Woohoo. This set is SO CUTE and the kids will LOVE to make him. We used some paint to make the Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy themselves… but I will share alternatives if you don’t want to get the paints out!
We love ALL Fairy Tales.. and this makes the perfect addition to our collection of Fairy Tale Crafts. Do take a peak at these too!
Toilet Paper Roll Nutcracker Craft – Materials
- either two toilet paper rolls (you can connect them with paper or ribbon) or one kitchen towel tube cut down 3/4 of the way
- paints in black, pink and blue OR paper in the same colours
- off cuts of gold paper and ribbons
- a sticker gem (if you have one, else paper is fine)
- paint brushes
- Pens for facial features (we used posca pens, but most pens will do)
How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Nutcracker Story Telling Prop
I started off by sketching out a rough Nutcracker design. I LOVE the Nutcracker Gift Box Set shared in this DIY Nutcracher Crafts. You can watch the progress in this video:
Add your basic block colours to your nutcracker’s body
Start off by sketching out thirds for the Nutcracker with a pencil.
Paint in Black, Pink and Blue paint. You can replace these paints with strips of paper. Do the pink paper around the middle first, then add black and blue.
Decorating your Nutcracker’s uniform
Once dry, have a good hunt around for embellishments. I found some gold paper, red ribbon and a gem.
Glue some gold around the hat.
The Red ribbon around the top of the body.
Then glue the gem to the gold paper – cut out a tear shape and glue to the hat.
With a yellow pen add some gold buttons.
Drawing Nutcracker Faces!
Finally, using your Posca Pens add facial features – we added a big nose and eyes, thick eyebrows, a moustache and rosy cheeks.
I played around with some cotton wool, but couldn’t decide whether to add it or not! I like them both!! What do you think?
Anyway.. this handsome TP Roll Solider now joins the rest of the Toilet Paper Roll Nutcracker crew:
- The TP Roll Mouse King
- The TP Roll Sugar Plum Fairy/ Ballerina
- and of course TP Roll Nutcracker himself.
Watch the video again on Youtube:
Check out more of our DIY Nutcracker Crafts:
Or check out the rest of our Fairy Tale Ideas for Preschool: