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Free Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism


One of my favorite activities as the Christmas Holiday approaches is watching The Nutcracker. I absolutely love going to the theatre to see the ballet. I’m always on the edge of my seat with the music, dancing and emotions swirling in the air. But truth be told, every year I don’t get to do that. And for the years when I don’t go, I always watch it on the television. But I just love the story! I love how the Nutcracker Prince leads the toy soldiers into battle against the Mouse King, his battle between the Mouse King and himself and how he takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Sweets.

This Free Nutcracker Candy Dome will help you capture the essence of the story. You can use your Cricut, Silhouette or other crafting machine to create a Nutcracker for yourself, your kiddos, nieces, nephews, students and many others! Have fun using colorful cardstock, glitter or foil cardstock. So many different ways for you to bring it to life! Scroll below for your written tutorial and video assembly. Happy crafting!

**You will need to attach the dome to the cardstock with hot glue. Remember to use individually wrapped candy pieces so that no glue residue ends up on the candy.****

-Materials List

  • I am using my Cricut Explore. You could use your Cricut Maker or another similar cutting machine.
  • 12in x 12in Cricut Light Grip Cutting Mat
  • Two (2) sheets of 8.5in x 11in cardstock in tan or peach (flesh colored)
  • One (1) sheet of 8.5in x 11in cardstock in gold, black, red, white
  • A scrap or One (1) sheet of 8.5in x 11in cardstock in blue
  • Glue. I am using Art Glitter Glue.
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Clear Plastic Molding Balls like these
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks


Step 1: Download the Free Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG

Download the SVG file in my free Resource Library HERE. You can get the password for my library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.

Save the downloaded zipped folder on your computer. Pay attention to where on your computer the folder downloads and then unzip the folder to extract the contents. The folder and files must be unzipped (extracted) before you can upload the SVG file into your cutting software.

Step 2: Upload the Free Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG File into Design Space

Upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space. The SVG file will upload grouped together. It is not a necessary to resize this design. It is prepared to cut on 8.5in x 11in cardstock and to use an 80mm dome (3.15in). There is also no need to ungroup the file. Click Make it in the upper right corner to begin the cut.

Step 3: Check Mat Preview

Once you click Make It, a new window will open with your mat preview. You should see that the software has prepared 7 mats for the cut. Use the scroll bar to the left of the mat preview screen to view each mat. Take note of the order of each layer and line up your mats accordingly. Each layer is a different color and the elements are grouped together by color. Examine each mat closely by clicking on mat at the left side of your screen. If necessary, rearrange the placement of the pieces on the mat so that the pieces will cut on your 8.5in x 11in cardstock. You can rearrange the pieces by clicking on the element and moving it on the mat.

Pink/Tan Colored Mat 1 for Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism

For the pink/flesh-colored mats it will be necessary to split the elements for the opening mechanism on both mats. Click the element, select the three dots at the top of the element box, then select move object. Move the element to the second (other) pink mat. Arrange the piece so that it will cut on the 8.5in x 11in cardstock.

Pink/Tan Colored Mat 2 for Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism

After you have examined all the layers and you have them in the correct order, select the continue button at the lower right of your screen.

Step 4: Cardstock Settings and Load Mat and Cut Materials

Once you click continue, your next screen will have your material selection menu. For this project, I will cut on the Medium Cardstock 80 lb setting. Check again to make sure the order of your mats matches the order of the cuts on the left of your screen. Use your scroll bar to check the order. You should also see 7 mats for this cut.

Secure the cardstock to your mats using your brayer. Load the mat into your cutting machine. Position and line up your mat according to the mat guides. You will know your machine is ready to cut when you see the flashing “c” button. Press that button to start your cut. Once the cut completes, load your second mat, press the flashing “c” button again. Repeat this step until all layers have been cut.

Step 5: Assemble the FREE Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG

Yay, you are ready to assemble the FREE Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG design. Check out this video of the assembly!

Lastly, I hope you enjoy this FREE Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG! I can’t wait to see your creation! Post a picture of your craft on this post over on my Facebook page, AllThingsWereCreated20, to show it off. See you there! And, if you have crafty friends who would enjoy this post, I would be so honored if you would share the crafty fun and link them to my website.

Have fun being creative!!


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Download this FREE Nutcracker Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG design in my FREE resource library. The password to access my FREE resource library is always at the bottom of my newsletter. Use the Design Number to find the file inside the library.

Design #86–Nutcracker Candy Dome SVG–FREE cut file, available in my resource library

Click HERE to go to my resource library, your gateway to free downloads.

Also, please note that for security and size reasons the files are downloaded as zip files. To gain access to the files, you will need to extract/unzip the downloaded folder.

Friendly Reminder: These designs are not to be distributed outside of this blog post.  You are welcome to use these designs for personal or commercial use up to 200 uses in your own home. Please visit my Terms of Use and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Are you looking for more Candy Dome Designs?

In addition to the design above, check out this Free Mouse King Candy Dome with Opening Mechanism SVG design! Click the picture.

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