Does your family love the tradition of Christmas crackers during the holidays? You’ll never believe how easy it is to make your own! Find the full tutorial on how it’s done here! 
Christmas Crackers

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

Traditional Christmas Crackers with Paper Crowns and toys
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.

Holiday Christmas Crackers Tutorial
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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 for your own family which is what I did – let me show you how!

How to Make Fun and Festive Christmas Crackers

First, subscribe to my newsletter and download these free holiday jokes for inside your Christmas Crackers! Then, gather the rest of your supplies.

Click me - Christmas Joke Printable-KnockitoffKim

You will Need:

What to do: 


Create the wrapper

1. Cut your wrapping paper 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.

Fill it with fun!

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! Add bling whereever you’d like!

Add to your holiday table!

Christmas Crackers with Paper Crowns and toys

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 – And, have a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

christmas cracker COLLAGE

Don’t feel like DIYing? Here’s how you can buy! 


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.

*Update: This giveaway is closed.


Knock It Off Kim – DIY Holiday Crackers

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  1. Inspiration Vault on November 22, 2016 at 12:54 am

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

  2. Erlene - My Pinterventures on November 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

    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.

  3. Katie Contests on November 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

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

  4. Karrie Millheim on November 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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

  5. Wilson King on November 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Love this idea.

  6. Carly on November 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    These are so cute!

  7. Sarah Eliza on November 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

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

  8. Jessica Miller on November 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I really love these! Never saw this before.

  9. Eda Gur on November 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    What a nice tradition!

  10. Angela Eagle on November 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm

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

  11. susan1215 on November 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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

  12. Rose-Marie on November 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    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!

  13. Jammie Morey on November 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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

  14. kellyr78 on November 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    This would be a fun activity for my kids.

  15. Yamilette Platero on November 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm

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

  16. Pam on November 22, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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

  17. Heather D on November 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm

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

  18. Nadya LeMoon on November 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Love it!

  19. KenteLove on November 23, 2016 at 12:40 am

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

  20. magic5905 on November 23, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Pretty. Looks good. My nieces would love this.

  21. Bethany Bluitt(: on November 23, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Great idea!!

  22. Hailey on November 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    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!

  23. Tarah Manning on November 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

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

  24. wrong_realm on November 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    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!

  25. BethElderton on November 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm

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

  26. Amy Orvin on November 23, 2016 at 5:37 pm

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

  27. tiffany dayton on November 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    This is a great idea.

  28. Valerie Lewis on November 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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

  29. tannawings on November 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    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 :/

  30. steve weber on November 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    What a nice little touch to your table setting!

  31. Natalie on November 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    These would be great to give at office holiday parties!

  32. Licia on November 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    thanks for the opportunity

  33. Wanda Bee on November 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm

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

  34. clojo9372 on November 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm

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

  35. Fizzgig on November 23, 2016 at 11:48 pm

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

  36. Psychomak on November 24, 2016 at 2:15 am

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

  37. Kristin C on November 24, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Such fun. My kids love doing crackers at Christmas.

  38. Krista Miller on November 24, 2016 at 3:28 am

    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!

  39. Britney Taylor on November 24, 2016 at 4:41 am

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

  40. slehan on November 24, 2016 at 5:24 am

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

  41. Linda H on November 24, 2016 at 5:38 am

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

  42. Birdie Bee on November 24, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I love this packaging. What a great idea!

  43. Donna on November 19, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Ive made crackers before but could never get the hang of the end pieces – you’ve just shown me how in the simplest way ever! So thank you, and I’m off to make lots of crackers!!

    • Kim on November 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Yay, Donna! I’m so glad I was able to help! Best of luck with your crackers!

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