Today we’re sharing some easy DIY crackers that are perfect for a fairy party.
Of course, if you’re having a different themed party you could customise and change your DIY crackers to reflect your party’s theme.
We love to make DIY crackers here at The Craft Train. We make them every year at Christmas time and have decorated them lots of different ways.
These pretty pink crackers adorned with fake flowers were originally made for my daughter’s fourth birthday which was an enchanted forest fairy theme.
How to make fairy DIY crackers
You will need:
- Toilet Rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half
- Tissue Paper in 2 different colours
- Cracker Snaps
- Fake flowers
- Favours to put in the toilet roll. I used a fairy ballon, stickers and a party blower
Put the favours into a bundle with the cracker snap that you can roll up and slide inside the toilet roll
Slide it in like this, and try to get the cracker snap in the middle of the bundle with an even amount sticking out on either end.
Roll it up in the colour you wish to use for the underlay, I used white. Twist it carefully at each end being careful not to rip a hole in it.
Roll it up in the second sheet of tissue paper. This needs to be the same width but shorter in length than the first piece so that the underlay can be seen. Staple the twisted ends so that the cracker snap is secure for little hands and will make a nice bang when it is pulled open.
Tie a piece of ribbon at either end, covering up the ugly staple.
Wrap and twist a fake flower around the centre. Of course, you don’t have to use the flowers in the centre but it suits our fairy theme well.
Make enough for all your guests, and you’re done!
These crackers went down a treat at Miss K’s birthday and helped to make the day special.
A few DIY Cracker-making tips
- Make sure you have plenty of ribbon, because one roll is not usually enough and it gets used up quick with two bows on each cracker. For a more rustic or natural look tie a simple knot in some twine or raffia instead of ribbon.
- Cracker snaps can be hard to find in craft stores when it’s nowhere near Christmas. It’s a good idea to get an extra packet or two at Christmas time and keep them for birthday parties in the middle of the year, they are usually only a few dollars a pack. For these ones I used leftover snaps from last Christmas.
- Collect paper rolls for a few weeks leading up to making the craft, so you will be sure to have enough.
- They’re called crackers because they open with a bang and traditionally have a funny (or not so funny) joke inside. You don’t HAVE to put a joke inside though. For a birthday party you could add confetti (if you don’t mind the mess that is), a sweet, a small bottle of bubbles etc.
My favourite fairy party picks from ETSY
I love supporting ETSY stores because I know everything from there is handmade. If you’re planning a fairy party here are some of my top picks:
- I adore these floral fairy party printables to help decorate your house or garden
- These handmade flower lights are so pretty and would be a perfect addition to the party decor
- Both these handmade bracelets and these Pre-filled organza bags would make wonderful party favours
- For dressing up I love this handmade costume and these gorgeous star ribbon wands