DIY Nutcracker Puppet for Kids!

By on December 6, 2013

DIYNutcrackerPuppet_12-3-13_MAINA simple and fun activity perfect for the holidays!

We’ve got everything you need to bring this adorable Nutcracker Puppet to life, including:

  • A Printable Supply List
  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • FREE Nutcracker Printouts!

Our printouts come in a ready-to-go color versions or blank ones to color in yourself!

Level: Beginner

Time: 15-30 minutes



1 Paper Lunch Bag

White Card Stock

Glue Stick/White School Glue

Cotton Balls


Nutcracker Printouts

Optional: Crayons, markers or colored pencils

Print This List!

Step 1: Load your printer with the white cardstock, print a Nutcracker head and body, then cut out the pieces (Fig. 1). You can color them in yourself or print our color versions!

NOTE: When printing be sure to set your Size Option to “Actual Size” and Orientation to “Auto Portrait/Landscape.



Step 2: Glue the body to your lunch bag. (Fig. 2a- Fig. 2b)

IMPORTANT: Be sure line up the “teeth” on the body with the bag’s bottom flap as shown in in Figure 2b.




Step 3: Cover the bottom flap with glue (Fig. 3a- Fig. 3b) and attach the head. Line up the center line of of the top and bottom teeth to make sure your head and body line up correctly. (Fig. 3c)





Step 4: To make “hair” for head and beard gently pull apart 3 -4 cotton balls. (Fig. 4a- Fig. 4c)





Step 5: Glue 1-2 cotton balls that have been pulled apart to one side of your Nutcracker face for “hair”. (Fig. 5a- Fig. 5b) Repeat on the other side.




Step 6: Glue 1 pulled apart cotton ball beneath the bottom row of “teeth” to make a beard. (Fig. 6a- Fig. 6b)




Congratulations! Once the glue has dried, your Nutcracker puppet is ready to play!


About JoJo Mrgich

JoJo Mrgich began studying modern dance, musical theater jazz and choreography in college and now, 10 years later, she is part of the Marketing and Social Media team at DDS. In addition to working as a choreographer to local colleges and theaters in her spare time, she has also served as Director of Dance and Costume Mistress for local non-profit theaters in her community.

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