Make your own Christmas crackers
Homemade crackers look stylish, are simple to make and can be filled with personalised miniature presents or edible treats and, of course, the odd joke
You will need
● Cracker snaps
● Loo roll tube
● Double-sided sticky tape
● Ribbon or string
● Small presents/paper hats
Cut your choice of paper to the size of an A4 sheet.
Place a loo-roll tube on the long edge of the paper in the centre and hold in place with some tape.
Put a cracker snap through the middle and secure at one end. Roll the tube up in the paper and fix with double-sided sticky tape for a neat finish.
Scrunch one end together gently and tie with ribbon or string. Place small presents and a paper hat in the open end of the cracker before tying up the neck.
Photos: Rachel Whiting. Styling: Laura Vine
Green blossom paper, £6.90 per sheet and Italian red patterned paper, £3 per sheet: both Shepherds. All other paper, from £1.50/ per sheet, Paperchase. Cracker snaps, £1.99 (pack of ten), Jesters. Wooden horse filler, from a selection, Jesters. Tissue-paper hats, 99p (pack of 12), Amazon.