47 In Christmas

Painted Chestnuts



Painted Chestnuts“Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire…Jack Frost Nipping At Your Nose…” 

A beautiful Christmas song… Oh… I feel that I need to go to New York during Christmas time. I get that feeling every year. And when I hear those Christmas songs, this one being one of them, I just feel like I need to go. Don’t know why! I just imagine it being like the BEST thing ever. Christmas & New York. New York & Christmas. Just goes together. My husband thinks Christmas & Dominican Republic go together. No comment. Actually this year it’ll be Christmas & Germany for us! Cool too! 

Any way back to my painted chestnuts. 

I did my grocery’s this morning and on the way there I saw a man standing on the side of the street with his little cart, roasting chestnuts. Where I live, that’s the sign that it’s definitely Fall going on Christmas! It’s pretty common here to sell roasted chestnuts on many street corners, but we don’t really like to eat roasted chestnuts. So I brought back a bag of chestnuts, not roasted though. Yeah, I know. My husband said the same when he saw them. Chestnuts? But..what for? Wait. Ok…

And that’s when I painted chestnuts. With glitter & paint. 

I used:

~ chestnuts 

~ white paint

~ a toothpick for painting

~ glue 

~ glitter

~ metallic silver paint

~ paintbrush


  1. I started with the glittery ones. I dipped them in glue and then in glitter. Super easy. Let dry. 
  2. While those were drying, with a small paintbrush, I brushed the tip of others with silver metallic paint. Let dry.
  3. While those were also drying I painted the rest with a toothpick and white paint. I used very little paint and drew snowflakes. 
  4. When all was dry, I arranged them in jars, with a white ribbon around it. Voila! 

Chestnuts before             Chestnuts paint  Chestnuts glue & glitter          Chestnuts paint w. toothpick

Chestnuts done plate 2

Chestnuts jar

I’m not sure if to put the painted chestnuts on the plate or inside the jars… or I might get more and have them on the plate and inside the jars… 

What do you think???



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  • Catherine Holt
    18/11/2015 at 07:34

    They look gorgeous and would certainly make an awesome Christmas gift! When I lived in the UK we would often smell roasted chestnuts on the street corner, but it just doesn’t happen here in Oz 🙁

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

    • Katrin
      18/11/2015 at 08:51

      Hi Catherine! They would make a great gift too, you’re right! I love the smell of them on the streets…

  • Meredith @ The Palette Muse
    18/11/2015 at 04:28

    These are so pretty and truly creative! We don’t have chestnuts, but we do have pecans, I bet they would be pretty too. Paint and glitter make everything better!

    • Katrin
      18/11/2015 at 08:50

      Hi Meredith, yes, i bet pecans would look lovely! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Lisa B.
    18/11/2015 at 03:43

    This is such a cute idea! I never would have thought to paint the chestnuts. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party!

    • Katrin
      18/11/2015 at 08:46

      Thank you Lisa! I’m happy you like them 🙂

  • Crystal
    17/11/2015 at 16:43

    All of your projects are so stinkin’ cute! I love these. They are so simple, yet adorable. I would have never thought to paint chestnuts!

    • Katrin
      18/11/2015 at 09:18

      Thank you so much Crystal! I’m so happy you like them!!! 🙂

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    17/11/2015 at 08:15

    That’s a cute idea, Katrin. Your chestnuts are adorable!
    Have fun in Germany! Bitte iss dort für mich eine Bockwurst, eine Portion Matjesfilets (oder ein Fischbrötchen) und ein paar Lebkuchen 🙂 .

    • Katrin
      17/11/2015 at 10:28

      Danke Julia! Oh ja! Kein Problem, werde ich gerne alles essen!!! 😉 Ich war seit ca. 6 Jahren nicht mehr in D. und freu mich richtig!
      Danke fuer’s vorbeikommen!!!

  • Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom
    16/11/2015 at 15:22

    What fun, creative winter decor….frugal too! 🙂

    • Katrin
      16/11/2015 at 15:33

      Yeah, for sure! Thanks for stopping by Lydia!!!

  • Diana
    16/11/2015 at 05:20

    What unexpected bowl (or jar) filler, Katrin! Such a truly inspired craft. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing your idea at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      16/11/2015 at 09:58

      Thanks so much Diana! I don’t like eating them, but they are pretty to look at… 🙂

  • Laurie
    16/11/2015 at 04:36

    What a fun and unique project! I really love how they turned out. Thank you so much for sharing (and for the snow) on Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a great week! Pinning too 🙂

    • Katrin
      16/11/2015 at 09:56

      Thank you Laurie, I’m happy you like them ( & the snow 🙂 )

  • Life Loving
    15/11/2015 at 22:29

    Okay Katrin. Is the snow new or am I really unobservant?

    Love the painted chestnuts. I think a jar of these could look just perfect on my board-game unit.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      16/11/2015 at 09:52

      hahaha..yes it is new… i need some winter here… Thanks Sally 🙂

  • Abi @ Joy In My Kitchen
    14/11/2015 at 13:38

    Beautiful! I love unique ideas like this, especially incorporating the natural supplies. #LFEO

    • Katrin
      14/11/2015 at 21:19

      Thank you so much Abi!!! 🙂

  • Keri
    13/11/2015 at 18:00

    This is a great idea! I think they would look pretty in one of those two-layered candle holders. I can’t remember what they’re called, but you can put something between the layers of the glass for decoration.

    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 21:20

      Thanks Keri, that sounds like a good idea to decorate them! 🙂

  • Lyn@MidMichiganMom
    13/11/2015 at 17:09

    I’m loving the snow on the site! Outside…maybe not so much =) But seriously, beautiful work. You must have a crazy steady hand to paint with. a. toothpick!!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us on Welcome Home Wednesday!

    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 21:19

      I’m happy you like them Lyn! Oh I love the snow so much, and here where I live, it doesn’t snow so yeah…I at least enjoy it like this! Oh my hands aren’t that steady…but it wasn’t hard to paint with the toothpick. I like it because it’s so tiny and you can really go into detail…

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    13/11/2015 at 04:37

    Ok, okay! The snow and the chestnuts got me. I’m now a bit in the Christmas season! LOL I love holiday decor, I’m not ready for snow for real though!! It’s really fun how creative you are and that the girls get to take part in the fun. They’ll carry this on to their families!!! What a great gift.

    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 10:40

      Thanks so much friend!!! Isn’t the snow great, I’m just going on my site to stare at it…since I don’t get it for real here.. 😉

  • Tania
    13/11/2015 at 04:27

    These are so cute! What a great idea!


    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 10:39

      Thanks so much Tania!!!

  • Ciara @ Favored Mom
    13/11/2015 at 03:25

    Hi Katrin! I just found you on The Alder Collective… 🙂 And, I gotta say I am in love with the Snowflakes! (I live in Florida, so we don’t see many of those. Haha) This project looks like so much fun! I will be pinning it for sure.. ; )

    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 10:38

      Awww thanks so much Ciara! I’m happy you found me 😉 Here in the South of Spain I don’t see any either, so I thought that I at least have them on my blog 🙂

  • Ntina
    12/11/2015 at 23:28

    What a great idea! Pinning this! We don’t eat chestnuts too so I would do this gladly! Yours look so beautiful! I love that is snowing in your blog 🙂

    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 10:37

      Thanks so much Ntina!!! 🙂

  • Andrea Nine
    12/11/2015 at 17:25

    These painted chestnuts are just lovely! So festive!!

    • Katrin
      12/11/2015 at 22:22

      Thanks Andrea, thanks for stopping by!!! 🙂

  • Keri
    12/11/2015 at 03:50

    The chestnuts look beautiful painted!! Another wonderful idea!! I think I like them on a platter that way you can see the painted chestnuts better, but they look nice in the jar too! Like you said though you could just get more and do both. 🙂

    • Katrin
      12/11/2015 at 10:04

      Thanks 😉 I think I like the platter version better as well!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    11/11/2015 at 21:47

    Katrin, and here I tho ught you were going to eat them. They are actuall y too pretty to be eaten. You come up with such creative ideas! And that t hing you said about New York, yep, I get that way too, every year. But at least you’ll be going to Germany where the weather is cooler than Spain.

    • Katrin
      12/11/2015 at 10:01

      Hahaha, no Mary…I really don’t like them. But they still work for me as deco! Yes, I’m looking forward to Germany, I haven’t been in like 6 years. And you’ve lived in NYC,right? that’s a dream!

  • Pili
    11/11/2015 at 16:45

    I love your painted chestnuts!! If they were in my house the paint wouldn’t last too long though, we love them!! Well, maybe with this heat a bit more, no way we’re going to use the oven.

    • Katrin
      11/11/2015 at 20:43

      Thanks Pili! Yes, it’s still quite warm here too. I’m looking forward to the cooler temps!

  • Lynn Spencer
    11/11/2015 at 15:19

    What a great idea! I have a tree in my backyard and can now use them creatively! And BTW…the snowflakes are the bomb! How did you do that? LOVE IT!!!!! And got halfway through WD last night and my feed died, going to finish it today. Fingers crossed about Glen!
    Have a great day, Lynn

    • Katrin
      11/11/2015 at 16:20

      Thank you Lynn!! I’m really in Holiday Mode. Ha! Oh…WD don’t even get me started! I can’t take it!

  • ilka@ilkasblog
    11/11/2015 at 12:48

    I never thought of painting maroons. So pretty:)

    • Katrin
      11/11/2015 at 13:08

      Thank you Ilka 🙂