Transform simple dollar store plastic nutcrackers with a bit of paint and creativity to make your own high-end DIY antique gold nutcrackers.
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Dollar Store Plastic Nutcrackers
Have you seen these plastic nutcrackers at Dollar Tree this holiday season? They come in 5 different styles and bright colors that are most definitely NOT my style.
So I decided to give them a bit of a facelift with paint!
In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process, step by step, to create these beautiful and unique decor pieces. And I don’t think anyone would guess they started with dollar store items.
Watch this quick video to see how this craft came together:
- 5 plastic nutcrackers, from Dollar Tree
- black spray primer
- rub-n-buff, antique gold color
- tweezers and sandpaper block, for removing the faux hair from the statues
- small paint brush
- Watch the video tutorial before you begin, and let that be your visual guide for this project.
- Remove the faux hair. Rip off the faux hair fibers. You may need to sue tweezers to pull some of the smaller fibers. Sand away any remaining fibers.
- Spray paint black. In a well-ventilated area, spray all surfaces with black spray primer. You will need to do multiple coats at different angles for complete coverage.
- Paint gold. Apply a very small amount of rub-n-buff to a paint brush. Begin in a pouncing motion, until most of the paint is gone from the brush, and then work in back-and-forth brush strokes. Apply as much gold as you like, until you achieve the desired finish.
- Display your DIY antique gold nutcrackers with your favorite Chirstmas decor.