Homemade Mini Nutcracker Planters


I love when the holidays roll around and the creative juices begin to flow. So many cute ideas and fun crafts to play around with and I always find the holiday-themed ones super cute. These Homemade Mini Nutcracker Planters are seriously the cutest, and oh so easy to make!

The other day Hanna and Justin helped me go around and start setting out our Christmas decorations. The kids almost have as much fun with it as I do, but I am a die-hard Christmas fan. And, while I dislike the art of Christmas shopping, I love the decorations, the crafts, the lights and everything else about the holidays so you know I’m all into these Homemade Mini Nutcracker Planters.

You can use any plants you want too, and even flowers. They’d look so cute with a poinsettia or something similar in them too. Even a little mini fur tree, or one of those grinch trees I’m seeing pop up all over the place – how cute would that be?

Being that a lot of us have these materials on hand too, its an easy craft that shouldn’t cost a lot of money out of pocket either!

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic bottle
  • X-acto knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black sharpie or marker pen
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  1. Collect a bottle with a plain outer surface. It’s better not to use the plastic bottles with curved pattern. Decide a length for the nutcracker planter and mark the height on the bottle. Use an x-acto knife to cut off the top end for the bottle by keeping the determined height on the bottom side of the bottle.
  2. Use white acrylic paint for the base coat. Apply a layer of white acrylic paint on the outer surface of the cutout bottle. Allow the paint coat to dry entirely. Use a pencil to trace the nutcracker pattern on the white-coated bottle.
  3. Prepare acrylic paint shades to pain the nutcracker planter. Start with the lighter shades and paint one shade at a time. I’m painting the face part at first.
  4. I used black acrylic paint for the head (hat) and bottom part of the nutcracker bottle planter pattern. I used red acrylic paint for the uniform. I used black paint for the eyebrows and mustache as well.
  5. You can add as much details as you want while painting.
  6. You can use a black sharpie to add small details such as an outer line of the eyes, nose, and buttons. But if you are handy with painting you can use a size 1 paint brush and black acrylic paint to trace the smaller patterns.

These adorable planters would even make a great Christmas gift idea. For teachers too, how cute would that be? Especially if your kiddos help out – I know it’s something I’d really appreciate if my kids made me, that’s for sure!

looking for more fun holiday craft ideas? check these out:

DIY Personalized Gift: Reindeer Gift Card Clip + Printable Card

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