Oz Animals for Xmas

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Project by TJ65 posted 11-03-2010 08:47 AM 2313 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well since all the excitement over Halloween has gone and it is now time to focus on other upcoming events I thought I would share with you what I have done over the past couple of years to Celebrate Christmas. I decorate the house and yard with lights and decorations and these guys come out to play every year too.
I usually make a 2-3 cutouts each year depending on how I feel and if I get the time to actually finish them in time. At the moment I have 3 others in the shed nearing completion -so I did get all organised this year!! :-)

I made these guys a while ago and they have been out in the hot Aussie sun during December and apart from getting a little dusty as we have had a bad drought the last few years they have endured it all pretty well.
After i cut them out using a jigsaw I then coat with a sealer and then paint accordingly. Then fianl coat of a varnish. I really stuffed up on the cocky as he is made from MDF- well as I found out MDF doesn’t like getting wet so he has to stay under cover during the festive season. I only did it as I wanted it to be light. I copied the design from a greetings card that was made from cardboard. Enlarged it and made it from wood.
The Koala is just copied from a colouring book I think and is 2D like you do when making paper tole pictures. Each animal/bird will hide in the garden with some sort of Christmas decoration. I usually have the wombat dragging tinsel around and cocky often pinches santa’s hats.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 09:10 AM

Very Cool Holiday ritual! Make your own memories when you can.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 09:13 AM

Good job Theresa, That kola bear is especially eye chtching~ :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 12:44 PM

Theresa, these are just wonderful! It must be simply enchanting to see them peeking from various spots in your yard. I would be tempted to leave them there all year!

I have always worried about painting things for the outdoors. I guess with good varnish and putting sealer first it does the job because they look great. Your painting is really nice too. I hope you remember to post the other three too. Thank you so much for showing us!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 01:28 PM

Great job. I really like the Koala bear and is that an Ostrich or the elusive Emu lol? Very nice!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 01:42 PM

Theresa the parrot are so wonderful, and the long neck bird (dont remember the english word) is so nice, I could not stop to smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 01:49 PM

I think the best part of this project is that the animals, though native to Australia are for me, so exotic and wonderful to imagine! I think I might have smiled a smile larger than Mads on this one. Well…. okay, maybe not but it was close. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 02:29 PM

these are wonderful!!
what a great idea .. and I chuckled at the “dragging tinsel around”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 03:18 PM

They are all delightful!! I would love to see any of them hanging around my garden any time of the year.

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 06:53 PM

Beautiful painting on these. You should have a go at bird carvimg!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 07:52 PM

Excellent job Theresa, always enjoy seeing it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 11-03-2010 11:13 PM

I am soooo pleased that you guys enjoyed seeing these. I was a little unsure if I should post them at all. But because of all the commotion going on here of late I thought that It was something fun for a change!

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 11-04-2010 12:03 AM

Glad you did. The site needed a breath of fresh air :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 11-04-2010 06:42 PM

Cute stuff Theresa. Quite different from elsewhere and interesting. My favorites were the the wombat and the ostrich.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 11-10-2010 07:50 AM

Very decorative and colorful designs,would brighten up anyones day!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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