Thursday, December 13, 2012
Most important news first: We finally got our tree last night! It wasn't nearly as romantic as cutting down our own tree or going to a tree farm as we've done in the past, and it did involve a trip to THREE suburban Christmas tree lots, but we have a tree, it is set up in our living room, and the whole house has that wonderful pine smell.
One small problem: Of our seven strands of Christmas tree lights, only two of them work. Last night's errands also involved trips to two big box retailers, neither of which have Christmas lights in stock. Ok, so they have Christmas lights in stock, but they're the garish colored lights that play music. Wop wop. Where can I get a few strands of plain ol' white twinkle lights?
Hopefully, the light problem is resolved quickly, because I can't wait to get our ornaments up on the tree - specifically, these modern hand-painted Scandinavian-ish wood balls:
These ornaments were the inspiration for this year's Scandinavian-themed tree and they are my favorite of all the ornaments I've made over the past few years. I first starting making them at the end of the summer and just finished painting a second batch this week. I love them so much that I considered selling them in my shop for holiday markets, but then realized I didn't want to spend the entire holiday season painting ornaments!
Materials | wood balls, screw-eyes, polyurethane (satin finish), paint pens, hemp twine
1. Screw the screw-eyes into the wood balls. I accomplished this using brute strength and a pair of pliers.
2. Snicker to yourself about screwing wood. And balls.
3. Thread the twine through the screw-eye and tie in a knot to create a hanging loop.
4. Dip the balls into polyurethane. Hang to dry. Dip a second time and allow to dry completely. The polyurethane provides a smooth finish to accept the paint and prevent it from soaking into the wood and bleeding. (As the balls are drying, be sure to wipe off the excess polyurethane that accumulates at the bottom of the ball to prevent the drip from drying.)
5. Draw geometric patterns on the balls with the paint pens and allow to dry.