Friday, November 18, 2011

Nutcracker Knockoff

I heard the first Christmas song on the radio this morning.  It reminded me that I needed to share these awesome nutcrackers with you today!

I saw these awesome Nutcrackers online at one of my favorite window shopping stores, West Elm.  But with the small one starting at $29 there's just no way I can justify that!  Not to mention, there's not the widest variety of colors to choose from.  (do you see where this is going?)

Then I came across this knockoff at House of Hepworths and I liked where Allison was going with her idea.  (she has a great tutorial too).

So, I took both ideas (and knowing that I definitely wanted some color) and ran with them.

Let me also say - if you make these yourself get some double stick foam tape (3M makes some) and double stick the bottom of the nutcrackers to the lid of a spray paint can (or something similar).  It will serve two purposes A) it will give you somewhere to hold while you paint them {everyone paints things while holding them, right?  I found it was the only way to really get them coated well} and while you glitter them, and  B) it will make it easier when sitting them down to dry so they don't topple over.  Ask me how I know this.

Left: glittered white Center: textured metal paint (black with copper flecks)  Right: glittered apple green

I used just about every color spray paint I have :)  and I added my favorite accessory:  Glitter!!

Left: plain red with glittered axe Center: plain blue with glittered drumsticks and drum Right: glittered orange

Left: glittered aqua  Center: glittered red  Right: hammered metal paint in gray
Some of them are solid glitter, some solid paint, and a couple of the tall ones I added just a touch of glitter.

Left: glittered apple green Center: glittered lilac  Right: hammered metal paint in gray

And here they are all lined up outside.  My little nutcracker terracotta army.  And no, I'm not completely nuts (you did notice I had to say not COMPLETELY nuts, right?), I only have one of these in my house (the little fat red one) the others are going to the shop today!

Are you getting in the holiday spirit yet?


  1. Love this idea. They turned out so cute! I have like 6 HIDEOUS nutcrackers I bought on impulse on clearance after Christmas one year. They will be getting glitter and spraypainted when we pull them out of storage!

  2. What a cute idea. Hope to see this linked up to MMM. Have a wonderful weekend. I love your blog.

  3. This is a very good idea. I saw them in West Elm but don't know why I didn't try it. I will now. Thanks.

  4. how cute are they. id love to feature them. let me know if this would be ok with you. great idea!

  5. Those are great! Love all the bright colors and your take on this idea. I am a new FB fan visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky from Mess For Less

  6. So cute and so fun, what a great updated idea. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Nutcracker are look awesome.It look different.This type of nutcracker look in the museums.Thanx to share with us.

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