Handmade Holiday 2016 ~ Day #7

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 7th and final day of Handmade Holiday 2016. This can be such a busy and hectic time of year but I still enjoy giving something handmade and adding handmade touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week, I’ve shared a quick Handmade Holiday idea for gift packaging, tags, gift card holders, place setting favors, recipes and more that will be sure to add that special handmade touch.

Day #7 ~ Christmas Crackers


These would be so pretty to place one at each place setting as a festive table favor on your holiday table. They could even be added to stockings! Tuck in a variation of little things ~ a small gift, wrapped chocolates, a Christmas lip balm or even a rolled up lottery ticket or scratch card.


You will need for each cracker:  piece of patterned paper 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, envelope punch board, scoring board, bone folder, adhesive, ribbons, embellishments.
Start with a piece of 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ patterned paper.
Score it lengthwise at 1″, 2″, 3″ and  4″.



Then turn the paper and score at 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 4 1/2″, 5″ and 5 1/2″.




Using the bone folder, create a mountain/valley fold on each end, using the score marks so it looks like this.





Fold/crease the one inch lengths then fold on the first 1″ line {to the wrong side}.





Place on the punch board with the left edge at the 1 1/2″ mark. Punch to cut out a notch. Slide the paper across to the 5″ mark and punch again. Repeat for the remaining three score lines. It should now look like this.

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Add strong adhesive along the 1/2″ fold edge.





Fold down the edge with the adhesive and bring over the opposite onto the adhesive.

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Open up the cracker and push the ends inward to create the shape. Please note: Be sure the glued seam is on the bottom. Tie one of the ends with ribbon, open the other end, slide in the surprise and then tie with ribbon.


Please note: You can tie the ribbon into bows but depending on the ribbon width, it may look a bit bulky. I just tied my ribbon into square knots.
To finish off the Christmas cracker,  I created a layered tag and added a snowflake embellishment with twine. I then used a glue dot to adhere it to the top.

*Here is another blog post with more uses for the Envelope Punch Board ~ https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/tuesdays-tip-6/







Thank you so much for joining me for this years “Handmade Holiday”. I hope that you have been inspired to try some of these ideas for this upcoming holiday season with family and friends. As always, please feel welcome to share your creations 🙂   Merry Christmas!



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Until next time,


The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net


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