It’s the end of July which can only mean one thing … stick with me here … it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! I know what you’re thinking, “but it’s 100 degrees outside and school hasn’t started yet and when I go outside I feel like I’m going to melt!” I’m totally with you. I’m from Texas. I get it. But, that doesn’t change the fact that if you’re looking for inexpensive holiday decor and treats you need to start looking now.
When you start making the list of people you need to have treats for (co-workers, neighbors, friend-ish people) the numbers start to add up pretty quickly. 20 co-workers plus 10 neighbors plus 6 friends-ish people that you need to give something to but that you don’t want to spend a ton of money on … that’s 36 gifts. If you give each of them a $5.00 Starbucks gift card you’re looking at spending $180.00 … on a gesture!
A few years ago my Mom and I put our craftsy heads together to come up with an adorable gesture that looked much nicer than the $1.50 that we spent on them. They were glittered Christmas trees and they were a huge hit!
A few weeks ago we found the thing that has skyrocketed over the glittered Christmas trees into first place in the oh-my-gosh-so-cute-it-cost-how-much race! Allow me to introduce: glittered miniature nutcrackers!
They are so cute (even cuter in person) and ring in at just $1.00 each!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- unpainted miniature wooden nutcrackers from Hobby Lobby – they come in a pack of 6 (don’t forget your coupon)
- extra fine glitter (I used gold but any color will look great)
- spray paint to match the glitter (you'll understand why in a minute)
- spray adhesive (or modge podge - if you use modge podge don't forget a foam brush)
- rubber gloves … you don’t want to ruin your manicure
- newspaper (or a magazine or anything you don’t mind throwing away later)
How to take your nutcrackers from drab to fab:
- Step 1: Put on your rubber gloves. Many a manicure have been ruined by the spray paint/spray adhesive combination we’re about to use.
- Step 2: Head outside (or to a well ventilated space) and spray paint your nutcrackers! I know this probably seems like an unnecessary step, and maybe it is, but when you give your nutcrackers a base coat you don’t have to worry about a little glitter flaking off and exposing the unfinished wood later on! Don’t forget to spray the bottom!
- Step 3: After you’re nutcrackers are dry (if you live in Texas it will probably only take 5 minutes outside) it’s time to add the glitter! This is another outside/well-ventilated area step since you’re using spray adhesive. If you’re using Modge Podge, feel free to glitter from the comfort of your air conditioned living room. Give your nutcrackers a generous coat of either spray adhesive or Modge Podge and quickly add glitter. I like to work in small sections (head, body, legs) but you can do whatever makes the most sense to you.
- Step 4: Stand your nutcrackers up on a piece of newspaper and let them dry.
- Step 5: After your glitter nutcracker army is dry, decide how you’d like to gift them. I like gifting in a clear cellophane bag with a cute ribbon but a small box would be equally adorable.
- Step 6: You’re ready to gift!
I know it doesn’t feel like Christmas and you don’t really want to go outside but trust me, now is the time to start! Not only do you need to get your supplies before they’re sold out but, when December gets here and everyone is in a panic because there’s just not enough time, you’ll be sipping hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies on TV ... you checked a ton of people off of your list in July!