Easy Valentines Day Nutcracker

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February.  It’s easy!

I think I have mentioned before that I collect nutcrackers.  I have a pretty big collection for Christmas since they are really easy to find during the holiday season.  Over the past few years, I have been adding nutcrackers for other holidays as well.  I have found nutcrackers for every holiday except Valentine’s Day.  Well I should clarify that I have found a nutcracker for Valentine’s Day, but unfortunately it is an authentic German one and waaaaay out of my price range.  My sweet husband is pretty tolerant of my weird collections, but I think spending $200 on a nutcracker might be pushing it a bit 🙂

This past Christmas, I was lamenting my lack of a Valentine Nutcracker and my husband suggested picking up a Christmas one on clearance after the holidays that I could paint and decorate.

I got looking on Amazon and they have a great selection of unfinished nutcrackers that you could paint and decorate for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few great options…

Unfinished Chubby 7 inch NutcrackerUnfinished Chubby 7 inch NutcrackerUnfinished DIY  8 inch NutcrackerUnfinished DIY 8 inch NutcrackerDIY Unpainted Natural Wood 10 inch NutcrackerDIY Unpainted Natural Wood 10 inch Nutcracker

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentine Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

I lucked out and found this little cutie at Target.  Fortunately for me, the colors were perfect for Valentine’s Day so I wouldn’t even have to paint him.  His jacket and scepter are glittery.  I thought about leaving him as is, but then decided I needed to bling him up a bit.  So I dug into my craft supplies for anything that was heart shaped or pink and got to creating my Valentine nutcracker.

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

My craft stash didn’t fail me.  I was able to scrounge up some mini heart buttons, a mini heart garland, some resin heart cookies, sequins, some 1/2″ pink roses, and glitter cording.  Just perfect for adding some pizzazz to my Valentines Day nutcracker!

Mini Red Heart ButtonsMini Red Heart Buttons100 Mini Roses in mixed colors100 Mini Roses in mixed colorsMiniature Red Heart GarlandMiniature Red Heart Garland

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

I knew immediately that I wanted to use the mini heart buttons on his jacket.  Much more valentine-y already!

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

Then I decided he needed to show his sensitive side, so I pulled out some of the mini roses.  I started by using them as epaulettes on the shoulders of his jacket.  Then I decided they would look cute on his boots too.

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentine Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

Next, I decided his belt needed some work.  I added some of the pink cording and cut one of the red hearts from the garland to add to his middle.

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

I finished my Valentine nutcracker by adding another heart from the garland to his helmet. I replaced the ball on the scepter with a resin heart cookie.

Transform an after-Christmas clearance rack find into a cute Valentines Day Nutcracker to brighten your house this February. Learn how to make one here!

I just loved how my new Valentines Day nutcracker turned out.  He is now happily standing guard over the rest of my Valentine’s Day decorations.  So tell me… Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

13 thoughts on “Easy Valentines Day Nutcracker

  1. Lisa Hall

    What a great idea! Me and my Granddaughter both LOVE Nutcrackers and this is such a cute & fun idea to bring them around for other Holidays besides Christmas!
    Thanks for sharing this at “Made By You Monday”!

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    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks for visiting Lisa! I am glad to hear there are other nutcracker collectors out there besides me 🙂

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  2. Chloe Crabtree

    I love this! How creative! I bought a whole bunch of plain nutcrackers last year and this is a great idea, I have enough I could decorate for every holiday! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

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    1. Jen Post author

      How very cool that your daughter has a collection! Thanks for visiting Diana!

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  3. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    We don’t decorate for Valentine’s, unless you count the fabric and paint all over the house from the shop! LOL Looks pretty festive. But I love how this nutcracker turned out, so adorable. Really like all the additions, especially the resin heart! Just because I don’t decorate doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it, I do. And I bet your family does too.

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  4. Emily

    Very cute! I think I’ll be on the lookout for a cheap nutcracker to make my own, I have a few friends who collect nutcrackers, I can’t wait to share this with them. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Jen Post author

      Good luck Emily! I have seen a couple in stores around here in the Christmas clearance stuff so they are still out there 🙂

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