DIY Holiday Crackers and $150 Amazon Giveaway

Posted in HOLIDAYS, TABLETOP
on November 21, 2016

With Thanksgiving just days away, it seems like the perfect time for my first Christmas project – a DIY Holiday Cracker – particularly as it’s something that can be used for either a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table or your upcoming Christmas celebration! 


To make it even more fun, I’m joining some blogger friends to bring you 15 bling-y holiday projects, plus the chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card! Details are near the end of this post so be sure to scroll all the way through.  

For me, I love a little bling on my holiday table and one way to get that is with Christmas Crackers. DIY Christmas Crackers are a tradition dating back to the 1800s in England. They are also a tradition dating back as far as I can remember, growing up in Canada, that my family took part in for both Christmas and Thanksgiving!  These fun and colorful packets are shared with a partner, and “crack” or “pop” when opened by each partner grasping on each end and pulling like a wishbone. Once opened, you’ll find a tissue paper crown – yes, everyone has to wear it -, a joke or bit of trivia, and a tiny gift item of some sort.

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Now that I live in the US, until very recently, those in my family were the only weirdos wearing paper crowns around our Ca-merican Thanksgiving table (yes, that is a real word – that I made up). Lately, though, I’ve seen holiday crackers offered in many places such as Target and World Market. I’ve even seen kits available on Amazon to make your own. No matter how we come to have them, holiday crackers are something my kids look forward to every year, almost as much as pumpkin pie! 

Although you can take part in the fun by purchasing them or buying a kit, there is just something about personalizing them to your family. I’m here today to show you how to make your own. They couldn’t be easier. 

You will need: 




What to do: 

  1. Take your wrapping paper and cut into an 8″x10″ square.
  2. Accordion fold the square along the edge and cut small shapes out along the fold about 2″ on each side – this will make it easier to form the ends by removing some of the bulk. 
  3. Thread a snap through the cardboard tube and glue the snap to the edge of the paper outside the cuts you made in step 1. 
  4. Roll up the tube tightly and glue.
  5. Tie off one end with ribbon.
  6. Fill with trinkets, candies, jokes/or trivia and especially the crowns!
  7. Tie off another end with ribbon and reshape ends. Some people use a shaper for this – I do not as I like them to look a little loose, like a gift.
  8. Embellish!   
  9. Add to your holiday table! When you’re ready, pick a partner. Each grab an end of the cracker and pulls to tear open – the one who comes away with the longest end is the winner! Tell your cheesy jokes and wear your paper crown while eating!

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42 Comments

  • Inspiration Vault

    What a fun craft! This is one holiday craft my teens would enjoy making, too. -Marie @The Inspiration Vault

    November 22, 2016 at 12:54 am Reply
  • Erlene - My Pinterventures

    I've seen crackers before, but have never tried it. Does it pop or anything? I'll have to see if I can make or buy some.

    November 22, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply
  • Katie Contests

    I love these! We usually have them for New Years, but never homemade.

    November 22, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Karrie Millheim

    I need to make these..They would make great gifts

    November 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Wilson King

    Love this idea.

    November 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Carly

    These are so cute!

    November 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Sarah Eliza

    Ahhh so cute, I love crackers! Fun craft, and so much more affordable too…

    November 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm Reply
  • Jessica Miller

    I really love these! Never saw this before.

    November 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Eda Gur

    What a nice tradition!

    November 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Angela Eagle

    fun to do with the kids to get them in the spirit

    November 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm Reply
  • susan1215

    I have never heard of these. They look like fun for the family to make.

    November 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Rose-Marie

    What a cute idea, and I didn't know it was an old tradition from yore back in England. So much fun, and not expensive. Wow!

    November 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply
  • Jammie Morey

    OMG I love it! I am just now starting to get into holiday crafting, this looks like something fun to do with my daughter.

    November 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • kellyr78

    This would be a fun activity for my kids.

    November 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Yamilette Platero

    These came out gorgeous! My kids would totally love doing something like this for the holidays!

    November 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply
  • Pam

    I've seen these before, but I didn't know the tradition behind them. Kids would definitely like making and giving these! Great job!

    November 22, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Heather D

    Nice. I like to wrap presents really pretty. I like the way they look under the tree.

    November 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Nadya LeMoon

    Love it!

    November 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • KenteLove

    That's a cool idea I would have never thought of it.

    November 23, 2016 at 12:40 am Reply
  • magic5905

    Pretty. Looks good. My nieces would love this.

    November 23, 2016 at 1:50 am Reply
  • Bethany Bluitt(:

    Great idea!!

    November 23, 2016 at 4:15 am Reply
  • Hailey

    What a great idea! Sometimes I don't like some of the stuff they include in the Christmas crackers, so this way you can choose your own little prizes. Wicked!

    November 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Tarah Manning

    This is so fun! I'm going to have to try to make these.

    November 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • wrong_realm

    I've never heard of this before but I love it! Sounds like a great time to start a new tradition, thank you for the instructions on how to make it!

    November 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • BethElderton

    How fun! This could be a cute way to package nicer small gifts, too.
    Mary Beth Elderton

    November 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Amy Orvin

    I would love to have some placed here and there on my kitchen table for Christmas.

    November 23, 2016 at 5:37 pm Reply
  • tiffany dayton

    This is a great idea.

    November 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Valerie Lewis

    Ooh these look fun to make and I love the colors!

    November 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • tannawings

    Thats a lovely ornament. I like how it is personalized. I adore the colors in this one. It will be cherished!

    Ellen BECK sorry couldnt use my name, it is in blogger :/

    November 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • steve weber

    What a nice little touch to your table setting!

    November 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • Natalie

    These would be great to give at office holiday parties!

    November 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Licia

    thanks for the opportunity

    November 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Wanda Bee

    I've always wanted to learn how to make Christmas crackers.

    November 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm Reply
  • clojo9372

    These are so nice! I like to have crackers and cheeses when tree trimming! šŸ™‚ It's also perfect for a Christmas party! šŸ™‚

    November 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm Reply
  • Fizzgig

    These are super cute…. I kind of want to glitter bomb my relatives with them though. šŸ™‚ Whee!

    November 23, 2016 at 11:48 pm Reply
  • Psychomak

    Yes, this is a keeper. Fun at the table.
    Mary Makinen

    November 24, 2016 at 2:15 am Reply
  • Kristin C

    Such fun. My kids love doing crackers at Christmas.

    November 24, 2016 at 2:20 am Reply
  • Krista Miller

    Never knew these could be homemade! We always feel like big dorks wearing our crowns & playing with our little cracker toys but it's too fun not to!

    November 24, 2016 at 3:28 am Reply
  • Britney Taylor

    I've never heard of a cracker til' now and it looks so decorative

    November 24, 2016 at 4:41 am Reply
  • slehan

    That is a fun craft to make to brighten up the holidays.

    November 24, 2016 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Linda H

    I used to make Christmas crackers as a child. What a nice flashback seeing these photos!

    November 24, 2016 at 5:38 am Reply
  • Birdie Bee

    I love this packaging. What a great idea!

    November 24, 2016 at 6:31 am Reply
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