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 a sugar plum fairy Clothes Peg Doll for the Christmas Tree.
RELATED CRAFT: Nutcracker Clothes Peg Craft for Kids
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.
Out Now! – Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I’ve been there!
So that is why we’ve put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
More Nutcracker-Inspired Crafts and Activities for Kids
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