Decorating a Christmas tree Canucks-style [VIDEO]

When it comes to official Canucks Christmas ornaments, the options aren’t particularly inspiring. There are some basic ball ornaments with the Canucks logo slapped on, a few puck-themed ornaments, a couple snowmen, and, for some reason, a mini high-heeled shoe. Some of the ornaments are better than the others, of course, so if you want a Canucks ornament or two on your tree, you’ll be all right.

But say you’re a super-fan and you want to decorate an entire tree in a Canucks theme: that’s a little bit tougher, especially if you don’t want to drop a hefty chunk of change in the process. So I set out to decorate our small tree with Canucks ornaments without spending much money at all.

It turned out pretty well, if I say so myself. At the very least, you’ll definitely want to see the tree topper.

Of note: the music in the video is from Harrison’s fantastic Christmas EP he made with Bryan Binnema. The EP, like the song, is titled “String of Lights” and is just $5 on Bandcamp. Get it.

I started decorating with a Canucks scarf as a tree skirt, to cover up the green and red tree stand. Otherwise, it would be a Minnesota Wild Christmas tree and that’s no good.

Then I went with hockey tape as garland, spinning it in the same way that many hockey players do to create grip on their stick. My local hockey shop even happened to have green and blue hockey tape, so the “garland” would be in Canucks colours instead of just white. While the blue and green don’t show up well on the video, they look good in person.

Next up were the mini-sticks. I have three wooden mini-sticks from a Save-on-Foods promotion that feature Alex Burrows, Kevin Bieksa, and Daniel Sedin, so they provided the backdrop for the rest of the ornaments.

We already had the green Christmas balls and my wife came home with the blue bells last week. That gave me some nice, traditional ornaments in Canucks colours. If you don’t have blue or green balls, you can paint your own glass ball ornaments, as we showed you last year.

After that, I went with something that most hockey fans have in abundance: hockey cards. I happened to have a nice little set of 2011-12 Canucks, which meant that Cory Schneider and Manny Malhotra are hiding in the back.

I happened across this origami Canucks jersey a while back and was able to track down the template for a handful of tiny Canucks jerseys for the tree. If you are so inclined, you could take inspiration from this post on Vancouver is Awesome and create every jersey in Canucks history for a more multi-coloured tree.

My favourite ornaments, however, are the adorable hanging Canucks ornaments that Chloe Ezra created last year. They are fantastic and I strongly encourage you to print out your own and add them to your tree.

Finally, there’s the showstopper: the Naked Kesler tree topper. I needed someone to help me hold that star in place and Naked Kesler happened to be available, what can I say?

If you want to make your own, you’ll need the template for the star and your own Naked Kesler to cut out, so click this link to get it. After you’ve printed out the pair, you just need to fold the star and glue Kesler to some cardstock, then glue or tape Kesler’s hands to the star. Job done.

I hope you enjoy this admittedly silly exercise in Canucks Christmas cheer. Consider this a slightly early Merry Christmas to all of you.

 

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18 comments

  1. peanutflower
    December 17, 2013

    naked kesler tree-topper is startling, to say the least.

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  2. Lyg
    December 17, 2013

    Awesome. You’ve outdone yourself!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 17, 2013

      Yep. But you used my music without written consent, Daniel, so that will be seven royalties, please.

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  3. Jacob
    December 17, 2013

    This made me way happier than any 4 minute time-lapse of someone decorating a Christmas tree should. Great pipes, Harrison. Great tree, Daniel. Merry Christmas, PitB!

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  4. madwag
    December 17, 2013

    danielson: we were both delighted! except i apparently tried to show out delight too quickly and was advised to “slow down”.

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  5. madwag
    December 17, 2013

    so i did.

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  6. TubaNat
    December 17, 2013

    O Christmas tree indeed. Truly, a thing of beauty.

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  7. Dani
    December 17, 2013

    I lost it at the naked Kesler.

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  8. Naturalmystic
    December 17, 2013

    I see you have tiny blue balls….

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 17, 2013

      Bells! They’re bells! :p

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  9. tom selleck's moustache
    December 18, 2013

    That looks fantastic, Wagner! And I agree with others that Naked Kesler on top is hilarious :)

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  10. Erin
    December 18, 2013

    I decorate my Christmas tree with a Canucks theme every year too! I didn’t think of stringing my jersey origami garland on it (it is elsewhere in my apartment), and I didn’t get around to adding my hockey cards this year, but I have stolen all of the blue and green bulbs from various light strands and put them all together into one beautiful strand of Canucks-themed blue and green lights.

    http://thethriftyapartment.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/img_4081-resize.jpg?w=640&h=853

    http://thethriftyapartment.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/img_4087-resize.jpg?w=640&h=853

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    • cathylu
      December 18, 2013

      Erin, your tree is great!

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 18, 2013

      Awesome tree. Love the dedication to making a strand of Canucks lights.

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  11. cathylu
    December 18, 2013

    Good job Daniel! That tree is very festive and I really enjoyed Harrison’s song also.

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  12. tj
    December 18, 2013

    Now that those fantabulous Canucks in ugly Christmas sweaters are all over the interwebs, I think Chloe could either do a round-two, or someone should template those as ornaments. A cherubic Burrows with braces and Lu in his jackpot-like xmas sweater, both with blinking lights behind them: priceless (pun intended).

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  13. tj
    December 18, 2013

    Chloe is amazeballs! I can hardly wait for the full roll-out! Thanks for the heads-up.

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