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. So that is exactly what I did.
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.
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!
I knew immediately that I wanted to use the mini heart buttons on his jacket. Much more valentine-y already!
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.
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.
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.
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?