How to Make Our Crackers

We supply our crackers as either kits that are ready for you to add your own ribbon or as packs with boards and snappy strips for you to embellish as you wish. Whichever way you have purchased your crackers, please follow the instructions below to assemble them.

It’s important to note that crackers are designed to rip at the necks when they are pulled. Therefore, please be careful when assembling our crackers, as they may tear around the “diamonds” if handled too roughly.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Firstly, gently push out all of the “diamonds” from the necks of the cracker boards.

Please be careful when assembling our crackers, as they may tear around the “diamonds” if handled too roughly.

Step 2

Crackers have four sets of crease or perforation lines across each one.

Lay the cracker, design side down, then gently crease the lines to help with assembly later.

Step 3

With the cracker, still design side down, place your snap along the length of the flat cracker so that each end of the snap sits evenly on the handles.

Step 4

Stick the snap securely at both ends with a glue gun or good quality strong sticky tape.

If using tape, make sure you put the tape along the snap and not across. This will ensure the snap bangs when pulling the cracker.

Step 5

Gently roll the cracker to join the middle tab into the slot. At this stage take care to avoid tearing the crackers where the “diamonds” have been removed, as this is the weakest part of the cracker.

Step 6

Now, before securing the end tabs, tightly roll up the hat, if you have one, and place inside the barrel, making sure it is completely within the barrel area.

Step 7

When you let this go, it will then expand to fill the barrel, which will leave you room in the centre for your gift and joke later.

Now secure both end tabs too.

Step 8

Tie a piece of ribbon in a knot around one neck of the cracker, pulling slowly and gently until you feel the cracker is completely secured. Keep tight but do not overtighten it and then tie a bow.

You will need approximately 50cm per cracker neck for a standard sized cracker or 60cm per cracker neck for a large cracker.

Step 9

Now, fill your cracker with a joke and your chosen gift. Then tie the other cracker neck with another piece of ribbon.

If necessary, trim the ribbons to complete your cracker.

You may also find this short step-by-step video helpful when making your crackers.