Some coworkers and I started a tradition of creating nutcrackers in the style of the winter show we were working on. For “Mary Poppins” we couldn’t decide between two iconic looks for Mary and Bert: “Chim Chim Cheree” or “Jolly Holiday.” In the end we did two sets. Here are the Mary Poppins Nutcrackers.
We started with standard blank soldier and snowlady nutcrackers. I cut the hats off of both and was able to use the extra wood to make Mary taller by adding the off-cut to the bottoms.
The clothing is all hand painted. Bert’s hats are either card stock or fabric. Mary’s hats are either painted wood or fabric and beads. The chimney sweep bristles are actually black ostrich feathers.
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The parrot head umbrella was the most difficult part because it was so small and detailed. I used a combination of plastic and seed beads with Superglue. I think I had to remake that parrot head five times before it set.
So if you want to change up your holiday decorations, you can turn any nutcracker into whomever or whatever you like. I love displaying all of of my special nutcrackers each Christmas. It brings back great memories of the shows I’ve worked on, and wonderful friends.
See all of our Christmas DIY projects on Create Whimsy.