This nutcracker Christmas bedroom is full of all the SugarPlum fairies and dancing nutcrackers of the season. See all the tips and ideas here.

Did I ever mention I danced on my toes when I was younger?


Toe shoes and lambswool and wrapping my feet up and I perched on the end of a pink satin shoe with ribbons wrapped around my ankle.


I was the worst ballerina you’ve ever seen.

My feet hurt and I couldn’t balance properly and I broke my toe and I’d fall over in second position and my pirouettes looked like a wet noodle.

And so it was that after two years of dancing, I gave up my dreams of one day becoming the sugar plum fairy.


I just decorate like one.

Here’s the cutest Nutcracker bedroom decorated for Christmas.

Nutcracker Christmas Bedroom

The whole idea for the bedroom came when I found these nutcracker pillows. Look how cute. There’s Clara and the nutcracker and the Sugar Plum fairy and the mouse king.

They come in a set of four, but I only used two of them on the bed. The pillows are under $14 for the set of four.

You can see them here.

I also added this bed in a bag/seersucker comforter set and the BEST hotel pillows. I know I talk about them all the time, but they are on sale for 40% off right now and we have them on every bed in our house.

On the other side of the room I added some bottle brush trees.

Here’s a similar set that comes with tons of “nutcracker” colors.

The tag was made my by sister several years ago with these map sticker letters.

Over the mirror, I hung this knitted “PEACE” garland from Target.

You can see it here.

I added a nutcracker tree to the room.

There was the CUTEST 20 piece-nutcracker set on Amazon for about $22.

The tree also has white pom pom garland and white crocheted snowflakes.

Next to the pillows on the bed, I added a Santa my mother made from my grandmother’s quilt.

Then I added more bottle brush trees and this advent calendar from Target.

You can see it here.

All the doors open up and I added a nutcracker standing sentinel.

I wish I could go back and tell my toe-shoe self that it was going to be okay.

Life will go on after dancing on my toes.

The Sugar Plum fairy will live on in my heart.

We go see The Nutcracker every year for Christmas and the twins and my mother already have our tickets for this season.

I can’t wait to see the Sugar fairy dance across the stage…

…just like she’s dancing on my tree. 🙂

PS I added all the sources (and a few other nutcracker suggestions below) if anyone has dreams of a dancing Christmas room, too.

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Oh, that's adorable. Love it. I am about to make your day even better .... wait for it ..... I bought THIS gift wrap at Target yesterday and I think it would match perfectly in you room!

  2. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    So when I read you danced on your toes I thought how perfect your life was until you went on with your explanation. Then I laughed and laughed. I too wanted to dance but never had the chance. So I decorate with nutcrackers too. I am doing my entry with a 4 foot nutcracker standing guard and garland on the stairs with old ballet shoes attached. There will be a table filled with my nutcrackers too. I have it in my mind but haven't done it yet. We are still remodeling our 100+ year old house so it takes a while to get the decorating done where I can. Thank you for the ideas! I will have to do a bedroom one year. You are a delight and your blog cheers me when I am emmersed in building supplies. I want to be you when I grow up! LOL

  3. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Soooo cute!! Love it all and especially the Santa made from your Grandmother's quilt♥ Was there supposed to be link to the MAP STICKER LETTERS? I want to make this!! I've googled but can't find any, so please let me know what your sister used if you can. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

  4. Image for Shawn Shawn

    Love the Santa your mom made from your grandmother’s quilt. I’ve been wanting to make some thing for my granddaughter from a “that belong to the great grandmother. This would be perfect. Is there any way your mom would share her pattern?

  5. Image for Shawn Shawn

    Love the Santa your mom made from your grandmother’s quilt. I’ve been wanting to make something for my granddaughter from a quilt that belonged to her great grandmother. This would be perfect. Is there any way your mom would share her pattern? I know this is an almost duplicate comment, but my first one had so many errors. Darn voice text. That will teach me to proofread more carefully.

  6. Image for June June

    Love this room❤️❤️❤️ I am blessed to have many ballerinas in my family. My niece now 43 started ballet at 3. She still teaches even virtually. Her oldest daughter is amazing. I sent her your post before commenting. I too love the Santa your mom made. What a wonderful talent. I can tell the genetic nut didn’t fall far from the tree. Wish I was this creative.

  7. Image for Kristi Essman Kristi Essman

    Such a cute room Karianne! Love the idea of the Santa your mother made from your grandmother's quilt. Old-World Santas are one of the Christmas-themed items I collect and that's a great idea for one. Also, love the floral quilt at the foot of the bed, and where did you get that beautiful hanging snowball/flake light? I love it! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

  8. Image for Mary Mary

    A very sweet story with a very happy ending! Never would have thought to make a Santa from an heirloom quilt - another grand idea! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and keep dancing through life!

  9. Image for Kelly Ueber Kelly Ueber

    Kari Ann this was just the inspiration I was looking for! Both of my daughters were ballerinas and having collected nutcrackers for over 30 years I know exactly what my bedroom is going to look like for the holidays!! I was not going to decorate it this year as I have every year not wanting to have the same thing up again . I immediately ordered the pillows , tree skirt and ornaments! I can not wait for them to arrive! Thank you for this adorable idea!!

  10. Image for Nancy Nancy

    This is adorable! I am taking my son's girlfriend to see The Nutcracker this year. I haven't seen it in many years and I'm so excited! I think I need to top all her gifts with nutcracker ornaments now.

  11. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    This room is just it so much and thank you for sharing sources, have just ordered the pillows. Blessings & Hugs,

  12. Image for Patti Patti

    Love the Gingerbread room. just imagine, as little girl, waking up in that bedroom. Can you give the source for the flowered quilt on the bed. So feminine, so sweet.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Of course! I made it from this set of curtains: Let me know if you have any questions! Happy day! KariAnne

  13. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous bedroom. We love the nutcracker. The pillow covers are so pretty. You will be dreaming of sugarplums. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas. Joan,Marion and Marilyn l. .

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