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Just over a week ago, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was released in theaters. I’ve been stewing around on this DIY idea for a few weeks now, and it’s finally all come together. Follow my instructions below for these easy DIY Nutcracker ornaments!
DIY Nutcracker Ornaments Inspired by Disney’s Nutcracker
I’ve never made my own ornaments before, so I did a lot of research into the best methods and supplies. If you have ornaments on hand, don’t feel like you need to go buy any. However, several of the craft stores around my town are having a great sale on holiday crafts. I picked up four ornaments for $2! Here’s what you’ll need for these DIY Nutcracker ornaments:
Nutcracker Ornament Supplies
- Clear, plastic ornament
- Glitter (blue, pink, green)
- Polycrylic protective finish
- Hot glue
- Tulle (pink and white)
- Accessories such as small, plastic candies, flowers, and snowflakes
Directions for Nutcracker Inspired Ornaments
After lots of research reading how other crafters did it, I really thought Amy from As the Bunny Hops had the easiest method for making a beautiful, glittery ornament. Luckily, I have plenty of polycrylic on hand because my husband builds furniture in his spare time, so this saved me time and money.
- Pour in some of the polycrylic, swirl it around, and invert the ornament in a paper cup. Sarah’s tip: Make sure you put a good amount of finish in the ornament and swirl it around so the entire inside is coated. I didn’t put enough on my first go round and had to improvise when my glitter didn’t fully coat the inside of my ornament.
- Pour in the glitter (color depends on which regent you’re making) and give a good shake to coat. Turn it upside down again and put in paper cup to dry. Give it about 30 minutes and you’ll be good to go.
- For the Sugar Plum Fairy, I was very inspired by the “cotton candy” hair she had in the film, so I wanted to recreate that with the tulle. I then found the cutest little candies at the craft store and hot glued them on as well.
- For Shiver, the Snowflake Regent, I wanted the ornament to look like it was snowing, so I used the white tulle at the top and dotted on the snowflakes with hot glue.
- Finally, for Hawthorne, the Flower Regent, gluing the flowers on was so simple and easy. His ornament was probably the simplest to make!
Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie
Having been so inspired by the movie to create these ornaments, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with you other great ideas for planning your own Nutcracker inspired holiday.
Check out these fun ideas and get your party on!