Making Our Own Christmas Crackers with Netflix

This week the pressure has really been on to get organised for Christmas – I did lots of preparation earlier on in the month and then relaxed a bit. Suddenly there is so much to do! But today I’ve been getting crafty and making my own Christmas crackers, thanks to a lovely present from the team at Netflix. I’m part of their Stream Team this year and they have been so kind to send us a little box of goodies.

Inside the box of goodies was a selection of things to put in the crackers: candy canes, badges, gold chocolate coins, little stars, jokes as well as the outer cardboard, silver string and stickers to go on top. I was excited to get cracking – the instructions looked straightforward but would it be as easy as I thought!? It did make me a little nervous though as I am so useless at crafts and frankly terrified of when Emma reaches the age where she wants to do more of it at home.

Once I laid everything out, the first job was to attach the little strip to make the crackers bang with sellotape and then roll them up using a rolling pin to help. The cardboard came with handy tabs to keep everything in place and then I just tied one end using the silver string. Next I filled the cracker with goodies and tied the other end up – super simple! As there will only be three of us at home for Christmas dinner this year, I decided to make five and thought maybe we could do a morning Christmas cracker with James, as I know Emma would love that.

I had so much fun making Christmas crackers for the big day and thought it’s a great idea as something to do for future Chrismasses. I’d love to customise them with little bits for each person – it’s something I have never thought to do before! I also made a little video on my YouTube channel of how I put them together, along with a complete fail at rolling up the cardboard on my first attempt. I honestly was not over-exaggerating when I mentioned how bad I am at crafts 😉

Merry Christmas everyone! xxx

I am a part of the Netflix Stream Team this year and they sent us this box of goodies to enjoy with the family. All views, opinions and words are my own.

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19 Comments

  1. January 2, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Fun post! Homemade crackers always seem nicer. Happy new year to you. #dreamteam

  2. January 2, 2018 / 11:50 am

    This is such a great surprise! Must have gone down a storm on Christmas day! #DreamTeam

  3. January 2, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    That’s such a great idea from Netflix. I’ve never made crackers, but it looks fun. Hopefully they went down well on Christmas. x #dreamteam

  4. January 2, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I remember the first time I hosted Christmas lunch for my in-laws and woke up at 4am in the morning realising I’d forgotten to buy crackers! I ended up fashioning some out of empty loo rolls and wrapping paper with chocolate and mini toiletry gifts haha. It kind of worked but looked nowhere near as good as these! Love the idea of personalizing the gifts. Hope you had a lovely Christmas time xx #DreamTeam

  5. January 2, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I’ve always wanted to have a go at making my own crackers! Have always been put off by having to cut the templates out of card but I’ve only just thought that you can probably buy kits online, ha!! Think I’ll give it a go next year! #DreamTeam

  6. January 2, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    What a fab idea. Much better than the shop brought ones we had this year. They were covered in glitter which went everywhere! Glitter turkey anyone? #dreamteam

  7. January 2, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Homemade crackers! I didn’t even think this was possible! You have exceeded th elimits of craft! WOW! I am so impressed! What fun! This year, I got a nail clipper in mine! hah! Orange hat too! I hope yours had better jokes! xoxo #dreamteam Here’s to a great 2018! xoxo

  8. January 2, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    Homemade crackers – sure must’ve added a special touch to Christmas day!!!
    #DreamTeam

  9. January 3, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    You can’t beat homemade crackers we spent a few Christmas holidays abroad and had to make our own because you couldn’t buy them anywhere #DreamTeam

  10. January 4, 2018 / 11:55 am

    We love homemade crackers !!! I always think it’s one of those craft projects that look really impressive yet even those ‘craft -ily challenged’ amongst us can do #DreamTeam

  11. January 4, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Such a cute idea, they look so much fun for Christmas. All the best for the New Year X #dreamteam

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    January 5, 2018 / 11:09 am

    I love the idea of making these and it it something I’d love to do next Christmas to make the contents personal for the kids #dreamteam

  13. January 5, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Ahh that’s a fab idea to make your own crackers! I’ve never done our own but the contents of our crackers this year were so crappy (despite costing a fortune!) that I decided I;d try my own next year! #dreamteam

  14. January 5, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Ooohhh how fab and what a lovely little treat from Netflix. We did a Christmas cracker lucky dip – with little gifts for every cracker pulled that everyone pulled out of a bag. I keep meaning to make our own crackers though. Maybe next year 🙂 Thanks for being a super host on the #dreamteam xx

  15. January 8, 2018 / 11:44 am

    haha, my little boys is obsessed with crackers, they are the highlight of his day! I’m going to try this next year! #DreamTeam

  16. January 8, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    I vow to make my own Christmas crackers every year & haven’t done it once…maybe next year! #DreamTeam

  17. January 8, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    I haven’t had Christmas crackers in years, its not part of Mexican traditions so they don’t have them here. It would be a good idea to make some and introduce them here, must remember to try that next year! #dreamteam

  18. January 11, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Happy New Year Bridge. So the funny thing is I’ve made myself put down the Neftflix just now as I so need to get back on the blog bandwagon catching up with my reading and then I come across this lol. So I have to ask what is the Netflix stream team?!

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