Giant DIY Nutcracker

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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  • Diane Diane on Nov 08, 2021

    What kind of container did you make the head from? Oh and one suggestion since you out so much effort into this wonderful project you can get sheets a kind of foam material that you could use for a mouth. It would be a little more permanent and weatherproof if you wanted to put this outside. I used it for ears and a face on a cow I made from a propane tank once.☺️

  • 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!!!


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  • Suzie 50 Suzie 50 on Nov 18, 2021

    You are so creative!! Love that you got the idea and just went with it. He turned out so great, what an eye catcher!

  • Thea Thea on Dec 09, 2021

    This is beautifully thought out!