Begin with a DSP panel measuring 5-1/2″ x 6″. Place one of the sides measuring 5-1/2″ against the top of your scoring tool. Score the panel at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 3-3/4″ and 5″
Starting at the score line that is 1/2″ from the edge, fold your score lines and place the fold into the Envelope Punch Board and punch at 1-1/2″. Fold the second score line and punch again at 1-1/2″. Continue folding and punching until you have punched all the way to the bottom of the panel. **Be sure that you unfold the previous fold before punching, otherwise your punch may catch the previous fold and punch it a second time in the wrong place. Turn your panel over and fold and punch again on the opposite side in the same manner.
Place your panel back in/on your scoring tool and score at 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″. Turn the panel 180 degrees and score again at the same intervals.
Turn the panel over so that the inside is facing up and fold in at the 1″ score line.
Turn your panel over and fold the 1-1/2″ score line the opposite direction. After the second fold, your panel should look like this:
Turn your panel back over and fold the opposite direction at the 2″ line, forming a “v” with your folds. The result should look like the photo below. Repeat this process for the other side of the cracker.
Apply Sticky Strip to the panel below the 1/2″ score line on the three spaces.
Remove the backing from the Sticky Strip in the center area only and adhere the cracker together to form a square.
After securing the center, remove the backing from the Sticky Strip on one side and adhere that part of the cracker together. Then remove the final Sticky Strip backing and adhere the last piece together.
Your Christmas Cracker should now look like the photo below. Use ribbon of your choice to tie one end of the cracker closed around the low point of the “v”.
Fill your Christmas Cracker with goodies from the open end. Tie that end closed with ribbon and decorate as you wish.
This is how I decorated my Christmas Crackers.
A complete list of supplies and more pictures of the decorated Christmas Crackers can be seen on my blog post , click here.