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Nutcracker Paper Bag Puppet Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Watching The Nutcracker is a fun Christmas tradition! Whether it’s the ballet or the movie, it’s full of magic and adventure, so the kids love it!

Bring The Nutcracker home with this fun and cute nutcracker paper bag puppet! It’s a great way for the kids to use their imaginations and be creative!

This puppet craft is easy to make and customizable, so your kids can create an army of nutcracker soldiers in different colors! It’s also educational since kids work on their fine motor skills, scissors skills, following directions, and more with this craft!

All you need is some basic supplies like an everyday paper bag, scissors, glue, and this nutcracker template to get started.

Once they have completed this project, let their imaginations run free. They can put on their own puppet show or play pretend with these festive nutcrackers.

Fill your holiday with Christmas crafts, candy cane wishes, and nutcracker kisses!

There are lots of great crafts that kids will love to do this holiday season. So get crackin’ and check out all the crafts. Make a list of which ones you want to do with the kids.

Nutcracker Craft For Kids

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Supplies

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown paper bag
  • Nutcracker template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the nutcracker template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

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Begin by gluing the face to the flap portion of the brown bag.

hand assembling nutcracker paper bag puppet

Take the teeth and glue them to the bottom of the face, then glue the mustache to the top of the teeth.

hand placing mouth onto nutcracker paper bag puppet
hand placing mustache onto face of nutcracker

Place the nose in the middle of the face and glue it just above the mustache.

Next, glue the eyes on both sides of the nose. Then glue the eyebrows above the eyes.

hand placing eye onto face of nutcracker

Create the hat by gluing the crown decoration to the bottom of the hat. Take the top hat decoration and glue it to the top and back of the hat.

hands assembling hat for nutcracker
hands assembling parts of nutcracker hat

Glue the hat to the top of the nutcracker’s head.

hands placing hat on head of nutcracker

Place the hair in the fold of the paper bag and glue it to both sides of the head.

hands gluing hair to nutcracker paper bag puppet craft

Position the coat on the main portion of the brown bag and glue it in place.

placing body of nutcracker onto paper bag

Next, glue the coat decorations to the top and middle of the coat.

hands assembling shirt for nutcracker

Create the belt by gluing the belt to the coat. Then glue the outer buckle to the middle of the belt. Finish by gluing the inner buckle to the middle of the outer buckle.

hands placing belt onto nutcracker
hands assembling parts of nutcracker
hands placing belt buckle onto nutcracker

Your kids are sure to love playing with this adorable and festive puppet this Christmas season, it might even become their favorite craft this year!

hand holding finished nutcracker paper bag puppet craft

Christmas Ideas For Kids

Looking for some more Christmas ideas to do with the kids?

We’ve got you covered! We have lots of Christmas crafts and activities that’ll keep them busy learning and having fun.

Read on below for some festive ideas, and save the ones you want to do with your kids over the holiday season.

Christmas Books For Kids

Christmas is a magical time of year, and what could be more magical than snuggling up with your little ones to read them a festive story?

Reading aloud to your kids has all sorts of benefits – it helps to develop their language skills, builds their vocabulary, and sparks their imagination.

And what better way to get them into the Christmas spirit than by reading them Christmas books?

So curl up with your little ones this Christmas season and enjoy the magic of a good book!

Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!

Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.

Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!

How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!

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Christmas Crafts For Kids

Crafting is a great holiday activity that has a lot of benefits. Not only is it a fun activity, it also helps kids develop their fine motor skills, gain decision making skills, and stretch their imaginations.

Kids can also recognize patterns, shapes, and colors when crafting. Help kids express themselves by adding some more arts and crafts into their day.

Keep reading below for some of our favorite Christmas crafts that will inspire your kids to craft!

Elf on the Shelf Card Craft – Kids will love to make a card inspired by their Elf on the Shelf! The card is customizable so it to look like the elf that hangs out at your house! They love to send someone a special holiday greeting with their completed card!

Santa Claus Tissue Paper Craft – A fun activity to do while we wait for Santa Claus to come to town. Kids of all ages will love to make this Santa out of tissue paper. It’ll make for a cute and festive Christmas decoration that Santa will love to see hanging on your fridge.

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Reindeer Craftivity – Do you ever wonder what Santa’s reindeer get up to when they’re not pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve? Kids will create their own reindeer, and show off their big imaginations telling us all about what they would do if they were one of Santa’s reindeer.

Grinch Handprint Craft – A favorite holiday character is brought to life with your little one’s handprints. This craft is based on the latest How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie. It’s so cute and easy to make with our free template!

Christmas Activities For Kids

Kids will love to express their creativity by coloring in these reindeer coloring pages. They’re a great activity for kids to do at home, school, or daycare! They’re fun for all ages, and no prep since all you have to do is print and gather the crayons.

Your kid will be one smart cookie when they complete these free gingerbread man worksheets! They’re a great activity to work on their handwriting, letter recognition, and improving their scissor skills. These sweet printables are great for preschool through kindergarten.

hand holding finished nutcracker paper bag craft

Practice fine motor skills, letter recognition, counting, and more with these fun and festive Santa do a dot printables. Kids love using their dot markers, so these pages are the perfect activity to use them with. Download and print for fun holiday learning!

Kids are in for a sweet treat when they color in these gingerbread man color by number pages! They’ll love seeing the cute gingerbread man pictures revealed while also working on number recognition and colors. Make some sweet memories with a Christmas coloring session. Just print, and you’re ready for some holiday fun.

two variations of finished nutcracker paper bag puppet

Christmas Fun

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hand holding finished nutcracker paper bag craft

Nutcracker Paper Bag Puppet For Kids

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This nutcracker paper bag craft is easy to make and customize. Your kids can create an army of nutcracker soldiers in different colors!

Materials

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown paper bag
  • Nutcracker template

Instructions

  1. Download the nutcracker template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by gluing the face to the flap portion of the brown bag.
  3. Take the teeth and glue them to the bottom of the face, then glue the mustache to the top of the teeth.
  4. Place the nose in the middle of the face and glue it just above the mustache.
  5. Next, glue the eyes on both sides of the nose. Then glue the eyebrows above the eyes.
  6. Create the hat by gluing the crown decoration to the bottom of the hat. Take the top hat decoration and glue it to the top and back of the hat.
  7. Glue the hat to the top of the nutcracker's head.
  8. Place the hair in the fold of the paper bag and glue it to both sides of the head.
  9. Position the coat on the main portion of the brown bag and glue it in place.
  10. Next, glue the coat decorations to the top and middle of the coat.
  11. Create the belt by gluing the belt to the coat. Then glue the outer buckle to the middle of the belt. Finish by gluing the inner buckle to the middle of the outer buckle.





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Monica

Wednesday 29th of November 2023

Nutcracker paper bag puppet please

Sam

Wednesday 29th of November 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

Kim

Monday 30th of October 2023

Nutcracker Paper Bag Puppet Craft for kids and the Nutcracker Name Plate, please

Sam

Monday 30th of October 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

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