Pretty cool, right? Very modern chic!
And since Allison mentioned the nutcrackers were from a dollar store, the next time John and I were out we swung by our local Dollar Tree, and...score!
After priming them all I painted one each in gold, copper, silver, and gloss white:
Now THAT is more like it.
Rather than covering the entire figure, I left the arm and leg bands glitter-free, as well as the base. Then I went back and added copper foil around those areas for extra shine:
Now for the gold and silver guys:
These nutcrackers are made from terrible quality wood (hey, what do you expect for a buck, right?), so even with a several coats and a little sanding they're a bit rough and grainy in places. Still, from a slight distance, not too shabby!
I wanted these two to have something a bit more, though, so next I added some tiny nail gems and metal accents:
The gold is my favorite - he almost looks like a little brass automaton! - but I think these two make a nice set together.
And as for my final nutcracker, well...
I planned to add multi-colored gems all over him, like I've started to here, but as you can see the wood on this one is a lot worse than the others, and the high-gloss white magnifies every crack and bump. I'm thinking I might dunk him in glitter, too. Unless you guys have any other ideas?
Hope you liked my quick 'cracker re-do! I have a few more ideas I'd like to try, too, so I'm thinking another trip to the Dollar Tree might be in order. :)
Oh, and here's my attempt at recreating Allison's awesome pin:
And if you're on Pinterest, you can find my own boards here!