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Use tin snips to cut the 6-inch vent cap in half. First cut the crimped edges as close as you can to the top. Bend the edges slightly until the metal snaps and pulls loose from the top. Then cut the top in half.
Cut edges of the vent cap can be sharp. Wear leather gloves when handling the pieces in this step and the other steps below.
From the 3/4-inch dowel, cut a piece 6 inches long. Then trim the ends at 10-degree angles.
You can also use the cap end to mark the dowel for cutting. Cut about 1/8 inch within the pencil marks to allow for the flange on the cap.
In one of the crimped cap edges, drill 3/16-inch holes 3/8 inch from both ends and 3/4 inch up from the long edge opposite the cap top. Fasten the dowel piece to the half edge with #8 x 1/2-inch sheet-metal screws. Place the dowel attached to the vent cap edge on a piece of scrap wood with the edge vertical. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes 1 inch apart centered on the dowel.
If you plan to paint the vent cap pieces to match your ornament, apply a primer suitable for galvanized metal and spray on at least two coats of paint at this stage.
Sand the front face and edge of the 18-inch pine round with 120-grit sandpaper. Rest the front of the pine round on a flat work surface. Extend the 1/8-inch pilot holes in the cap mounting block into the pine round and drive 2-inch screws to fasten the cap assembly to the pine round.
Drill two 1/8-inch holes in the vent cap top (the flat half circle) about 1/2 inch from the rounded edge. Cut a piece of wire long enough to make a 6-inch-diameter loop. Place the ends through the wire in the holes in the cap and bend the ends to hold it in place.
Around the flange of a vent cap top, dab adhesive in the space where the edge folds over. Press the top against the crimped edge as it was originally made. Hold it in place until the adhesive begins to hold.
If the metal becomes bent from being cut, first straighten it using needle-nose pliers.
Apply a clear finish to the pine round and let dry. Apply any background design.
Even if you plan to paint a design on the wood surface, start with a clear finish to keep the paint from bleeding into the wood fibers.
Download the Joy Tracing Pattern or Merry Christmas Tracing Pattern, or create your own message and design, such as a Christmas tree. Center the pattern on the pine round with tracing paper underneath and trace the lettering on the ornament. Using artist brushes, fill in the tracing with the paint of your choice.
Many home computers have a selection of fonts that can be printed in large sizes. Use them to create the message instead of freehand lettering.
If you plan to hang the ornament, screw a small D-ring hanger centered on the back and 2 inches from the top of the pine round.