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Wanda wanted some simulated Christmas presents for the front yard. Not just simple boxes, but boxes with stripes and dots like wrapping paper, enhanced with glitter (ugh). Simple…hold my beer.

Three plywood cubes; 24", 18" and 12." The first issue was that the 1/2" exterior plywood was so rough it looked like a plowed field. No problem, just use interior plywood and make it weatherproof, well, maybe resistant. Construction of the boxes was straightforward.

First, the the waterproofing. The cut edges were first soaked well with exterior oil-based Kilz, thinned about 10% with mineral spirits in order for it to soak in well. Then, I painted the boxes with 3 coats of the Kiilz.

They were then sprayed with silver and gold paint. Then I masked off stripes on the large box (silver) and sprayed the stripes gold - didn't show up well. Solution - enhance the color with glitter! Re-taped and sprayed with contact adhesive and quickly sprinkled the glitter on (outdoors, of course - can you imagine that much glitter indoors?). Then, I oversprayed the glitter with exterior acrylic to waterproof the contact …... how many steps was this ?

The smaller gold boxes were the same process except for spraying through a round hole in a template to get the dots.

Out of caution, they are sitting on pieces of 2×4 to keep them off the ground.

The Christmas tree balls were made by painting styrofoam balls with 2 coats of the Kilz, as spray paint dissolves styrofoam. Then, sprayed gold and silver, contact adhesive and lots of gltter, and acrylic. The 'metal' caps are shaving cream can caps, which I save for mixing glue.

Result, not bad - our retirement community has 945 homes and there is a contest for best decoration - we took 5th place. Thinking about next year.

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My, My just look at that! My wife said that is georgous and I agree whole heartedly, man you did a great job your wife should be very happy with that display.
 

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Nice work. LOTS of time and material went into that project. Coats of primer and paint with glitter! Now, where are you going to store them??? Great result, thanks for sharing. Brian
 

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Yeah,
I'm not showing these to my wife, she'll want to build her a set, today, now.
And it's getting too cold to work in the shop for now.
But…. you did a nice job building yours for your wife.
 

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Beautiful job! Those ornaments will last forever and they look fantastic. Merry Christmas!
 
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