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These Nutcrackers are simple to make using clothespins and acrylic paint.
Age Range: 6-8
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Wood Clothespin
  • Wood Beads of Choice
  • Creatologyâ„¢ Pom Pom - Black
  • Craft Smart® All Purpose Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Acrylic Paint

Project Instructions

  1. Paint a clothespin red on solid top. Let dry.
  2. Paint white about an inch under the red. Let dry.
  3. Paint blue under white and paint black for feet.  Let dry.
  4. Use gold paint to accent areas between colors. Let dry.
  5. Decorate nutcrackers with soldier designs (stripes/buttons etc.) with paint. Let dry.
  6. Paint a face with lots of exaggeration on a wooden bead (mustache, eyebrows, cheeks, etc.).
  7. Use a glue to attach head to clothespin.
  8. Use glue to attach a small piece of fur to chin and back of bead for hair.
  9. Attach a black pom pom for a hat.


Set clothes pins in a ribbon spool hole to dry.