At this stage in the game, we’re in the full swing of decking the halls. One of our fave ways to get our fa-la-las on is by DIYing our holiday decor, gift wrap and thoughtful gifts full of festive fun. Enter the ultra-traditional holiday cracker. We’re sharing our favorite DIY options for your own fete favors, all of which you can easily make at home. Get ready to crack open some cheer from now ’til New Year’s.

All Paper Crackers

1. Pretty Paper Crackers: Looking for super-traditional party favors? Get some red and green paper and craft these crackers that’ll have you dreaming of all the Christmases you used to know. (via Tuts+)

Geo Crackers

2. Printable Crackers: We’re loving this brightly colored, geo-tastic and printable take on the holiday cracker. Pop some card stock into your printer and get your X-Acto knife ready. (via Minie Co)

Birthday Candle Crackers

3. Crackers for Holiday Birthdays: We can totally relate to the struggle-extravaganza that is a birthday in late December. Give those winter babies a free-standing celebration with these crackers that let you have your cake and eat it too. (via Oh Happy Day)

giant cracker

4. Oversize Paper Christmas Crackers: OMG. Take “Oh, what fun” to very literal places with these ginormous, whimsical crackers. This is also a great way to wrap awkwardly shaped gifts. Holla. (via Martha Stewart)

Surprise Balls

5. Surprise Balls: Not into conforming? We get it. Break away from the mold with these surprise balls that also make a great Secret Santa gift. (via Honestly WTF)

Wrapping Paper Cracker

6. Wrapping Paper Crackers: Reaching the end of your roll? Use those scraps of wrapping paper to make pretty crackers like this one. (via Handmade Mood)

Dangling NYE Crackers

7. Confetti Poppers: Ring in the New Year in the best way possible by making it rain confetti. We’re swooning over the midnight photo opps when everyone pulls the string. (via Ruffled)

Glitter Crackers

8. Gold Crepe Paper Crackers: Go for the gold and make crackers that double as place settings. With the gold and glitter combo going on here, this would fit right in at a swanky NYE party. (via Kate’s Creative Space)


9. Gelt Crackers: Skip the dreidel game and save your chocolate coins for some fun Hanukkah crackers. (via Today’s Parent)

Pinata Cracker

10. Cracker Piñata: The happiness that a piñata like this would bring is worth the crafting effort. This is such a fun way to spend the countdown to present time. (via Martha Stewart)


11. Cozy, Wintery Crackers: These adorable favors make us wanna don flannels and cozy up to the fire. They’d be a perfect addition to a holiday pajama party. (via Fourth and Hazel)

Gold Cracker

12. Tissue Paper Crackers: How sweet are these? Bring a golden, glittery glow to holiday fun with patterned tissue paper. It radiates fun and joy, aka the reason for the season. (via Squirrelly Minds)

What favors will you be partying with? Will crackers be a part of your holiday cheer this year? Tell us in the comments below!