How this mum created her own giant Nutcracker for just £10

Rebecca Greatbanks of Felixstowe with her finished Nutcracker character.

Rebecca Greatbanks of Felixstowe with her finished Nutcracker character. - Credit: Greatbanks Photography

A Suffolk photographer created a giant Nutcracker Christmas character as a lockdown project - rather than spending hundreds of pounds  buying one. 

Rebecca Greatbanks of Felixstowe is proud of her amazing creation, which is taller than she is, and is now standing in pride of place beside her Christmas tree.

Rebecca Greatbanks of Felixstowe with her finished Nutcracker character 

Rebecca Greatbanks of Felixstowe with her finished Nutcracker character - Credit: Greatbanks Photography

She said: "During the second lockdown I could not work because of Covid-19, so I decided to make a giant Nutcracker out of recycled materials in my garage to keep me busy."

The 39-year-old added: "I had seen giant Nutcrackers for sale but they were really expensive. I decided to make my own and didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I used materials I had."

 Nutcracker character covered with papier mache as a base

Rebecca Greatbanks covered her Nutcracker character with papier mache as a base before finishing it off - Credit: Greatbanks Photography

The decorative Christmas figurines, which resemble toy soldiers, are a tradition which started in Germany. They are now very popular here, and are symbols of good luck.


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Mrs Greatbanks constructed the Nutcracker figure's body out of three empty paint cans, cardboard tubes and plastic bottles, and covered it with papier mache.

The body of the Nutcracker made from recycled materials including empty paint pots

The body of the Nutcracker is constructed from recycled materials including empty paint pots - Credit: Greatbanks Photography

She said: "The only money I spent was about £10 on some sticky diamante." 

Rebecca Greatbanks' finished Nutcracker, standing next to the Christmas tree at her Felixstowe home 

Rebecca Greatbanks' amazing finished Nutcracker, standing next to the Christmas tree at her Felixstowe home - Credit: Greatbanks Photography

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The mum added: "I'm 4ft 11ins and the Nutcracker is taller than I am, so I had to stand on a stool to finish it off."

Rebecca Greatbanks with the Nutcracker beside her Christmas tree in Felixstowe

Rebecca Greatbanks with the Nutcracker beside her Christmas tree in Felixstowe - Credit: Greatbanks Photography

Husband Keith and children Erika, 15, and Luke, 12, are very impressed with her creation.

Although she wasn't able to take photos of people in her studio as normal during lockdown, Mrs Greatbanks has now been able to start work again, with a range of Covid-19 secure measures in place. 



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