Oh how we love Christmas Crafts for Kids! There are so many wonderful “themes” to explore and be inspired by. From Reindeer DIYs to Christmas Tree Crafts. I love them all. Today we are celebrating the Nutcracker ballet story! Surely, nothing is more Christmassy than that? So if you love the Nutcracker, you may just ADORE these DIY Nutcracker Ideas.
Nutcracker Craft Fun for Christmas
The Nutcracker Craft Themes
There are 4 main themes to explore when looking at Nutcracker Ballet Craft ideas:
- The Nutcracker himself (many soldier crafts would be very suitable too)
- The Sugar Plum Fairy
- The Mouse King
- And the Christmas Tree
I have focussed on Nutcracker/ Soldier Crafts in this round up, BUT have also added some mouse and fairies too!! We have a WHOLE section for Christmas Tree Crafts that you may like to explore separately!
To make a DIY Nutcracker, you need to be sure to include the following key features:
- A big soldiers hat with gems or hat bands
- A fat mustache (a beard is optional)
- Some teeth
- Soldier’s outfit complete with boots!
Follow the step by step instructions to paint a Pringles Can and turn it into a Nutcracker Gift Box!
We do love to upcycle.. if the Pringles Can Nutcracker above is a bit to much painting for you.. why not make this simpler Toilet Paper Roll Nutcracker and friends set? The perfect Story Telling Prop for Nutcracker Ballet fans! Find the TP Roll Mouse King here.
Beautiful Christmas Coloring Pages that you can turn into Window Suncatchers. Aren’t these lovely? Three designs to choose from!
The same free printable nutcracker, also comes in a smaller size.. perfect as a Christmas bookmark, greeting card or garland. How lovely!
Makes and Takes has a set of adorable and simple Felt Ornaments! No sew too. Bonus!
Here is a clever craft by Buggy and Buddy that shows you how to turn a paper plate into a moving Paper Plate Nutcracker craft!! FUN!
A fantastic Toilet Paper Roll Nutcracker by Art By Angeli! Isn’t he fabulous?
Painted Rock Nutcracker Puzzle. Love the quirky little mustache! Adorable. Would be so fun to make a whole set of Nutcracker ballet characters and have some fun mix and matching them? Hop over to Rainy Day Mum for info!
And how cute is this trio of Nutcracker ballet characters? Make a Mouse King, the ballerina and a Nutcracker with craft sticks!! Full info from Steam Sensational! Popsicle Sticks are so fun to craft with at Christmas!
Here is another Craft Stick Toy Soldier version! I so want to make some! Visit Fireflies and Mudpies for the tutorial.
Fireflies and Mudpies also has this AMAZING version of a craft stick nutcracker. Simply fabulous.
Or upskill yourself even further and have a go at these magnificent dolly peg nutcrackers. Guess what the hats are made with? Kate’s Creative Space has the full tutorial!
This may be a British Tradition, but Crackers at Christmas are a must! And the clever peeps at HobbyCraft show us how to make these DIY Nutcracker crackers with just paper! Clever.
Oh my! How simple and yet effective is this “Box Nutcracker”? Fill with gifts or use it as decor. Head over to Addicted 2 Recipes for this simple to follow tutorial!
Check out this collection of Nutcracker Movie/ Ballet coloring pages over on Mom Junction!
Or.. learn to draw the Nutcracker yourself with Art Projects for kids! Fantastic!
Grab your hot glue gun and take a peak at Suzy’s Sitcom’s amazing Nutcracker Spoon craft! Don’t they look fantastic?
Oh my! And here is a super fun and rather great looking Nutcracker DIY Idea: Make this (surprisingly easy looking) Drum Tree Skirt! How very perfect! Pneumatic Addict shows us how!
Some Sugar Plum Fairy Ideas
We have some lovely little ballerina crafts.. add some fairy wings and hey presto you have your Sugar Plum Fairy!
We love making Corner Bookmarks on Red Ted Art, as you well know!! And I think that this Ballerina Corner Bookmark would be perfect as the a Sugar Plum Fairy Craft!
The Ballerina Peg Doll is part of a Tinker Bell Peg Doll tutorial. I haven’t actually added all the details yet, but I feel that now I should!
Some DIY Mouse King Ideas
As mentioned above, we have an adorable and super easy TP Roll Mouse King for you too! They are super quick to make and could be used as favour boxes!
Party Pinching has made some adorable and easy Marshmallow Mouse Kings!
Oh and Wonderland Recipes made me giggle with this Mouse King Cheese!
Now do take a peak at our Christmas Tree Crafts too!