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Giant Nutcracker

Yes, you can make this nutcracker that stands over 6 feet tall! Make it alone or as a team, for yourself, your classroom, your school or your office!  (If you prefer a smaller project, try the small nutcracker.)

This giant nutcracker can be disassembled for easier transport.

To buy a printed version of this book, click here.

PDF file (83 pages)

The 83-page downloadable document includes the list of materials, all the illustrated instructions, dimensions of the various parts, and the patterns.

PDF download: $25.00

(Basic and Pro Member Price: 25 credits)

When you finish your nutcracker, we’d like to add it to our world map of giant nutcrackers. Please leave us a comment with a picture of your nutcracker.

Overview

Make sure you read the construction tips and feel free to contribute your own.

Part 1: Torso, arms and legs

Part 2: Head, nose and eyes

Part 3: Shoes

Part 4: Hat

Part 5: Hands, mouth, mustache and hair

Part 6: Final details and assembly

Comments

  • Thank you for the patterns, the pattern to cut the ball for the top of the shoe was not included but I can guess at it, I am painting my nutcracker different than yours, I am grateful for the patterns and thank you for such a great project. I look forward to the rest of the videos.

    • Oops, I forgot to include that pattern! I will update the document today, and since you purchased it, you will get the updated version.
      I’d love to see pictures of your nutcracker when it is done.

  • I liked the pattern a lot. i will get started soon, Is there a type of glue you recommend? There are so many options, i was just wondering if there was a popular brand that works best.

  • I am making a king’s crown and It won’t be close to the eyebrows like your hat is, will this be ok? The crown is a little bigger than the torso.

    • Great idea! Yes, a crown usually sits higher on the head than a bearskin hat would. I wouldn’t make it too big, but that’s a matter of taste and it depends on the size of the head of course.
      I can’t wait to see pictures of your finished nutcracker!

  • can I make the mustache from fake fur, would that work?

    • That’s not a bad idea. I stayed with the traditional look, but fur could work as well. You may have to glue it on a mustache-shaped piece of cardboard to prevent drooping.
      I suggest you wait for this week’s video #5 before you attach the mustache because some of the face details become more difficult to paint once the mustache is in place.

    • Mary, I plan to make a second nutcracker next year. (Lieutenant Ludwig is lonesome, so I’m going to make a king with a crown like you’re making.)
      At any rate, I used the strands from a mop head, soaked in slightly diluted white glue, for the hair. I wish I had used some of the left over strands of mop to make a matching mustache. I am considering doing that with next year’s nutcracker king. It will give a more 3D look.

  • laugh out loud Denise, I told my husband I am making a second one and he just gave me a funny look. I like the idea of a mop head, I was thinking of curling the hair at the ends. I have had so much fun with this project. I will send a picture of the king Joelle if you send me the link after we put him together, there are lady nut crackers too. Thanks for such a fun project and taking the time to put the videos together.

  • Denise sent in a picture of Lt. Ludwig van Carlton.

    My nutcracker is almost complete (He needs a belt), and is standing at attention in my entry way. I just love him.

    And so do we, Denise!

  • Hello! I love your project and will be making one! I will buy the PDF tomorrow if the sixth assembly video will be posted soon? Thank you for this! I am so excited. When will the last video be up?

    • Good timing! The downloadable instructions now contain all the details of part 6 (and many of the other parts), much more than I will be able to show in the video. So don’t wait for the video!

  • sorry but I am having technical problems with my laptop. I can’t download and send pictures at the moment. I will send as soon as I have the problem solved.

  • I tried but it said the file was too big so I tried in contact link and don’t know if you got it.

  • Joelle, Thank you so much for sharing the instructions for creating the Giant Nutcracker. My grandchildren, family and friends will be so impressed.
    Also, on December 9,2015 I purchased the PDF plans for the giant nutcracker, But the instructions for PART 4 ( CREATING THE HAT) of the Nutcraker were (NOT) included in the PDF download.
    Also the PART 5 (HANDS AND DETAILS ), (MATERIAL LIST AND INSTRUCTIONS), we’re not included with the PDF DOWNLOAD. I’am looking forward to hear from you. I can hardly wait to get started. Thank You, Rodney

    • You are right, parts 4 and 5 are still incomplete in the document. You will receive an updated version when they are ready.
      In the meantime, please follow the instructions in the videos for parts 4 and 5. Together with the patterns in the document, you should have all the information you need. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, either here or by using the contact form.
      I wish you success with your project!

  • I recently received my download of the GIANT NUTCRACKER (Preliminary document) I cannot wait to make my first one.
    Are you planning to put your video tutorials from Youtube on a dvd? I would be the first to purchase one.

    Thank you,
    rena

  • hi joelle do you have the nutcracker book version ? i know you have the pdf file of it , but i was hoping to try and buy the book kind regards Marie

  • Thank you Joelle I’m looking forward to purchasing your nutcracker book, as soon as it comes out can you email me many thanks ps just love the way you have constructed the giant nutcracker. Kind regards Marie x

  • Thank you for this wonderful tutorial, I did not have all the materials but I did the best I could with what I had. I finished them today.
    Everything ready to decorate!!!
    Excuse me, my English is not very good.

    <3

    • They’re beautiful! And four of them, that’s impressive!
      I added you to the map (I hope I got your location right). You’re the first in South America 🙂

    • Wow! Carolina, they are great. I want to make another with jewels on the hat. Did you use a purchased party crown for the do-dads on your hats? I think I recognize it from princess favors that the little girls were given at my granddaughter’s birthday party.

      Also, how did you make them so glossy? Special paint?

      And one final question. Do you have any pointers for the drum and how it is attached?

      • Denise,
        Yes, the crowns are the ones you mention. The paint is glossy water glaze. The drum will stick it to the body with silicone, just as the position of the arms and the strap of the drum hold it.

        And install them, they look beautiful !!!

  • Yes, they are spectacular! Aren’t you proud!

    Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I’ve never heard of the paint you used, but I shall try and track it down.

  • I’m trying to find out how much I can price my 6 foot nutcracker….would you happen to know any online site that might be able to help. I’ve looked online with no success.

    Thank you.
    Rosanne

    • I gave mine to a charity auction and it went for about $400, if I remember correctly. But that may no reflect the market value, that could be less or more.
      If you are not able to find one on Etsy, eBay, HandMadeArtists, etc., that may mean that they are rare, which should be a good thing for you.

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