Quick and Easy Painted Holiday Nutcrackers

DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats

I saw this post from Delineate Your Dwelling and was so inspired by these cute little nutcrackers! I love that they are all painted white with different colored hats. I decided to make my own set and created these cute DIY painted nutcrackers with glitter hats! This is a really quick, easy, and inexpensive project requiring minimal supplies which are probably already in the craft stash.

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Supplies:

  • Set of small wooden nutcrackers
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Spray paint, white
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter

Painting on bare wood raises the grain of the wood. Since these little guys would be a bear to sand, before painting spray the nutcrackers with a couple coats of a clear sealer. I used Polycrilic but any clear sealer (even clear spray paint) would do the trick!

Once the sealer dries, spray the nutcrackers with the white spray paint. I used a white spray paint in a satin finish. Apply at least two light coats because a heavy coat would cause the paint to drip.

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Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the hat of one of the nutcrackers and coat it with glitter. Let it dry thoroughly, usually overnight, then knock the excess glitter of onto a paper towel. Repeat with the Mod Podge and more glitter, if desired.

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Apply a final coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter.

The bases of the nutcrackers can be painted, if you’d like, but I chose to leave mine plain. If you’re handy with lumber and a saw, blocks of wood at different heights can be cut and glued to the bases of the nutcrackers to make a really cute display!

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This is such an easy project that several sets of the DIY painted nutcrackers with glitter hats can be made in a weekend and would make fabulous gifts! What do you think about the nutcrackers? How would you put your own spin on them?

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