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How to Draw a Nutcracker

Learn how to draw a nutcracker that touches the top and bottom of your paper and you’re guaranteed to always fill the paper.

how to draw a nutcracker

This project works great with students of all ages, the older ones just end up taking more time to adding details, and more of a background (windows, doors, gifts, etc.).

There are lots of options when it comes to coloring your nutcracker; crayons, oil pastels, paint. I recommend going with whatever makes your brightest red, as that is what will make your nutcracker as festive as possible.


There are many more fun and easy drawing tutorials like this one, in my “Christmas Drawing” ebook in my PDF Shop.

All have simple step by step tutorials to help beginner artists see where to start and how to finish each drawing. Use it for Christmas classroom projects or special homemade cards for gifts or holiday framing. Just click on the book or title to learn more.


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PREP: Print or draw guidelines on paper.
1. Students draw the nutcracker according to the tutorial. If you are using this for kinders, then I recommend giving them all a rectangle to trace for Step 1.

2. Trace the drawing with a black permanent marker. This is important if you are going to paint, water-based markers will bleed.

3. Color the face and hands with a crayon.

4. Paint the nutcracker with watercolors if you like the look of my sample, or try crayons or pastels or whatever can give you nice bright colors.


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