Craft of the Month: Nutcracker Christmas Crafts

. December 2, 2016.
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For many families, attending The Nutcracker ballet is an annual holiday event.
Whether you plan to go to a performance or not,
you can enjoy this enchanting tale by making a craft!


Supplies

  • Nutcracker Sweet
  • Empty potato chip can (Pringles type)
  • Rounded clothespins (2)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Felt (black, blue, red, pink)
  • Craft foam (black)
  • Craft fur (black)
  • Glue gun (low setting)
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Marker
  • Fabric trim, ribbon, buttons, rhinestones, sequins, fabric paint
  • Candy

Instructions

  1. Remove lid from can and place open side down.
  2. With a marker, divide the can into three sections to create the head, body and legs.
  3. Measure and cut felt rectangles to wrap around each section of the can to create blue pants, a red jacket and a pink face. (Note: rectangle sizes will vary according to the measurements in step 2.)
  4. Glue face, jacket and pants in place.
  5. Measure and cut two 2-by-4-inch red felt rectangles and wrap around each clothespin to create arms. Glue in place.
  6. Glue arms vertically to the can.
  7. To create boots, cut two long, narrow rectangles from black felt. Glue to the front of the nutcracker.
  8. Cut a thin strip of craft fur and glue around the top of the head to create hair.
  9. Cut a rectangle from craft foam that measures approximately 2½-by-9 inches. Wrap just above the top portion of the can to create a hat. Glue in place.
  10. Cut a small triangle from craft foam to create a nose.
  11. Glue wiggly eyes and nose to the face then create a long mouth with markers.
  12. Embellish the hat, jacket and pants with trim, ribbons, buttons, rhinestones, sequins, fabric paint, etc. Let dry.
  13. Fill the can with candy and secure with the lid.

If you’d like to make attending The Nutcracker a new holiday tradition, check out local performances in the area.

River Raisin Ballet Company

Friday, December 2 at 7pm
Saturday, December 3 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 4 at 3pm
River Raisin Centre for the Arts
114 S. Monroe St. | Monroe
$20/adult | $18/senior | $13/child
Call 734-242-7722 or visit riverraisincentre.org.

Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Saturday, December 3 at 2pm and 6:30pm
Brighton Center for the Performing Arts
7878 Brighton Rd. | Brighton
$27/person
Call 810-299-4130 or visit brightonperformingarts.com.

Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Saturday, December 10 at 7pm
Michigan Theater | 603 E. Liberty St.
$45/person
Call 734-668-8397 or visit michtheater.com.

Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre

Friday, December 16 at 8pm
Saturday, December 17 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, December 18 at 2pm
Power Center for the Performing Arts
121 Fletcher St.
$30/adult | $25/senior | $15/child under 12
Call 734-763-8587 or visit muto.umich.edu.

Ballet Chelsea

Saturday, December 3 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 4 at 2pm
Saturday, December 10 at 7pm
Sunday, December 11 at 2pm
CHS Performing Arts Complex
740 N. Freer Rd. | Chelsea
$20/adult and $15/child/student/senior.
Call 734-475-3070 or visit balletchelsea.org.

Grosse Ile Academy of Dance,
Plymouth-Canton Ballet and Metro Shores Ballet

Saturday, December 3 at 6:30pm
Sunday, December 4 at 2pm
Salem High School Auditorium
46181 Joy Rd. | Canton
$20/adult | $15/child | $2 discount if purchased in advance
Call 734-676-7233 or visit metroshoresballet.org.