Weird Crafts: Hand-painted Canucks tree ornaments

Christmas is only 10 days away, which is absolutely crazy to me. While Christmas frequently sneaks up on me, it seemed especially ninja-like this year. Maybe it’s because I’ve been distracted by the birth of my son, Ozymandias, or maybe I don’t get out of the house as much now that I’m a full-time blogger.

In any case, when my wife came in with our two-and-a-half week old son dressed in a green-and-white striped sleeper with reindeer on the feet, I was a little puzzled. She said she dressed him up so he would look festive while we put up Christmas decorations. I was thinking, hey, there’s no rush. Christmas is ages away.

Nope. Less than two weeks.

I noticed, however, that we don’t have any Canucks-themed Christmas decorations. We don’t have any Canucks ornaments to go on our tree that we haven’t bought yet. A quick perusal of NHL.com’s online shop reveals three uninspiring ornament options: a chubby light-up snowman with a puck for a body, a creepy glass hockey player whose eyebrows make him look like a no-name brand Alex Burrows, and an uninspired glass ball featuring the Canucks logo surrounded by clip-art snowflakes.

Those options aren’t exactly inspiring and the prices they’re asking for a piece of Canucks kitsch are a little off-putting. Fortunately, there’s another option: handpaint your own glass ball Christmas ornaments.

The absolutely gorgeous glass Christmas balls from the above picture are from alifealovealie.tumblr.com, whose owner said her sister painted them and that “all she wanted was a retweet from @vancanucks but she has yet to get one.” Is getting featured on Pass it to Bulis an acceptable substitute?

Seriously, these are fantastic. The detail on the Luongo jersey is particularly impressive, but my favourite has to be the impeccable rendering of Johnny Canuck. The Canucks’ tertiary logo has never looked so good.

A quick search online reveals that plain glass ornaments can be purchased online for about a dollar per ball. Add in the cost of some paint and glitter and you have a much cheaper decoration than what you could buy from the NHL or other retailers. Sure, you might not be able to get the fantastic results that Alifealovealie’s sister did, but they’ll be less corporate and more heartfelt, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Unless you think that Christmas is all about consumerism, in which case, buy as many cheesy Canucks Christmas ornaments as you can afford.

Weird Crafts: Hand-painted Canucks tree ornaments, 6.3 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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8 comments

  1. J21
    December 15, 2011

    “Christmas is only 10 days away, which is absolutely crazy to me. While Christmas frequently sneaks up on me, it seemed especially ninja-like this year.”

    OK, speaking as someone who does not celebrate the holiday, how is this possible? It’s all you folks talk about for, like, 4 months of the year…!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 15, 2011

      You don’t celebrate Christmas? But then what’s your excuse for overspending, getting lavish gifts, cutting down a tree unnecessarily and spiking your electric bill with a gaudy string of lights?

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  2. Hannah
    December 15, 2011

    I believe you can also purchase DIY ornaments/glass/clear balls in craft stores like Michael’s. (I believe they have them on sale now…)

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  3. cathylu
    December 15, 2011

    I agree Daniel that what is offered in the team store is not great. I ended buying the weird light up snowman one when I was in Vancouver but I was hoping for more choices. I am pretty crafty so I guess I’ll have to make my own also.

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  4. peanutflower
    December 15, 2011

    I want those balls. I want a whole set of jersey ones.

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    • Aderam
      December 15, 2011

      I want those balls.

      Quotes taken out of contexts. ;)

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  5. Jason
    December 15, 2011

    I would pay for those balls. Any word on if her sister is willing to make/sell a bunch?

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  6. N Judge (alifealovealie)
    December 15, 2011

    First off, WOW, this is definitely up there with getting a retweet from @VanCanucks. My sister is extremely flattered and would be willing to possibly paint a set of ornaments if anyone was interested. You can contact me at http://alifealovealie.tumblr.com/ask and leave your contact details. Thanks Daniel!

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