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Monday, December 19, 2011

I Made this Monday: Nutcracker Ornament

Over the weekend, I performed and co-directed a local dance school's annual production of the Nutcracker.  I did it last year too and had such a good time I just couldn't resist dancing and teaching it again. 

Basically I help to rehearse all the kids in the Party scene and the mice and soldiers in the Battle, along with helping set Clara's dances, her pas de deux with the Prince and the opening sequence of Act 2.   But for extra fun, I also participate in the performances as a parent in the party scene and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets.

Nutcracker is always a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!  It almost doesn't feel like Christmas if I don't dance a little bit of the Nutcracker Suite.  It's been a tradition since I was a toddler and as much a part of the Christmas Season as Gingerbread and Christmas lights!

So in honor of all that, I made a little Nutcracker ornament to give to the owner of the dance school as a thank you for everything she did this year! 
So cute and really simple to make!  You need: 

Half a clear ball ornament (you can buy plastic ones at Michael's that open up like an easter egg)

Piece of cardboard (you could use the side of a cereal box, or any piece of cardboard you have lying around.)
A Christmas picture - I scanned a card I liked from Rifle Paper Co, printed it at a smaller scale, added some stickers and voila! You can use any image you like...A Christmas card, whatever!

Glitter, felt, lacy trim, small ribbon, wintery stickers, gems and anything else you may want to use for embellishing
Use the half of the ornament ball to trace circles from the cardboard, felt, and your image and cut them out.  Adhere the image to the cardboard and add any embellisments or writing you wish. 
Next glue your lace trim around the backside edge of the circular image and then glue the felt behind that.  
Finally, draw a line of glue around the perimeter of the circle and adhere the half ornament ball to the front.  You can add fake snow or glitter to create a snowglobe effect if you wish; I just left mine plain.  Then add a loop with a bow for hanging and you're done!

 Happy Crafting!


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