How to Make Christmas Crackers (Bon Bons)

how to make christmas crackers or bon bons

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Getting Started

How to make christmas crackers
The Spruce / Caylin Harris

We're on board with beloved British Christmas traditions. Here's one that will add a special touch to your holiday this season—are you ready for it? Christmas crackers! Not only are these fun little presents to keep kids (and who are we kidding, adults, too) entertained at a holiday dinner.

We've tweaked the concept a little, so there are a little less snap and a lot more fun. These are especially perfect for little kids who might not like the sound. But here's the best part: The materials you need to make these on your own couldn't be simpler. In fact, we bet you probably already have everything you need.

Gather Your Supplies

supplies and materials need to make christmas crackers or bon bons
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Here's what you'll need to create these Christmas crackers on your own:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Tissue paper
  • Double stick tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Prizes and goodies

Tips and Ideas

  • There's an advantage to using a toilet paper tube over scrapbook paper: It gives the crackers more durability.
  • Bonus points if you get pretty tissue paper. We're always really impressed with the options at Paper Source.
  • If you don't want to use tissue paper, you can also use leftover wrapping paper.
  • For the prizes, the more fun and whimsical, the better. You can put candy, small toys, confetti, or even a handwritten compliment or joke inside each one.

Wrap the Base

making christmas crackers or bon bons
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To start, cut down your tissue paper so that it's longer than the toilet paper tube on each side. You want the excess paper to form those fun fringe-y ends later.

Using the double stick tape like you're wrapping an oddly-shaped gift, tape down one edge of the tissue paper, and then on top of it, tape down the other edge. The paper should form the same tube shape as the toilet paper tube, but longer.

Tie Ends With Ribbon

making christmas crackers or bon bons
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Start by tying the bottom end of the tube with a ribbon Just like with the paper, the prettier your ribbon, the better. You can also use yarn, string, or twine.

Using the side that's open, place all of your surprises inside. Work slowly and carefully until the tube is filled. Once you've finished, tie off the open end with your ribbon.

And, ta-da! You're almost there. But you should now have what's looking like a Christmas cracker!

Trim Ends of Cracker

tying the ends of christmas crackers
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This last step is really easy, just trim down the paper on each side so that the ends are in proportion with the rest of the cracker. You can do this using regular scissors, or you can use scissors with a scalloped edge, or pinking shears.

Gently arrange the paper so that it looks good all fanned out at the ends. How easy was that? And yes, while these don't make the same cracking sounds like the original, we've achieved the same level of fun without having to source that extra supply.

Place a colorful cracker in each stocking or at every place setting—they're quite the conversation starter. Especially if you choose to write funny little notes in each of them.