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Nutcracker Craft with Popsicle Sticks

When I think of Christmas I do not just think about Christmas trees and Santa, I also think about nutcrackers! My Nutcracker craft with popsicle sticks is adorable and will make a perfect Christmas gift or can even be used as decor around the house!

festive nutcracker craft for kids

Nutcrackers are like toy soldiers or guards, who bring protection and good luck to your house! They are associated with ballet and they came alive on Christmas Eve.

We just recently purchased two Nutcracker dolls to sit at the top of our stairs. As a result my kids are obsessed with all things nutcracker now! I know when they are older they will also enjoy making Nutcracker bookmarks.

I am happy I came up with these fabulous craft ideas to keep them entertained!

You can really make anything you like from popsicle sticks like my festive reindeer stick craft.

Before you see my step by step guide and instructions why not go and look at some of my other easy Christmas crafts for kids

If you like Christmas tree crafts I have over 15 for you to try!

Nutcracker Craft with Popsicle Sticks

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This nutcracker craft with popsicle sticks is the perfect Christmas craft for kids this December.


  • Tan, Red, Blue, and Yellow Paint or Paint Pens
  • Paintbrushes
  • Regular Popsicle Sticks
  • Small Popsicle Sticks
  • Black Marker
  • Craft Eyes
  • White & Black Construction Paper
  • Red Foam Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Gold Glitter Pipe Cleaner


Step 1

Evenly line up 7 regular size popsicle sticks 

Step 2

Using hot glue gun, run a line of hot glue the entire length of a small popsicle stick & press it horizontally onto one end of the 7 sticks - repeat this step on the other end as well 

Step 3

Flip the newly made board over and coat with an even layer of tan paint, leaving a small section at the bottom unpainted  

Step 4

Use the black construction paper to cut out a hat shape

Step 5

Use the red foam paper to cut out a thin border and glue it along the bottom of the hat

Step 6

Cut the gold glitter pipe cleaner to fit the base of the hat and glue it just above the red border

Step 7

Glue the completed hat onto the top of the board

Step 8

Glue on the craft eyes

Step 9

Use the white construction paper to cut 2 pieces of hair, the teeth, and the goatee

Glue one hair section on each side of the board, just under the hat

Step 10

Cut two circles for the cheeks out of the red foam paper and glue in place

Step 11

Glue on the teeth and the goatee

Step 12

Use the black marker to draw on eyebrows, nose, and mustache

Step 13

Use the blue paint to cover the small, unpainted section of the board, let dry

Step 14

Glue on small pieces of gold pipe cleaner on each side of the blue section

Your nutcracker is now complete! 


Mum or Dad will have to help with the glue gun

Still looking for ideas to keep the kids busy this festive season? How about some Christmas Toilet Paper roll crafts !

What will you do with your Popsicle stick Nutcracker? Will you make lots and line them up as guards?! These will be perfect for pretend play. 

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