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Topic: Day Of The Dead Christmas Nutcracker (Written Tutorial)  (Read 1874 times)
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« on: December 05, 2013 03:50:59 AM »



I recently made this nutcracker for SweetYetEvil, my partner in the Christmas Stocking Swap:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427490.0#axzz2hVVDFaMj

And, I made him for LESS THAN $2 WORTH OF MATERIALS! Here's how you can do the same:

1) Purchase a wooden nutcracker at Dollar Tree, or another discount or thrift store.
2) Strip the nutcracker of all accoutrements, including beard/hair, etc.
3) Spray paint nutcracker FLAT BLACK (Walmart 97 cent brand).
4) Paint details with acrylic--whatever style you like.
5) Seal nutcracker with clear gloss spray paint (Krylon).
6) Once dry, glue on beard and hair...I used faux fur I had, but you could reglue the same hair it already had if u saved it from step #2).
7) Glue on any ribbons or additional items Smiley

Here's more shots of the one I made:











Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013 04:45:54 AM »

Omyfreaking goodness! I collect nutcrackers and love halloween and dia de los muertos...jelly
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013 05:07:28 AM »

Great makeover!
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013 06:23:51 AM »

This is so awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013 06:48:35 AM »

Adrienne you never cease to amaze me!  Love him! 
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013 07:16:56 AM »

Clever! It would never have occurred to me. Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013 07:56:00 AM »

This so cool!  I"ll have to pin this coz I know my daughter will want one when she gets her own place!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013 05:20:42 PM »

BRILLIANT!  The purple fur for hair puts it over the top for me.   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2013 07:34:17 AM »

What a fabulous idea! I'll have to make one!
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2013 09:37:33 AM »

Wow!
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2013 07:25:39 AM »

I MUST have one!  So so so wonderful!
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013 08:23:15 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2013 09:26:29 AM »

What an inspirational recon! I will never dismiss the dollar store nut crackers* again and will probably pick a few up to recon myself.

*I actually typed "crappers" the first time... a Freudian slip?  Perhaps.
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2014 06:58:52 PM »

Congrats!!

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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2014 09:00:10 AM »

Congratulations!
Such a great idea and so well done!
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