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!
4 terra cotta pots – all the same size.
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 🙂
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