Partly because I was on a budget and party because the selection of large tree-toppers was totally picked-over, I decided to make my own tree-topper using materials from Michael’s. I bought four of the same glittered branches for $1 each (they were 50% off) at Michael’s and wired them around the tallest branch on the tree. The branch had a light on it, allowing the light to reflect off the glitter on the branches.
|Glittery branches from Michael's -- $1 each|
|Branches wired to "trunk" of the tree|
At the base of the branches, I used to floral wire to attach clusters of silver glass ball ornaments. This gave the tree topper more interest and hid the white plastic base of the branches. Finally, I took smaller silver bead ornaments that I bought in Michael’s mini tree section, wired them into clusters of five, and places them among the larger silver ornaments.
|Cluster of three ornaments wired together -- $3.99 for 12|
|Cluster of silver bead ornaments wired together -- $2.50 per pack|
I lived with the tree topper in this state for a little less than a week, and it was bothering me a little bit. It didn’t have enough interest, looked too much like the rest of the branches in the tree, and looked a little too space-agey. So, I went to Michael’s and found a white branch with pearl-like beads on it and stuffed in into the cluster of other shiny goodness. The round shiny beads on the branch link the round shiny ornaments a the base of the tree topper, making it look more cohesive. I’m much happier with this very simple addition to my original creation.
|The final product|
Materials and cost of project:
- 4 glittery branches – $4 ($1 each)
- 1 branch with pearl beads – $1.50
- 8 silver ornaments – $3.99 (on sale)
- Silver beads – $2.50