Flamboyant trees (also called royal poinciana) are so called because every summer (when it's really dry and brown and kind of barren on St. Croix) they EXPLODE with flamboyantly colored blooms of red, orange, pink and yellow (one color per tree). Some people think they are the world's brightest tree. Late autumn is seed season when the big, long, pods have dried to brown. Some friends who own a restaurant on the island wanted to give everyone they knew a meaningful gift, but didn't have a lot of money to spend. So they yanked down as many flamboyant seed pods as they could find and painting a pod for each recipient. They make great ornaments or door hangers and bring a taste of the islands to any home. Danielle Kyrillos and her son Caspian show viewers how to make painted flamboyant pods while having a great time together.

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