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DIY Christmas Nutcrackers

DIY Christmas Nutcrackers

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 17th 2020

Make these Christmas decorations with recycled cans and Americana® Acrylics.

SUPPLIES

    • paper towels
    • liner brush
    • craft glue
    • black permanent marker
    • small round brush
    • tracing & transfer paper
    • pen or pencil
    • wooden beads
    • scrapbook paper
    • container
    • medium flat brush
    • tassels
    • baker's twine
    • antique clothespins

    INSTRUCTIONS

    NOTES:

    The detailed instructions are given here for the teal nutcracker. To create the red nutcracker, follow the same instructions, swapping the colors featured in instruction #2.

    1. Gather the materials (for the teal nutcracker).
    2. Instruction #1
    3. For the red nutcracker, gather Americana Acrylics: Santa Red, Bubblegum Pink, Snow White, Jadeite Green, and Lamp Black as well as Silver Moon Galaxy Glitter.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Wipe the container clean, both inside and out. Use a medium flat brush to paint the outside of the container with Snow White. Let dry. Transfer the provided pattern of your choice, using transfer paper and a pen or pencil.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Use a medium flat brush to paint the crown and pants Bahama Blue and the jacket Peacock Teal. Use a medium flat brush to paint the face in Warm Beige. Let dry.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Use a small round brush to paint the eyes in Snow White and Peacock Teal. Paint the eyebrows mustache in Espresso. Paint the cheeks and mouth in a mix of water and Bright Orange (to create a transparent effect). Let dry. Use a small round brush to paint the teeth and accent the eyes in Snow White.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Use a small flat brush to paint the hair and beard in Espresso. Use a small flat brush to paint the crown and jacket accents in Antique Gold. Let dry. Once dry, use a small flat brush to apply Gold Shooting Star over the Antique Gold. Use a small flat brush to paint the belt Bright Orange.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. For the arms, use a small flat brush to paint two antique clothespins in Peacock Teal. Use a small flat brush to paint the bottom part of the clothespins (the "hands") in Warm Beige. Use a small flat brush to paint two wooden beads in Antique Gold. Let dry and use a small flat brush to apply Gold Shooting Star. OPTIONAL: Attach the tiny tassels using craft glue.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Use craft glue to adhere the arms. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Cut scrapbook paper to fit on the top inside part of the plastic lid. Use craft glue to adhere it to the lid. (Hint: If you sand the top part of the lid slightly, the paper will adhere better.) Cut out four triangle shapes from the same scrapbook paper (About 3/4"; the size, however, depends on the size of the container.)
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Use a black permanent marker to write "2020" on the triangles. Use craft glue to adhere the triangles to baker's twine. Let dry.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Use a medium flat brush to paint the boots in Lamp Black. Let dry. Use a liner brush to paint the accents in Antique Gold and a grey mix of (3) parts Snow White and (1) part Lamp Black.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. Use glue to adhere the 2020 banner to the nutcracker's hands.
    24. Instruction #12

    DOWNLOADS

    Nutcracker 1
    Nutcracker 2