DIY Christmas Crackers

Free Printable Template to make at home.

Entertain your flock this Christmas with homemade Herdy crackers! Personalise with fun gifts and groan-worthy sheep puns for all your guests to enjoy. If you're looking for something ewe-nique and want to be a bit more sustainable this year you’ll love this step by step tutorial.

What Ewe will need:

  • Printable template - Download here
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal Ruler
  • Pair of Scissors, or preferably a Craft Knife
  • Glue Stick
  • Ribbon
  • A4 colour printer
  • Embossing tool, or an empty ballpoint pen.
  • Any small gifts you would like to include.


Making your own Christmas cracker is easy with this step by step tutorial. Start by downloading the template here.

Download and print out the template. Print onto good quality paper, the better the quality, the better the crackers!

Cut out your cracker shape, including the white diamond shapes. You can achieve a cleaner line by using a craft knife, however a pair of scissors will do just fine.




Use an embossing tool and a metal ruler to score along the white lines. If you don’t have an embossing tool, an empty ball point pen will work fine. This process will help you to neatly fold the paper into shape. Alternately you can just carefully fold with your fingers.



Once you’ve folded along the white lines, fold the diamond shapes in on themselves to make the valley folds. Your paper should now resemble a cracker shape.




5 Overlap the edges and glue the sides together.



6 Tie one end of your cracker with a decorative ribbon.

You can now fill your cracker with your choice of small gift. Don’t forget to add the customary Christmas cracker joke – see below for Herdy’s favourite sheep puns! 

Finally, tie a matching ribbon on the other end of your cracker and they’re ready to hang on your tree or bring some festive fun to your Christmas table.




Herdy's Favourite Sheep Puns

Print out and add to your crackers

  • Where do sheep get their overgrown wool cut?   At the baa baa shop
  • What exercise do sheep do every day to stay fit?   Zoombaa
  • What do sheep use to keep track of their wool?   Baa-codes
  • What is a sheep with no legs and no head called?   A cloud
  • Why could the flock of sheep not solve the computer puzzle?   Because there wasn't enough ram
  • What do you get if you cross a kangaroo with a sheep? A woolly jumper
  • What is the name of the action film with a sheep as the hero? Lambo
  • What’s a sheep’s favourite karate move? The lamb-chop
  • What car do all sheep aim to buy? A Lamborghini
  • What do you call a sheep sledging down a hill? A lamb-slide
  • Why are sheep bad drivers? Because they keep making ewe turns
  • What do you call a sheep covered in chocolate? A chocolate baa


Don’t forget to share your creations with us on Social Media - tag @HerdyUK so we can see all your amazing Christmas Crackers.