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Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Nutcracker Soldier


This Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Nutcracker Soldier can be made quickly and easily regardless of the version you decide to make. Each version uses the funEZ pattern, paper, yarn and simple tools. The finished paper nutcracker soldier is fun and playful.

Let's look at three different versions.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier showing three different options

All three versions are made the same way. Each uses slightly different paper materials.

Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Nutcracker Soldier Materials and Tools:

All three use:

Option 1

  • Matte finish presentation paper for printer
  • Color printer

Option 2

  • Regular printer paper
  • Color printer
  • Poster board
  • Glue

Option 3

  • Regular printer paper
  • Printer - B&W or color
  • Construction paper - black, red, blue, tan
  • Glue

Other options could be made with different paper as well.

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here for Option 1.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Paper Nutcracker Soldier:

For Option 1, print the Paper Nutcracker Soldier pattern on matte presentation paper. I used 48 lb. Brochure and Flyer paper. (Options 2 and 3 different steps are described below Option 1.)

Cut around the pattern shapes.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 1 cut around shapes

Punch holes where the white circles are on the pattern pieces.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 2 punch holes

Push thread through the holes in one boot and in the bottom of one leg.

Lap the thread 3 to 4 times through the holes.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 3 layer thread through holes

Position the boot in front of the leg.

Tie a knot in the thread ends.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 4 tie knot in thread

Clip the thread ends.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 5 clip threads

The left leg and left boot are now connected.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 6 left leg and boot

Using the same process, connect the remaining joints.

For the different connections:

Cap overlaps head
Head is behind top of red jacket
Top of arms overlap jacket
Hands overlap arms
Legs overlap jacket
Boots overlap legs

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 7 connect the remaining joints

Thread the ends of the yarn through the two holes at the top of the cap.

Tie the yarn ends into a knot to form the loop.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier step 8 add yarn loop

This fun little paper nutcracker soldier is finished and ready for small hands to play with him, to hang as a decoration or to add some whimsy for a smile or two.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier finished shape

For Option 2, print the pattern in color on regular paper.

Glue the paper to light-weight poster board.

Let the glue dry.

Then, follow the steps for Option 1.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier finished poster board

Option 3 uses four different colors of construction paper.

Print the pattern on regular printer paper.

Cut around the shapes outside the lines.

Glue the cap and boots to black construction paper.

Glue the legs to blue construction paper.

Glue the jacket and arms to red construction paper.

Glue the head and hands to tan construction paper.

Let the glue dry.

Then, follow the steps for Option 1.

You can also add eyes and nutcracker teeth with a pen or pencil.

Paper Nutcracker Soldier finished construction paper

Here are the fun little paper nutcracker soldiers lined in a row.

Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Nutcracker Soldier showing three different versions finished

Simple materials and simple tools makes this a fun and easy project for people of all ages.

Have fun!

The inexpensive and Easy Christmas Crafts Paper Nutcracker Soldier project can quickly and easily become one or many; maybe even a fun garland for the holidays, too.


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