Christmas blog party 2013: Christmas Crackers project by Jenny Hodges

One of our favourite designers, Jenny Hodges, (who regularly makes cards for Papercraft inspirations) has come up trumps with this gorgeous Christmas Crackers project.

Jenny shares her inspiration and ideas for  the project:

jenny2Hello, I am delighted to join you today, to share a little Christmas Project I have made for my family;  Our Christmas Crackers for our Christmas day table. These Crackers are very simple and easy to make. Using cute Christmas images from Lili of the Valley as the focal point, which I think my little girl will appreciate. It’s very easy to personalise the contents to suit your table guests, and add a few jokes to bring a smile everyone’s face on the day.

You will need:

Sirstampalot –

  • Magnolia – Lazy Summer Day’s Vanilla Dots Paper
  • Copic Markers

The Ribbon Girl –

  • Silver Metallic Twine

Dies to Die for –

  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles and Scallop Circles Dies

Lili of the Valley –

  • Furry Festive Friends

Ebay (Widdle-Gifts) –

  • Snowflakes

Ebay (Craft Unlimited) –

  • Cracker Snaps

Toilet roll tubes

Items to fill your crackers


I have stamped and coloured up Furry Festive friends images with Copic markers. These are just the right size for the focal point of the Crackers. The Copic colours I have used are –

Bear Fur – E30,E31,E33,E35,E37,R11,R20

Bunny Fur – C1,C00, R11,R20

Holly/Flowers – YG00,YG61,YG61,YG63,YG67,W3, R17,R24,R37, Y17,Y00

Background – B60,B000,BG0000,C00

When your cracker toppers are ready, here are the simple instructions to make your crackers:

1 – Cut your 12×12 Designer paper in half so you have 15cm x 30cm of paper.

2 – Score and fold lines at 8.5cm,9cm,9.5cm then 20.5cm,21cm,21.5cm. You may need to double check these measurements fit your toilet roll, as not all are the same size.

3 – Once folded, this will give you a small raised crease, cut a series of small triangle shaped cuts along this fold.

4- Stick the cracker snap inside your toilet roll tube. Then glue the paper around the roll, and fix the ends either side of the cut seam.

5- Tie the twine around one cut seam, and finish with a bow, and then fill your cracker with gifts, joke and hat.

6 – On the other cut seam tie with a bow, and glue the topper to the snowflake and attach to the cracker.


I do hope you have fun with these, there are lots of other ways you can embellishments your crackers, flowers, berries or ribbons would all look lovely a top your crackers too.

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