Giant DIY Nutcracker

Claudia Modi
by Claudia Modi
4 Materials
2 Days

Big Nutcracker made with old buckets and pipes.

This is the final project.

Recently I applied asphalt coat to my driveway and end up with empty buckets, I don't like to throw them in th garbage but I have plenty. I decides that I need a project to used them.

I took some pipes from an old soccer net my father did for my boys long time ago and they don't use it anymore. Those were for the legs and arms.

I went to Walmart and bought the spray paint and painted them and let them dry.

Putting the pieces together

I used screws to attach the arms and cups to cover the shoulders.

For the face I cut a piece of wood for the nose and some stickers for the pupils of the eyes.

Used paint to do the rest and piece of paper to do the mouth.

Cut 2 pieces of wood to do the feet.

Started decorating the body, I used some gold tape and some stones painted in gold color.

Added the hair and beard. The hair is from a Halloween spider net and the beard is from a Winter hat.

For the sword I used 2 pieces of wood and painted them.

The hands are balls of Styrofoam.

Suggested materials:
  • Plastic buckets   (Hom)
  • Wood   (Home)
  • Paint   (Walmart)
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  • Maureen Norton Schultz Maureen Norton Schultz on Nov 19, 2021

    How did you attach the legs to the lid so it didn’t fall over

  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Dec 04, 2021

    What did you/where did you get the gold buttons? The nutcracker is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE, INCREDIBLE...And you did with what you had!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!! AND LET'S PRAY FOR A WONDERFUL, PEACEFUL NEW YEAR 2022!!!

  • Fernanda Posada Ubovich Fernanda Posada Ubovich on Nov 28, 2022

    This is a great project, which I would love to make it. BUT... how did you attach all the parts together?!?!?! You don't mention anything about it. Please post something about this. Thank you

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