$2 Modern Nutcracker

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I found modern lacquer Nutcrackers on West Elm, Pottery Barn, etc for a minimum of $40! I grabbed a couple dollar store Nutcrackers and did the same thing for only $2!

Here's a picture of the version that is sold at West Elm, Pottery Barn, and more for $40!

Here’s a picture of the version that is sold at West Elm, Pottery Barn, and more for $40!

I grabbed 2 wooden Nutcrackers at the dollar store.

I grabbed a few wooden Nutcrackers at the dollar store.

I pulled off all of their hair and beards. It was easy and the glue came right off with them.

I pulled off all of their hair and beards. It was easy and the glue came right off with them.

I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint that I had on hand in the colors black and white. I painted each of the Nutcrackers with 2 coats of paint and let them dry between each coat. After the last coat, I let them dry completely.

I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint that I had on hand in the colors black and white. I painted each of the Nutcrackers with 2 coats of paint and let them dry between each coat. After the last coat, I let them dry completely. 

I love how they turned out and 2 Nutcrackers for $2 instead of $40 for 1 - that's more my style and budget!

 I love how they turned out and 2 Nutcrackers for $2 instead of $40 for 1 – that’s more my style and budget! I also made several more as gifts.

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28 Comments

  1. I’ve been looking at those nutcrackers. I’m headed to Dollar Tree today. I think I need to pick up a couple of them. So cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Linda and let me know if yours are plastic this year… I was so bummed they changed all the ones at our store to plastic instead of wood.

  2. Love these nutcrackers. I collect nutcrackers. I’ve even got a nutcracker wine table.
    My name is Crystal and I come to you through Esme’s Senior Salon.

    1. Thank you so much Crystal and thank you for stopping by.

  3. I saw another blog with these wooden nutcrackers. Like you, she pulled off their beards, etc and painted them. But hers were in pastel colors. I like how you and she made them your own. Very cool!

    Michelle

    1. Thank you Michelle, and I would love to see hers too. I think it would be fun to paint them in metallic colors too.

  4. Your nutcrackers turned out so well. That is my kind of bargain. Thank you for hosting the party. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much Amy, I appreciate it and I’m so excited to see what you’ve been making. Thanks for joining.

  5. Wow! That is an amazing and beautiful transformation. These would make great Teacher’s gifts!

    Thank you for linking up with us at Creative Muster! Pinned this ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blessings to you xoxoxo Sharon from Adoring Creations.

    1. Thank you Sharon and love that idea of making them as teacher gifts ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. $40… are you kidding me? I’m so glad you showed us how we can make these modern nutcrackers for a fraction of the price, Chas!

    1. Thank you Julie and I know – ridiculous right? Definitely can save money on this project.

    1. Thank you so much Pamela and I’m thrilled you want to try it.

  7. You can’t tell the difference and your price point is SO much better! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, Chas.

  8. Brilliant, what a great saving! Just goes to show what you can do with a little imagination!

  9. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next weekโ€™s party too!

  10. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next weekโ€™s party too! Happy Holiday!

    1. Thanks Marilyn and I’ll see you at the next party

  11. I always try to find a nutcracker for my daughter every Christmas. This would be 1) reasonable, 2) very different. Being retired now, I love stretching my budget and coming up with a nice homemade gift. thanx!

    1. Thank you so much Kathy, I’m thrilled you like the project and that it fits your needs. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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