DIY Christmas Crackers

DIY Christmas Crackers

Yield: 1
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Easy DIY Christmas Crackers! Make these simple Christmas Crackers in minutes to be ready for the holiday season!

Materials

  • Dollar store linen fabric
  • Etsy Christmas cracker sticks
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Dollar store toys that fit in a toilet paper roll
  • Dollar store tags
  • Washi tape
  • Jute string

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Unravel the linen sheet
  2. Place the toilet paper roll centered on the linen sheet, and the Christmas cracker stick centered in the toilet paper roll
  3. Cut the amount of linen that will wrap around the toilet paper roll twice
  4. Write jokes on dollar store tags
  5. Tape the Christmas cracker stick inside the toilet paper roll with washi tape
  6. Place a toy and a dollar store tag inside the toilet paper roll along with the Christmas cracker stick
  7. Wrap Christmas cracker in the linen fabric
  8. Tie up the edges with jute string

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