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Giant Nutcracker

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.

Regular price: $25.00 or 25 credits
20% Rebate until July 31, 2018

PDF download: $20.00

(Basic and Pro Member Price: 20 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.


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

36 Responses to Giant Nutcracker

  1. Mary Hill 2015-11-10 at 9:15 pm #

    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.

    • Joelle 2015-11-11 at 10:11 am #

      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.

  2. corneilus1985 2015-11-18 at 2:52 pm #

    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.

    • animaplates 2015-11-18 at 3:17 pm #

      For white glue, I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue. It is quite thick and dries fast.

      For gluing the two layers of the hat together, it’s better to use a thinner glue.

  3. Mary Hill 2015-11-22 at 6:27 pm #

    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.

    • Joelle 2015-11-22 at 6:35 pm #

      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!

  4. Mary Hill 2015-11-23 at 9:42 am #

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

    • Joelle 2015-11-23 at 10:25 am #

      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.

    • Denise Carlton 2015-11-24 at 4:18 pm #

      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.

      • Joelle 2015-11-24 at 4:29 pm #

        Now I am really intrigued 🙂 I can’t wait to see your pictures!

      • animaplates 2015-11-29 at 12:00 pm #

        For details on the mop head hairdo, see here.

  5. Mary Hill 2015-11-25 at 8:13 pm #

    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.

    • Joelle 2015-11-26 at 10:59 am #

      Great! A lady nutcracker. I love it!
      To send pictures, just use the Contact form http://animaplates.com/contact-us/

    • animaplates 2015-11-29 at 11:55 am #

      Better yet, you can now attach a picture to your comments!

  6. animaplates 2015-11-29 at 11:57 am #

    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!

  7. Brittany 2015-12-02 at 11:45 pm #

    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?

    • Joelle 2015-12-03 at 9:14 am #

      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!

  8. Mary Hill 2015-12-04 at 7:25 pm #

    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.

  9. Mary Hill 2015-12-08 at 11:41 am #

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

    • animaplates 2015-12-08 at 12:01 pm #

      Yes, we got it. I also added it to the map.
      It’s beautiful!

    • Denise C. 2015-12-14 at 2:29 pm #

      Mary, he’s wonderful!!!! He looks much taller than mine. Did you enlarge him? If so, could you please list the dimensions of your king nutcracker in a post below?

  10. Rodney Dennis 2015-12-12 at 11:38 am #

    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

    • Joelle 2015-12-12 at 11:48 am #

      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!

  11. RENA 2016-01-27 at 2:27 am #

    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,

    • Joelle 2016-01-27 at 9:56 am #

      That’s a great idea. I just might do that when the last video is finished!

  12. marie edwards 2016-10-22 at 8:04 am #

    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

    • Joelle 2016-10-22 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Marie. We’re working on a print version, but it’s not quite ready yet. Coming soon!

  13. Marie edwards 2016-10-24 at 3:46 am #

    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

    • Joelle 2016-10-24 at 10:22 am #

      Watch for it in our newsletter!

  14. Carolina 2016-12-10 at 12:53 am #

    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.


    • Joelle 2016-12-10 at 11:43 am #

      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 🙂

    • Carlton Denise 2016-12-13 at 5:59 pm #

      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?

      • Carolina 2016-12-14 at 7:55 pm #

        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 !!!

  15. Denise Carlton 2016-12-15 at 4:35 pm #

    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.

  16. Rosanne 2017-12-12 at 12:50 pm #

    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.

    • Joelle 2017-12-12 at 5:35 pm #

      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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