Classic Nutcracker Wreath DIY

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Today is all about DIY wreaths on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! I have a little twist on a classic nutcracker wreath by using a gorgeous gold frame and canvas painting.

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It’s Day 1 and we are sharing DIY Wreath Ideas!

Classic Nutcracker Wreath – DIY

step by step DIY Classic nutcracker wreathSupplies:

  • Picture Frame with open back
  • Wooden Nutcracker
  • Assorted Greenery and berries
  • Antler picks
  • Ribbon
  • Tassel
  • Snowflake ornament
  • Scissors
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Grey stain
  • Champagne leafing paint

*All these items were purchased at the local craft store

Step 1 Paint Nutcracker

Lightly stain the bare wood nutcracker in a grey stain. Once dry, lightly brush the champagne leafing to gild and give your little nutcracker a bit of glam, why not?

give a patina finish to your nutcracker for the classic nutcracker wreath

Step 2 Layout Greenery on Frame

Decide on the look. I didn’t want to cover the entire frame- I loved the gold fancy detail and tried to play it up a bit by dry brushing the champagne gold on the antlers and berries.

HINT: If your berries are too bright and you are looking for something more subdued – wash the berries with a little loose grey paint (paint with water= slight soupy consistency). Dab off excess and then brush with a little leafing in your favorite metal color.

begin laying out materials on frame for your classic nutcracker wreath

Once you are happy with the placement- hot glue like it was the 1980’s and Aquanet was less than a $1 a can. Make sure you layer your greenery so the goopy glue isn’t seen – it ranks up there with the hairspray flakes when we went too far… you know what I mean.

Step 3 Paint the Canvas

Choose several “night sky” colors – everything from medium royal blue to a deep ink blue. You will want to create a night sky feel. That point where the sky is just darkening enough – right before the stars come out to play and you can still see the clouds.

To make the clouds- I literally just dabbed white paint randomly and built the clouds up using light grey, light tan, creamy white, bright white until I liked the look.

To create the wording I created a word document. Printed it out and used a pencil to shade the back. With painter’s tape, I attached the paper to my canvas (shade side down) and traced the letters.

To create the golden glow, I used liquid gold leaf paint and a really tiny brush. Your gonna need a lot of patience and less caffeine for this one. A steady hand is key.

Paint a quote for your classic nutcracker wreath

Step 4 Attach the Nutcracker

Very carefully drill two small holes through the frame where the neck of the Nutcracker will be once placed on the frame. Paint a piece of craft wire the same champagne gold. Place the nutcracker in position and gently run the wire up through one hole and back through the other, securing the neck of the Nutcracker. Twist wire and then staple wire to secure.

Step 5 Attach the Canvas to the Frame

I used canvas clips to easily attach the canvas. You can usually find them in the art supply area of your local craft store.

Step 6 Admire your beautiful wreath or Give it away!

Hang up your gorgeous wreath in the perfect spot or give it away. I was thrilled to be asked to donate a wreath to help raise funds for our CASA (Child Advocates) Christmas Home Tour a couple of years ago and this wreath was one of the lucky ones!

Classic nutcracker wreath finished

The possibilities are endless and you can recreate this look in primary colors, traditional colors – you do you, I always say. Ready for more wreath goodness? Me too!

Click the links below to get inspired, I recommend putting on a Christmas record or two. Yes, I said record. 😉

Bing Crosby is playing now… “Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say..”

Keep creating home, my friends,

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