How to Make Cardboard Nutcracker

How to Make Cardboard NutcrackerEver since my son gets to know the history and tales of Nutcrackers, he is gripped by the passion of collecting such figures. Due to budget concern, he is sourcing online and found the following short video which teaching on how to make cardboard Nutcracker.

He decided to DIY one and stick on his bedroom door because he believes that it is the symbols of good luck and could fright away malevolent spirits.

He then started to prepare materials that the project needed weeks ago and spent almost the whole noon time last weekend to complete a giant one. For us, it just a decorative item made with stiff paper but for my son, he treats it as protector of his private bedroom.

It looks attractive but only can stick on wall or a door. Do not hesitate to click the link if you are looking for a free standing Nutcracker statue life size.


Supplies Needed

Stiff Paper

Acrylic Paint (yellow, red, black and flesh color)

Masking tape
Art knives
Glue gun
Gold glitter
Gold braids
Gold tassels
Small cylinder bottle or any other tool that can make a circle


Step by Step Instructions

1. Cut the cardboard into different pieces base on the specific measurement.
2. Join top part, body and legs pieces.
3. Make the “body” part as per standard dressing of this soldier.
4. Continue to make 2 “legs” by painting black color on “leg” shape cardboard.
5. Draw a line on top part of cardboard to divide head and hat.
6. Paint the hat with black color while using flesh color to paint anther part as “face”.
7. Make red “arms” and put the epaulettes (made with gold tassels and metallic threads) on top part of “arm”.
8. Join the “arms” to the "body".
9. Make the nose, eyes, brows and mustache to complete “face” part.
10. Decorate hat with metallic threads if there is balance.



In the video, the author gave the following measurement for each part:
head = 11 by 24 inches
body = 11 by 29 inches
leg = 5 by 23 inches
arm = 4 inches by 23 inches

However, it is a hard to get a very long length stiff paper. Thus my son decided to make his own version by reducing the size of each part. He also did not apply gold glitter on body part because this kind of glitter always sticks on his hand after completed the artwork.

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