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I have a fun tutorial for you today on how to make your own Christmas crackers using the Silhouette Cameo!
The great thing about making your own crackers for your Christmas table decor is that you can fill them with really unique token gifts as well as funny jokes that your dinner guests will love (let’s face it; shop-bought crackers can be a bit lame).
You’ll need the following materials if you’d like to make these:
- Silhouette Cameo (available from Amazon UK or Amazon USA with Studio software and cutting mat included)
- My Christmas crackers free cutting file
- A4 card (it can be any colour)
- Christmas wrapping paper
- Glue stick
- Thin ribbon
- Cracker snaps (optional)
- Craft knife or Silhouette hook for weeding vinyl
Step 1: Use wrapping paper to create a design for your Christmas crackers
Cut out enough Christmas wrapping paper to stick to one piece of A4 card. The wrapping paper you choose will be the basis for the cracker design, so make sure it’s nice and festive! Cover all of the card with the glue so that the wrapping paper sticks down everywhere. Trim the edges with scissors when you’re done, so that there is no wrapping paper overlapping the card.
Step 2: Load the card into the Silhouette Cameo
Line up the card in the top corner of the Silhouette cutting mat. The cutting mat is sticky, so the card will stick into place. Then load the cutting mat with the card on top into the Silhouette Cameo. Open up the Silhouette Cameo Studio software onto your PC or Mac and then open this cutting file that I’ve designed. Hopefully, your screen should look something like the above screenshot at this point!
Within the design, you’ll see two cracker shapes with black lines and red lines. The black lines will be perforated and the red lines scored.
Access the “SEND” menu, click on the “Action by” line and make sure your settings are like those in the screenshot, with the boxes selected next to the red and black squares. The click the blue “SEND” button at the bottom.
Step 3: Weed off excess around the cracker shapes
When the cracker shapes have been cut, you can then weed away the excess around the edge and the little diamond shapes in between the crackers. See photos above. You can use a craft knife or Silhouette weeding tool for this.
Once you’ve weeded away the excess, remove the main cracker shapes from the cutting mat. The easiest way to do this is to turn the mat over and peel the mat away from the shapes. Take care around the small dotted lines near those diamond shapes as they are very delicate!
Step 4: Fold your crackers!
Make sure all the wrapping paper edges are stuck down before you begin folding. Then fold the dotted lines first, at both ends of the cracker, to create the concertina effect. Then fold the cracker along the score lines afterwards.
Glue the edges together on the folded tabs and stick! You may want to glue cracker snaps into place at this point too, so that the cracker “pops” open when pulled.
When the cracker is dry, you’ll be able to pull on the handles to open up the middle and slot in a little gift or joke. To finish, tie a little ribbon around the handles to pull the cracker closed and to make them look pretty!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial – let me know if you decide to make some!
Before you go, why not check out some of my other Christmas crafts below:
- Snowflakes Peyote Stitch Beading Pattern
- How to Make Beaded Angel Earrings
- How to Make a Snowman Cutlery Holder
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