Do you collect nutcrackers? What style of nutcracker do you like? I remember walking into a Christmas store long ago and seeing several hundred nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes! The store employee proceeded to tell us all about their origin and how they are made. They are a Christmas icon!

I’ve decided to recreate one that is both fun and fun-ctional! I will be using a Pringles potato chip can and the following CutCardStock base colors for my project: PopTone Black Licorice, Basis Soft Pink, and Stardream Metallic Mars.

Here is a video demo to show the assembly in more detail:

All the strips are 11″ in length. For width, the standard can measures at 9″ so the measurements to cut the width of each of your strips are as follows:

  1. 2 strips of the PopTone Black Licorice, one at 2.5″ width and one at 2″ width.
  2. 1 strip of the Basis Soft Pink at 2″
  3. 1 strip of the Stardream Metallic Mars at 2.5″

Next, take a sturdy adhesive like a tape runner glue and add strips of glue to the back of the 2″ black strip first. Go across the back of the whole strip. Then, find the back of your can and begin applying it around the top of the can. Repeat with the other 3 strips all the way down the can.

For the hat, I chose a couple remnants of gold ribbon that I had and added trim to the top and bottom of the hat. Then I also glued on a section of the thinner gold ribbon across the red panel, which becomes the nutcracker’s chest. Some embellishment drops complete the look of “buttons.”

On the Basis Soft Pink paper, I’m adding some details to create the face. We have a mustache and brim cut out in the PopTone Black Licorice, and a nose in the Basis Soft Pink. Eyes are black button bling!

My cookie container is complete! To stack cookies in this cute holder, simply bake (or purchase!) a few of your Christmas favorites, put them in a cupcake liner and set them inside. You now have an inexpensive handmade gift that your friends will go “nuts” about. Ha!

I appreciate all of the CutCardStock fans and would love it if you decided to pin this to your Pinterest boards. Thank you all for stopping by – Merry Christmas!

Written by

Maureen Ruangchamneil

Maureen (Mo) discovered joy in paper crafts when she created her first baby's scrapbook album (almost 20 years ago)! If she's taking a break from crafts, it's to hunt hidden Mickeys at Disneyland or sit by her pool with a cup of coffee. You can get "Mo' crafty" with her on A Little Mo Crafty Blog or on Instagram at @alittleMocrafty.