Terra Cotta Nutcracker Soldier

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Being a dancer, I love the Nutcracker!  I direct a dance program here in Fort Collins, CO (Mountain Dance @ Mountain Kids).   With the support of the owners, I created a unique Nutcracker show called Nutcracker with a Twist almost 20 years ago, &  I direct 4 shows (with the help of the dance staff) every year.  My neighbors 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 terra cotta Nutcracker solider!

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You’ll need:

4 terra cotta pots – all the same size.

You can find the below paint here

Dixie Belle Midnight Sky

Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue

Dixie Belle Barn Red

Dixie Belle Soft Pink

Dixie Belle Fluff

 Dixie Belle Gator Hide

Paint one terra cotta pot with Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue.  You can leave the top stripe plain, you’ll be painting it later.

Paint one terra cotta pot with Dixie Belle Barn Red.  You can leave the top stripe plain, you’ll be painting it later.

Paint one terra cotta pot with Dixie Belle Midnight Sky.  Paint the entire pot, including the top.

Paint one terra cotta pot with Dixie Belle Soft Pink.  You can leave the top stripe plain, you’ll be painting it later.

Paint the top rim of each terra cotta pot with Dixie Belle Midnight Sky.

Draw on your face with pencil.  When you are ready paint the face on.

I use a sharpie for the pink nose and cheeks.

For added protection (as mine will be going outside) add 3 coats of Dixie Belle Gator Hide following the instructions.

Hot glue (or use glue of your choice) on embellishments to his shirt & hat.

Using silicone or glue of your choice adhere the terra cotta pots together like this, and let dry for 24 hours.

*I did add a solar light to the top of his hat – you can see it lit in the next picture  πŸ™‚

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  1. Beautiful! I love the Nutcracker! I am definitely adding this to my list of crafts to try!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly πŸ™‚ Please send me pictures when your’s is done.

  2. Oh my gosh, Chas, he is adorable! I’m in love. I think he needs a female friend. LOL πŸ™‚

    1. lol, that’s awesome Linda! I’ll have to make a “Clara” Ballerina for him πŸ™‚ Love it!!!

  3. Adorable! Have to make this for my 5 yr old granddaughter who is obsessed with nut crackers! But would love to know where you found the solar light?

    1. Thank you Sandy. I got the solar light from Walmart this past summer. I was saving it for this guy πŸ™‚

  4. He is so cute! Thanks for sharing with us at the Virtual Refrigerator. Pinned.

    1. Thank you, I’m really excited about him πŸ™‚

  5. This is hysterical!! I love this guy and his little belt! But if I tried it, you’d have to draw that face for me, or send me the stencil! So funny and creative.

    1. Thank you Zaleina, we are loving him and he makes us smile too πŸ™‚

  6. How creative. I’m a huge nutcracker fan. Would love for you to share on Sunday’s Best Linkup.

    1. Thank you Rhonda and you bet, I’ll be there πŸ™‚ Thanks for the invite.

  7. This is so creative! I love it… and I too love nutcrackers, (and I’m NOT a dancer, trust me…. LOL) Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚ Liz

    1. Thanks so much Liz πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you too!!! πŸ™‚

  8. I have a few broken pots that I could actually patch up enough to be able to make this.

    1. That is a great idea Elise, and thanks for sharing it here with everyone! πŸ™‚

  9. Very cute! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  10. What a great idea. Love these.

    Thanks for sharing at The Christmas blog hop.

    1. Thank you Claire and thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  11. What a fun and fabulous craft, Chas! I love how your Terra Cotta Nutcracker Soldier turned out. The Nutcracker is one of my very favourite ballets! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Happy New Year! Look forward to seeing you back at Hearth and Soul on 8th January!

    1. Thank you April, and thank you so very much for having a place for all of us to share our creations and ideas. Happy New Year to you!

    1. Thank you and thank you for sharing the article. Have a great day!

  12. I just found your web site thanks to Hometalk. I am in love ? with your nut cracker. I will defiantly be making one. Also be our watering can. Thank you for sharing. ???

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Deb. I love that you want to make a Nutcracker and watering can. Please send me pictures when you’re done, I’d love to see them!

  13. Hi love the nutcracker, so easy to make without a lot of expense. Thanks for all the great ideas and crafts you show us.

    1. Thank you so much Sandra, and thanks for the kind words… made my day πŸ™‚

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