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DIY Christmas Nutcrackers

Americana® Acrylics

DIY Christmas Nutcrackers
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DIY Christmas Nutcrackers

designed by PLA Schneider

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

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Learn more about Americana® Acrylics.

SUPPLIES

Americana® Acrylics

  • Antique Gold (DAO9)
  • Bahama Blue (DA255)
  • Bright Orange (DA228)
  • Bubblegum Pink (DA250) — optional
  • Espresso (DA271)
  • Jadeite Glass (DA388)
  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Peacock Teal (DA326)
  • Santa Red (DA170) — optional
  • Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)
  • Warm Beige (DAO78)

Galaxy Glitter™

  • Gold Shooting Star (DGG01)
  • Silver Moon (DGG02) — optional

Other supplies

  • paper towels (or clean cloth)
  • liner brush
  • craft glue
  • black permanent marker
  • small round brush
  • tracing & transfer paper
  • pen or pencil
  • wooden beads (2 per nutcracker)
  • scrapbook paper
  • container (from potato chips; 1 per nutcracker)
  • medium flat brush
  • tassels (2, mini: optional)
  • baker's twine
  • antique clothespins (Michaels)

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: 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).
    Step 0 Example
  2. 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.
    Step 1 Example
  3. 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.
    Step 2 Example
  4. 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.
    Step 3 Example
  5. 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.
    Step 4 Example
  6. 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.
    Step 5 Example
  7. 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.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use craft glue to adhere the arms. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 7 Example
  9. 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.)
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use a black permanent marker to write "2020" on the triangles. Use craft glue to adhere the triangles to baker's twine. Let dry.
    Step 9 Example
  11. 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.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Use glue to adhere the 2020 banner to the nutcracker's hands.
    Step 11 Example