Last week, I saw a super cute idea over on Alisa Burke's blog. She painted some wood blocks to look like nutcrackers! (See her post here.) I showed it to my daughter and we decided we definitely needed to make some ourselves. Of course, ours took on a personality of their own, turning more into soldiers from toyland than nutcrackers. My husband wasn't around to cut wood for us, so I just went to the craft store and bought a package of whittling blocks. (Be sure to get a lot of blocks if you are going to do this project-it's addictive!) We used Apple Barrel Craft Paint to paint the soldiers, and a gold leaf pen added a touch of sparkle. To top it all off poms poms and feathers were added to the soldier's hats.
Creating toy soldiers seems to be a new holiday tradition at our house. Remember our clothespin project last year?