Christmas Nutcrackers- Thrifty Tuesday!

I always loved the modern white nutcracker look from West Elm (now sold out), so I decided to head to the thrift store to find some nutcrackers of my own.  I came home with these 3 little pieces for a total of $5.10
(Before photos are off my iPhone and taken at night, I always do my work when my little is asleep!)
The mini guys required no prep work, but I had to remove embellishments from the large nutcracker before painting.  The hair & gems were hot glued on and it was very easy to take off- I used a fancy tool called a “butter knife” 
The next step was to spray paint the figures white and wait to dry! I created both a pink (of course) and red Christmas vignette.
I already owned the white milk vases (another thrifty find!)
The little nutcracker is my favorite- odd, since I really wanted the large one!

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We love decorating for Christmas at our home, although I have to curtail my husband and his lights, he wants lots of them!

What are your decorating plans for Christmas? Wreaths?  Lights?

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  1. Jenn says:

    I love this! I was walking through TJ Max yesterday and saw some of the white ones for $20+ and had the same thrift store thought. These look AWESOME!

  2. ellysan says:

    Nice reorganization!!!

  3. LOVE this idea! I'm totally going to "borrow" this idea! Such a great idea, Laurel!

  4. so pretty! I love white spray paint 🙂

  5. I love what you did with these. They are so elegant!

  6. I can't believe I didn't buy the Nutcrackers I saw at Goodwill yesterday! I should have gotten them to paint- I usually don't like Nutcrackers but these look so chic! Stopping by from TT&J. Pin-fest begins tomorrow- I hope you'll stop by! 🙂

  7. Jen says:

    I love this!
    My family thinks I'm crazy when I buy old Christmas decor and I love to show them stuff like this!
    Great job!

  8. I did a tree like this last year for my boys and it was one of my favorite trees ever! Nothing is cuter than painted white nutcrackers! You did a great job freshening them up!!! TOTALLY LOVE! XO, Aimee

  9. Tiffany says:

    Love this! Easy and Inexpensive-my kind of craft! 🙂

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! I think I have to do this. I'm so picky about my holiday decor. This is right up my alley!

  11. simple~needs says:

    i did this about 3-4 years ago and now i see them everywhere. 🙂 i love yours with the pink. 🙂

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