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A Simple Dollar Store DIY: Metallic Modern Nutcrackers

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Update dollar store figures with metallic paint and wool pompoms to create unique and modern nutcrackers for your eclectic holiday decor! ‎

Hey there!  Welcome to Day 3 of A Very Global ChristmasCasa Watkins Living and are so excited for this fun series.  We have 12 days of holiday goodness sharing globally inspired Christmas decorating ideas and DIYs.   Today I’m going to show you how to create beautiful modern nutcrackers from dollar tree figures.

Metallic Modern Nutcrackers

These cheap nutcrackers are so easy to find.  If you’ve been around for a few years, you may remember that I gave them a quick update with blue, green, and white paint inspired by West Elm’s modern nutcrackers.  Well this year I decided to make them more versatile with a metallic makeover and fun embellishment.

Global Modern DIY Nutcrackers

Here’s what you need for DIY modern nutcrackers:

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How to make the modern nutcrackers:

This is a very simple DIY.  Perfect to do with your family.

  • Pull off the hair and beards.  (Ouch!) DIY Dollar store nutcrackers update with metallic paint and wool balls
  • Spray paint one gold, one white, and one copper.   You will probably need 1-2 coats on each side. gold-and-copper-nutcrackers
  • After the paint dries you can use them in your decor.   If you want to add a fun embellishment, pull off the knob on the top of their heads with pliers. dollar-store-nutcrackers-modern
  • Place a dab of hot glue in the hole.metallic-nutcrackers-glue
  • And add a wool ball pompom. wool-pompoms-modern-nutcrackers

With just a few simple steps you can go from cheap to chic!


Now they fit into any holiday decor.  modern-nutcrackers-dollar-store-diy Global Modern DIY Nutcrackers

globally inspired decor for a modern and Chic Christmas

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modern-nutcrackersMake sure to head on over to Casa Watkins Living to see her gorgeous DIY mud cloth wood Christmas trees if you haven’t already!  They are so good!casa-watkins-mud-cloth-trees

And for all the holiday inspiration you could want from 30 different creative bloggers, check out the links at the bottom of our Christmas home tour.

How are you doing with your holiday decor?  Feeling inspired or overwhelmed?

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