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Christmas ornament 2011

Christmas is here, and it came almost without warning (ha). Since this is a DIY blog (at least in part), it’s time to make at least one ornament in keeping with the holidays. In this case it will be a centerpiece that will serve as a Christmas decoration. The thing is that I’m still a novice in this blogging stuff and without realizing it, time is running out between thinking about what to do, getting the materials, recording the parts of the video and editing it (the worst thing is the hours it takes me to upload it to youtube).

I already have everything recorded, but I want to put carol music on it (it feels), so I’m fighting with the youtube video editor, which is the only place I can find it royalty free. I hope to be able to post it here tonight already finished (I think I’m still within the deadline in case someone likes it and is encouraged to do it). At the moment you have it on my youtube channel without music.

Homemade centerpiece.

To make this Christmas centerpiece I used pine cones, oak cocas (I don’t know if that’s the real name), two octopus plates (typical wooden plates in Galicia to eat octopus á feira), a piece of turned wood from an old lamp, and gold, silver, Galicia green and carriage red paint.

The white paint is a sealing primer. The wood is sanded, the sealing primer is applied, sanded again and can be painted. If the primer is not applied, the colors do not look good.

To hold the cokes while I paint them I use a small pliers that I cover with a vinyl glove and masking tape so as not to stain it with the paint.

Pumpkin decorated with ribbon

Tenía una idea para hacer con calabazas, pero quedará para otra ocasión.

Did I say carol music? Who said carol music? The YouTube editor has Christmas-themed music, but I don’t think any Christmas carols (thank goodness).

The green leaves seen in the finished center are from an ornamental holly we have in the garden. The candle is inside a glass on top of colored sand.

Silver and gold painted pineapples

And this is what the pineapples look like after a month and a bit inside the house. Little by little they are opening, although a couple of them are resisting change. I have heard that if they are put in the oven (better before painting, lest the smell of the paint in the oven) at low temperature they open well, but surely leaving them near a radiator will be enough to get them that way in a short time.

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