Nutcracker Flower Pot Solider

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I know I made one of these a year ago, and I was super excited when Hometalk asked me to make video of one.  I wanted 2 so I’d have a pair and now they can go on either side of my front door on the porch or on either side of my fireplace.  Being a dancer, I love the Nutcracker! I direct a dance program here in Fort Collins, CO (Mountain Dance). I created a unique Nutcracker show called Nutcracker with a Twist, & I direct 4 shows every year. My neighbor down the street has these Terra Cotta soldiers that they put out every Christmas and I love them. I decided I was going to make my own and add a twist – make mine a Flower Pot Nutcracker

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Start with 4 flower pots that are the same size. I’m using 10 inch flower pots.

I painted mine as follows:

Hat – Folk Art Chalkboard Paint

Face – Waverly Ballet Slipper

Chest – Waverly Ocean

Pants – Waverly Crimson

and I let them dry completely

I painted all of the flower pot rims in Folk Art Chalkboard Paint and let that dry.

I drew a Nutcracker face onto the ballet slipper flower pot with the rim facing up. I started by drawing my face in pencil, then I painted the eyes with Folk Art Multipurpose Titanium White paint, and the mouth with Waverly Crimson. While that was drying I used a black permanent marker to draw on the eyebrows, nose, and mustache. When the eyes were dry I used a blue permanent marker to draw on the eye, and a black sharpie for the pupil. I painted the white teeth onto the mouth and let that dry. Finally I drew over the mouth shape with the black permanent marker.

I pulled a cotton ball apart and made the beard shape and hot glued it onto the face.

On the chest, I hot glued on some embellishments of buttons and button ribbon.

I used silicone to adhere the flower pots together like this, and let dry for 24 hours.

I added ribbon embellishments to the hat with hot glue.

I added some cotton balls pulled apart for his hair.

I placed a solar light through the hole on the top of the hat.

I added an old belt to the center between the chest and pants.

I will be spraying him with Patricia Nimmocks Acrylic Sealer to protect him and I’ll let that dry for 24 hours.

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  1. I love this! My granddaughter will be thrilled to help make this. Thanks for such good instructions!

    1. Thank you so much Lisa and I would love to see pictures when you’re done. Love that you’re creating it with your granddaughter.

  2. This is cute! If I had an flat driveway, I would make a bunch and line them up along the edge of it.

    1. Thank you so much Meg and I love that idea of lining them up along the drive way 🙂

  3. Your nutcracker is adorable! I love the idea of two of these guys flanking a front door! So creative! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday party. I’ll be including your nutcracker soldier in my Party Features next week. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Emily! Thanks so much for the feature and hosting a wonderful party where all of us can share our creations.

  4. Deborah Berk says:

    Very easy to follow instructions. Thank you! I am subscibing.

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