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How to Make Fun and Festive Christmas Crackers

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on November 21, 2016
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!

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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

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

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You will Need:

What to do: 

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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!

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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.

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Knock It Off Kim – DIY Holiday Crackers

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Patriotic Table and Mini-Party

Posted in TABLE SETTINGS
on June 27, 2016

Happy Monday, friends! Although it’s officially a week away, I got the bug this weekend to throw together a patriotic table and mini-party for the July 4 holiday!  Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays and a great reminder of how lucky I am to live in this country. There is nothing I love more than laying out on a picnic blanket, surrounded by my family and a throng of friends, gazing up at the fireworks, all of us united by our feelings of patriotism. The lights, the sounds, the songs.. gets me every time!
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Holiday Homes Blog Hop – A Festive Master Bedroom from Knock-it-Off Crafts

Posted in BEDROOMS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 16, 2015

I’m so excited to be participating in the ‘Holiday Homes Blog Hop‘, hosted by the fabulous Tiffany from thehousedownthelane.com

Joining me is an incredible group of talented bloggers, each of whom will share their favorite room filled with ideas for decorating for the holidays!

But for now, come along with me on a little crazy long tour of my favorite Christmas room!

Headboard Makeover| Dandelion Floating Frames|

Typically, it’s enough for me to get the main floor of the house decked out at this time of year, but I guess with everything going on with our family, I was feeling the need to bring it to a new level and include our bedroom. Maybe it’s all that extra time I have.. ha! 

I like to keep things simple, tying in everyday furnishings with Christmas decor. One of my favorite ideas is to add splashes of red and glitter. Not only is red an obvious choice at Christmas, but it’s also my favorite color!

We are lucky enough to have not one, but two giant holly trees in our front yard. Me + my handy-dandy trimmers = greenery around the house at this time of year. 

The red pillows have made an appearance before, but adding a simple holiday pillow changes the look. Instantly festive, no? I’ve yet to meet a pillow I haven’t loved! 

The tray and salt and pepper shakers are one of my favorite Christmas gifts from my Secret Santa! A perfect gift for me! 
Salt and Pepper Shaker – Target| Tray – Target
It’s so easy to dress things up with a cloche, a pinecone, and a few ornaments. 
 
Frosted Cranberry Candle – Bath and Body Works
A miniature blue Alberta Spruce adds color and smells fantastic. 
Washing up can even be festive with a bit of holly and Christmas cheer! 

A simple ribbon tree adorned with some of our favorite Christmas photos of years past highlights a great place to curl up with a good book. 
My helper was a teeny bit hungry while this shoot was going on. It was a wrap shortly after this as orange slices starting disappearing. Funny.. No one knew where they went.. 

That’s it for me! I hope you’ve enjoyed my little Christmas room tour and found a few ideas you can use in your home. We’ll be dreaming of sugarplums while nestling in our bed and hoping that the big guy is good to us – We’ve tried hard to be good this year! We wish you the Happiest Christmas or the most wonderful holiday if you celebrate in some other way.

Next on the hop is Cathy at Vintage, Paint, and More! Get ready to be wowed! We have ideas for every room in your home. Just click on any of the links below to continue with the ‪ ‪#‎holidayhomes tour! 

1. Casa Watkins ~ Winter Home Tour, Part 3
4. Karen’s Up On the Hill ~ Holiday Hallway and Holiday Homes Blog Hop
7. Creatively Homespun ~ A Vintage Christmas Dining Room
8. 2 Bees in a Pod ~ Guest Room Christmas Home Tour
10. Knock It Off Crafts ~ Holiday Homes Blog Hop: Festive Master
11. Vintage Paint and More ~ Christmas Home Tour 2015, Part 1
12. Inside the Fox Den ~ Candy Coated Living Room
13. Penny Love Projects ~ Holiday Home Tour
14. Made In a Day ~ Mini Holiday Decor Tour
15. Refashionably Late ~ Holiday Home Hop
17. Intelligent Domestications ~ Christmas Traditions Home Tour 2015
20. C’mon, Get Crafty ~ 2015 Holiday Homes Blog Hop
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