When I was a little girl I wasn’t familiar with the Nutcracker.
I didn’t grow up in a house where people knew anything about classical music or the ballet. Saturday nights in our house were spent watching the hockey game on TV, not attending the ballet. However, when I was about 10 years old my best friend gave me a lovely, little book for Christmas – Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman.
While the book was small, the illustrations were beautifully detailed and the text pulled me into the magical world of Marie and Fritz. I still have that book and read it with my daughters every holiday season.
When I took my eldest daughter to see the Nutcracker ballet about 10 years ago she too was captivated by the story. About fifteen minutes into the ballet she whispered one simple question into my ear, “Mommy, when are they going to talk?” I replied that there are no words in ballet – they speak through dance. I love reliving those sweet memories as we re-read the book every year.
So, to celebrate our love of the story of the Nutcracker we decided to make festive Sugar Plum Fairy gift tags for all of our Christmas presents this year. The sweet little ballerinas are sure to bring a smile to our friends’ and family’s faces.
White card stock
Decorative paper – we used red and green origami paper
Double sided tape
Pencil, coloured pencil crayons
The first step is to make the gift cards. Cut the card stock into rectangles 13 cm x 7.5cm.
Now it’s time to draw a ballerina onto the gift tag. Make certain she has a long torso…as that is where the tutu will be attached. Draw any other decorations you like…my girls drew sprigs of holly.
Next it is time to make the sugar plum fairy tutu skirts. Cut the decorative paper into 7.5cm x 14cm pieces. Accordion fold the paper, folding the short side. Once the decorative paper is folded, fold the paper in half and secure with a piece of double sided tape.
To fasten the tutu to the paper, place a piece of double sided tape across the ballerina’s torso and press the tutu into place.
Finally, it is time to write a personal message to the gift recipient and use the double sided tape to secure the tag to the gift.
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.
Jen Farr is a writer and stay-at-home mom with 2 adventurous tween-aged daughters. Jen shares everything that lands on their kitchen counter on her blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
While there you’ll discover how Jen is navigating her way through parenting tweens in our hectic, digital times.