How to give some cheap plastic dollar store nutcrackers a completely updated and modern look that will beautifully complement any Christmas decor with matte white spray paint!
Yay! I’m so excited that the holidays are just around the corner! Although many of our US friends wait until later this month to start getting their homes ready for Christmas, here in Canada we celebrated our Thanksgiving the second Monday of October. Which means that as soon was Halloween is over I starting thinking about Christmas. Okay, we started playing the Pentatonix Christmas album in the car two weeks ago.
It was actually a bit hard to hold off this year from putting up a tree in October. Truly, the weather where we live has been SO rainy and dark; it’s the wettest Fall that I remember ever having. Wet, dark weather just makes me want to get all hygge. And what’s more hygge than Christmas lights?! Not much!
So even though November is usually one of my least favourite months due to the long dark and rainy days we are notorious for in the Pacific Northwest, I’m gonna zoom right through to Christmas decorating to keep our spirits up around here. Today I’m sharing my first little DIY project of the holiday season. It’s a super simple dollar store craft where I gave some cheap, plastic nutcrackers a whole new look with some matte white spray paint!
Today I’ve been joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their adorable Christmas DIY and Christmas craft ideas with you for the kickoff to this year’s Seasonal Simplicity Holiday Series!
I found these little guys at my local Dollar Tree the other day and immediately thought they’d be super cute with a little paint makeover…
I was going to use a chalk spray paint (like Rustoleum “chalked” spray) but couldn’t find any locally so I bought some matte white paint instead. I definitely wanted to get rid of that shiny shine shine…
I started by removing the hair and beards from the Nutcrackers, as I knew that it would not mix well with the spray paint.
It was pretty easy to pull it out of the sides of the head and then cut it off. I put it aside in case I decided to glue it back on after (which I ended up not doing, but you definitely could add it back!).
To keep them upright while spray painting I simply looped some packing tape and attached them to a box by their bases.
I sprayed a couple of coats waiting between sessions based on the spray paint instructions. I then had to move them into a new position to get other areas that I couldn’t reach.
I decided not to glue back on the hair and beards at this point, because I like the modern look of them without it.
I think they now resemble these ones from West Elm…
Fun, right?! And so much less expensive! Check your local Dollar Tree and make your own!
As I mentioned, today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Christmas DIY and Craft project ideas with you. Be sure to visit their posts by clicking on the links below the images!
Dollar Store Crafts: Christmas Nutcracker Makeover at The Happy Housie
Anthropologie Inspired Colorful Holiday Doormat at Tatertots and Jello
DIY Mini Jingle Bell Wreath at Simply, Marie Designs
DIY Moon Shaped Christmas Wreath at Life is a Party
How to Make a Christmas Wood Bead Garland at She Gave it a Go
How to Make a Beautiful DIY Christmas Cloche (Ikea Hack) at The DIY Mommy
DIY Felt Gingerbread Man Bunting at Clean & Scentsible
DIY Wood Bead Garland at Maison de Pax
DIY Orange and Cinnamon Stick Napkin Rings at A Pretty Life
DIY Sleigh Bells at Zevy Joy
I’ve also shared these great little Christmas DIY and craft ideas in the past, like these cute crafts made with vintage style Christmas Tree Lights…
Or these great free printables for the holidays!