DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats

Originally posted 2014-11-03 08:00:28.

Quick and Easy Painted Holiday Nutcrackers

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.

DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats


  • Set of small wooden nutcrackers
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Spray paint, white
  • Mod Podge (<– affiliate link!)
  • 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.

DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats spray painted with white

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.

DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats apply Mod Podge to the hats

DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats apply glitter over the Mod Podge

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!

DIY Painted Nutcrackers with Glitter Hats completed set

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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