Here is a map showing the locations of the people who took up the challenge to build a Giant Nutcracker. Where available, I have added a picture of their nutcracker. If your nutcracker picture isn’t here yet, please leave a comment below and attach your photo!
It had long be my dream to build a nutcracker bigger than myself. I had started collecting big cardboard tubes, and I even bought a big construction tube that I was going to use for the body of my giant nutcracker.
Then last year in the summer, I decided to go ahead with my project. I thought I would get an early start on Christmas, and I am glad I did. Because I had to keep the other Animaplates projects coming as well, it took me until November to finish it all.
Right from the start, I had decided that I would make not one but two nutcrackers, and donate them to the Trees of Hope charity that I had worked with in the past (see here). That also solved the problem of what I would do with my creations after Christmas, since I don’t really have enough room at home to store two life-size nutcrackers.
Of course, I had filmed and photographed every stage of my work, so that I could share my experience with you, the members and visitors of the Animaplates website. This year, I am publishing the explanations for my first nutcracker, inspired by the ceremonial guards in London and Ottawa.