If you're tired of shop bought crackers and want to give making them a go, then you'll love this simple tutorial from Rust-Oleum, showing you how to make eco Christmas crackers using Painter's touch and household items.

Not only is it a great Christmas craft, its a way to add your own personal touch to the festivities.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch (several colours of your choice)
  • Tissue paper (for the crown)
  • Brown/Scrap paper (for the jokes)
  • Cracker snaps
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Paint Brushes
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Glue Stick
  • Cracker gift

 

STEP 1:

Start by painting sheets of A4 paper in any pattern you like, you need one sheet of A4 per cracker. Our example was created by mixing bright orange and baby pink paint with equal measures of white. Antique White and Duck Egg were also used for small dots and swirls. Once complete allow the paint to fully dry.

Painter's Touch is available in a selection of stunning colours and is certified toy safe, making it ideal for handmade craft projects and gift ideas.

 

STEP 2:

Save and print the cracker template here and cut out the rhombus shapes on the painted paper and trace the fold marks. Fold the paper along the fold using a ruler.

 

STEP 3: 

Cut your tissue paper into strips of 9cm wide and 60cm long and cut out triangles to create a crown shape. Glue the ends together (you can make smaller crowns for the children at your party).

 

STEP 4:

Glue your cracker snap to the inside of your cracker, you want it to make a soft curve, cut off any excess. 

Place your toilet roll in the middle of your paper (trim the roll if needed) and roll up. Glue the paper together at the overlap.

Fill each cracker with a crown, gift and joke. Seal shut by tying twine around the cracker ends and tie in a bow.

 

Don't forget to let us see your designs - you can share them with us by emailing us at info@paintpeople.co.uk - you never know, we may just feature yours!