(diy tutorial) thrifted nutcracker makeover

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This post has been compensated by Savers Thrift Stores and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Growing up, it was a holiday tradition for my mom and I to see the Nutcracker Ballet. I adored every second of it and hope to someday do the same with my children. Browsing the holiday section at Savers, I came across a few traditional Nutcrackers and they immediately took me back to my childhood. I had to have them, but they had a little date with a can of spray paint and glitter before I displayed them. I just love how my modern Nutcrackers turned out!


thrifted nutcrackers (I found mine at Savers)
rubbing alcohol
white spray paint + primer
mod podge
sponge brush


Step 1: Head to Savers and pick up a few traditional Nutcrackers.

Step 2: Remove their hair and accessories. The hair should just peel off. Give them a quick sanding and make sure any last bits of hair are removed. Use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol to clean them off.

Step 3: Spray several coats of white spray paint + primer, allowing the paint to fully dry in between coats.

Step 4: Once dry, use a sponge brush to paint the hats with mod podge. Sprinkle glitter over the mod podge. Allow to dry and paint another layer of mod podge on top of the glitter to seal it.


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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.