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 Theatre Book by Geraldine McCaughrean and Illustrated by Kristina Swarner. Inspired by the story, we’ve created a Nutcracker Ballerina dolly peg ornament to make that toddlers and preschooler can do too.
Dolly Peg Decorations
This is a simple Christmas Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers. I made a version of the peg doll alongside my daughter who was just 3 at the time. You can see her version alongside mine throughout the guide to creating these Nutcracker Peg Dolls Christmas Tree Decorations. If you want to have a go at creating the Nutcracker peg doll then check out our tutorial for making him too. You may also like our Dolly Peg Angels Craft perfect for adding to the Christmas Tree as well.
Materials Needed to Create your Christmas Peg Dolls
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- Wooden Dolly Pegs Clothespins
- Tacky Glue
- Giotto Decor Pens and Giotto Decor metallic pens
- Gold Screw Eye Hooks
- Pink Tulle
- String or ribbon for hanging on the tree
- Scissors for cutting the tulle
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How to make a Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy Ornament with Kids
Due to T’s age – she’s only 3 we decided that our peg doll Christmas decorations didn’t need any 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Once dry she used some tacky glue to add strips of tulle around the body of the sugar plum fairy to make her skirt.
4. 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 and tied a knot to hang it from the Christmas Tree.
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Additions to the Sugar Plum Fairy with Older Kids
Why not create these will your older kids you could add wool strands for the hair. Scraps of fabric from your collection can be used to make a skirt or dress for the ballerina. Or even why not go natural and use some skeleton leaves to add fairy wings to the clothes peg doll.
More Nutcracker-Inspired Crafts and Activities for Kids
Discover more Nutcracker themed activities and crafts to create with your kids below. Either click on the images or the blue underlined text to be taken to the instructions for that activity.
This year we are trying our best to be a little more eco-friendly so we are creating our own gift tags like these Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Tags which my daughter is loving making this year.
Whether you are wanting to combine this homemade Sugar Plum Sensory Dough with reading of the Nutcracker or with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (where visions of sugar plums danced through their heads). The smell of it is amazing.
We love getting creative with Saltdough and this Saltdough Nutcracker Keepsake Ornament is a fun way to link reading with making a memory that you can put on the tree year after year.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.