Kelly Elgie hopes the person who stole two life-size nutcrackers from the front porch of her farmhouse just east of London, Ont., is feeling like a "bit of a jerk right now."

The stately figures painted in bright green and red uniforms flanked the front door of the country home on Cobble Hill Road until sometime between Sunday night and the early hours Monday.

Elgie's husband came downstairs in the morning and discovered someone had taken the nutcrackers that he spent more than a year constructing from household lightweight tubing materials.

"We were devastated, we were stunned," Elgie told CBC News. "Who would do something like that?"

She speculates that more than one person made off with the nutcrackers, which, though not heavy, were bulky and not easily handled. She asked her husband Bill to build them 1.8 metres tall, just barely taller than her own 5-foot-4 frame.

Elgie wanted them taller than she is.

Elgie's pleading with the thief, or thieves, to return the nutcrackers without any questions asked. After news of the nutcrackers lit up social media, Elgie hopes the person responsible is feeling guilty and will do the right thing.

"Someone's feeling, I'm thinking, like a bit of a jerk right now and maybe they don't know how to give them back," she said. 

Elgie asks to have the nutcrackers returned by placing them at the end of their driveway. Wait until nightfall and put them back the same way they were taken, she suggested.