Huge Nutcrackers for your porch

Happy Holidays my friends! As you've probably figured out already, I love nutcrackers, especially brightly painted ones! I found some pretty ugly huge plaster nutcrackers at Home Depot on sale for black friday and just had to pounce on them. Of course, I couldn't display them as-is; I had to paint them first. Check out this post for a step-by-step of the process. Here's the original nutcrackers I bought. I actually bought one at first, but then I ran back to Home Depot and picked up a 2nd one. They were only $19.98! Seriously. They are HEAVY and are plaster. These guys aren't … [Read more...]

mini NUTCRACKERS get a mini makeover!

You guys. I am such a sucker for nutcrackers. I don't know what it is, I just love them! I especially love really inexpensive super ugly ones because when I blast them with spray paint I have no remorse about it! This year I found all these little nutcracker ornaments at Michaels, and I thought they would be so so so cute in rainbow colors. What's cuter than a bunch of little nutcrackers? Rainbow nutcrackers. That's what.       Aren't they the CUTEST ever?! Gah, I love them! So, here's how to make some of your very own. They are easy … [Read more...]

3 ways to decorate with mini nutcrackers

Well, I'm back with one more painted Nutcracker craft. I'm a little scared to post in fear of another backlash. ha! After my big red nutcracker post received less than desirable feedback on facebook (you guys downright hated it!), I'm afraid you'll skin me alive if I post about painting another nutcracker. I'm hoping the fact that the nutcrackers today are mini, were on mega clearance, were more creepy than cute, and were stamped with 2011 will help you to not want to take my big red nutcracker and beat me over the head with it for defiling more nutcrackers. Well, shall we get on … [Read more...]

Update holiday decor with spray paint (the big red nutcracker post)

Want a simple inexpensive way to update some tired Christmas decor? Cover it with spray paint. Ever since I gave some dollar store nutcrackers a coat of spray paint two years ago I've totally been digging the clean streamlined look. After Christmas last year I found this huge nutcracker over at the thrift store for only a few bucks. I scooped him up, stuffed him in my attic, and have been eagerly anticipating his makeover for a year. He wasn't gross or ugly before. Some people really love the traditional look (as do I), but I wanted him to be more modern looking up on my … [Read more...]

Novelty Nutcrackers, Dollar Store Style

West Elm has the cutest Novelty Nutcrackers! Only problem is, they are TWENTY NINE BUCKS! And if you want the jumbo one it's $59! Ouch. I'm not cheap, I'm thrifty! I {lurve} them though. So I plotted a scheme to get me surme o' those there nutcrackers. I found these hideous things at the Dollar Tree. I don't think "hideous" is a strong enough word to describe... The hair! The hair is what kills me. I ripped that hair off quicker than you can say "holy-hell-that-looks-horrible" and gave them all a good coat of spray paint primer. Then I took … [Read more...]