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Painted Nutcrackers

By: PMQ for two
December 13, 2017

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December is here, so we can all shamelessly talk about Christmas decor without getting side-eyed by everyone around us. I don't know about you, but I like to use as many colours as I can when decorating, and style wise it's a bit of a hodgepodge with retro and traditional elements coming to a head on my Christmas tree. For this month's theme we were asked to create warm & cozy decor that spoke to us, so I opted to paint some nutcrackers because I think they contribute to the warmth and coziness of a space.

I thought about painting them like the other ones in my collection (with more detail: faces, buttongs etc), but I decided to do them all one colour so that they'd have a bigger impact. The colors have got a beautiful glow to them, so I wanted to get the most out of it.


Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - French Mauve
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Turf Green
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Soft Jade
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Soft Heather
  • Wood Nutcrackers
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Small Christmas Accessories


Gather your supplies.

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Paint each nutcracker head to toe, and all the nooks and crannies, in your colour of choice.

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I needed two coats to get nice even coverage, but that's probably because the wood beneath was untreated, so the first coat soaked right in.

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Once the base colour is dry, using a lighter hue of the same colour, you'll paint details. I painted light flares in the places where a light would shine and make the colour appear white. I made small strokes using a fine tip brush.

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Once everything is dry, you can add some fun seasonal touches.

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I added pom poms, bows, and a bristle wreath fro the miniatures section at your local craft store.

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And there you have it! Colourful and festive nutcrackers. I’ve placed mine in the bathroom, but only because I think they complement the colours in there perfectly.

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