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DIY Modern Nutcrackers


Make these easy modern nutcrackers for under $5. They are the perfect touch for your holiday decor and would also make a great stocking stuffer!

I’m still sick with a cold but we have made it to day 3 of Up to Date Interiors’ Christmas series. Woo hoo!! This one might be my favorite yet.  (By the way, it’s a West Elm knock off!)  So shop your dollar store, grab some paint, and let’s make these awesome modern DIY nutcrackers. SONY DSC

Day one: Updated Nativity Set 

Day two: DIY Snow Wall

Day Three: DIY Modern NutcrackersSONY DSC

Supplies for nutcrackers:

  • Dollar Tree Nutcrackers – I found three different ones at the Dollar Tree
  • Left over paint (you can use craft paint, spray paint, or house paint!)


How to transform dollar store nutcrackers into modern Christmas decor:

  • Remove the hair and beards from the nutcrackers (they’ll just peel right off!).  Wipe down with a damp cloth to make sure there isn’t any dust or dirt on them.


  • Spray paint a few light coats on each side or use a brush and paint 2-3 coats letting each side dry completely before flipping over for the other side.


Let completely dry.  Style them with other holiday decor for a cute Christmas vignette.  I have mine next to a champagne tinsel tree adorned with a vintage garland and glass ornament balls.


Aren’t they adorable?  I think they look just as great as last year’s West Elm nutcrackers! Not bad for $3. 🙂   Have you transformed any dollar store finds?  Are you decorating for the holidays?

Head over to the winter holidays, DIYs, and decor page for more articles and resources!



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