Nothing to me says Christmas like the story of the Nutcracker – I remember as a child reading it as well as being lucky enough to go and see the ballet a few times. It was such a Christmas thing to do, and I’m lucky that my kids love the story as much as I do – although we are yet to see the ballet in real life they have watched a movie and TV production of the ballet, we also have a beautiful copy of the Nutcracker – a version that comes alive The Nutcracker: A Magic Theater Book by Geraldine McCaughrean and Illustrated by Kristina Swarner. Inspired by the story, we’ve created two Peg Doll Ornaments for the Christmas Tree – a tin soldier and a pretty sugar plum fairy.
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How to Make the Tin Solider
We started off with colouring the legs of the tin soldier black half way up the legs for his smart boots and then blue above for his trousers as our book showed.
Then a red jacket with a white stripe down the front.
Using some tacky glue my eldest attached a pompom for his helmet and we then screwed in the gold screw eye hook behind it so that the tin soldier could hang from the tree.
Putting it into a Peg-Doll stand we left it to dry and once dry added in the fine detail – using a gold permanent marker we added in details for his jacket, a little pink for his hands and then details onto his face
I then used the gold screw eye hook and screwed it into the head of the tin solider. Using a small piece of string I tied a loop to hang it from the branch of the tree.
How to make a Peg-Doll Sugar Plum Fairy
Due to T’s age – she’s only 4 we decided that our fairy didn’t need wings as she would be flying on the Christmas Tree anyhow however if your would like to create some wings then Red Ted Art has some fabulous one that she made for her Tinkerbell Peg Doll.
In our book of The Nutcracker the Sugar Plum Fairy is dressed in pink – so we started off by colouring on some pink ballet shoes on the tips of the peg.
She then decorated the body in a pink dress and added yellow to the hair and we placed it in a peg doll stand to dry.
Once dry she used some tacky glue to add strips of tulle around the body of the sugar plum fairy to make her dress.
With the doll dry, I used the gold screw eye hook and attached it to the top of the head and made a loop with the string to hang it from the Christmas Tree.
10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments Inspired by Books
We’re really pleased to be joining in with the 10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas again this year sharing ornaments for kids to make inspired by some favorite Christmas Books.
Today the following bloggers are featured but do check out the linky below to see all of this year’s ornaments.
Nutcracker-Inspired Peg-Doll Ornaments by Rainy Day Mum
Tiny Baby Jesus Ornament by A Sip of Southern Sunshine
A Colorful Christmas Using Romero Britto’s My Alphabet Playbook by Smart Tinker
How to Make Fun and Easy Paw Print Decorations by Peakle Pie
The Grinches Heart Homemade Christmas Ornament by Fun-a-day
Christmas Bell Ornament by Teach Beside Me
Festive Train Ornaments inspired by Polar Express by Crafty Mama in Me
Children’s Book Inspired Mitten Ornaments by Playdough and Popsicles