How To Make Easy Tree Toppers
Do you love the look of vintage tree toppers? Besides being fond of vintage graphic images, I‘m sharing how to make easy tree toppers.
First, let me welcome you to Cloches & Lavender my name is Cindy and I enjoy sharing crafts, baking and decorating inspiration on my blog. If you are new to my blog I am glad you are here and hope you take a look and find some inspiration.
I enjoy all things French and mixing old with new. This is why I am sharing tree toppers with you today using vintage French graphics and free Christmas music sheets. You can visit my Pinnterst page and print them from there.
Wanting French tree toppers, I began looking online and they are $45 each. After looking at the picture, I said I can make these myelf.
Shopping For Pieces To Make Easy Tree Toppers
Next, I began shopping for pieces I needed to make these easy star toppers for my trees. Wood stars and free Christmas music sheet printables became my choice.
- Mod Podge
- sponge brush
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- scissors and decoupage scissors
French Paper Moon on Etsy is the place to purchase the best download for graphic images. She has many choices and they are not ll French. She's having sales right now too!
I have bought many vintage graphic images and never been disappointed. If you don’t want to buy graphic and have vintage wrapping paper or 2ply paper napkins that will also be a great option.
These Christmas tree toppers are beyond easy to make.
First trace your star on the vintage image and cut the star shape for the tree topper.
Now, using the sponge brush, add Mod Podge to the back of the image. Immediately, add the image to the top of your star. Here’s a great tip I have learned with Mod Podge!
Tip When Decoupaging:
Ready for this tip? Always keep a roll of plastic wrap with you when decoupaging. Specfically, because it’s the secret to never getting creases or tears in anything getting applied to a project. It works like dream every time!
Now is a great time to heat your glue gun.
Immediately grab the piece of plastic wrap and smooth out the image on the wood star tree topper. After you think it is smooth pick up the plastic wrap. If for some reason there’s still a bubble or wrinkle, continue smoothing the image and I gurantee it becomes smooth.
Next, begin adding the thin craft garland to the tree topper. First, measure, a section of the star and cut the garland. Now, add a thin strip of hot glue. Press the garland lightly to adhere. Continue until you complete covering the edges of the tree toppers.
Printing And Cutting The Vintage Graphice To Add To The Star Toppers
Using my printer I print my images 3×5. Here is when I use decoupage scissors. As an example, these scissors are great to use because they are specifically designed to allow me to cut intricately. These scissors are truly very sharp which makes them great to cut images for this project.
Now turn the images over and add Mod Podge again. Carefully pick them up and add to the star tree toppers. Because these are small and delicate, I recommend patting the graphics with your finger tips.
Adding Silver To The Edges Of The Tree Toppers
Generally, I would have added silver wax or silver paint before the craft garlnd. However, I didn’t realize until I was finished it was needed. It’s not a problem, I used a small stencil brush to add silver gilding wax to the edges of the tree toppers.
Lastly, using my scissors I trimmed the edges of the garland. I did this because I wanted the music sheet image and the graphic to be seen clearly on the tree toppers.
Making The Tree Topper Stands For My Christmas Trees
Making the stand for the tree toppers is extremely easy. Because a coil is needed to place these on the Christmas trees, use a tappered candle, wrap a thick piece of wire to form a base. This can be found at any home improvement store.
After getting my coils for my Christmas tree toppers I added silver wax using a stencil brush and let dry overnight.
I can’t wait to put the others on my other Chrisrtmas trees. These look exactly how I envisioned and saw online. With different images and a much better price of course.
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- Wood stars 8 inch pack (Amazon)
- Mod Podge (Amazon)
- Sponge brush (any craft store)
- Graphic (French Paper Moon)
- 2 ply napkins (Amazon)
- Wire (Any home improvement store)
- Craft garland (Amazon)
- Hot glue gun and gue sticks (Amazon)
- Taper candle for coil (Any store that sells candles)
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Cindy Cloches and Lavender on Dec 20, 2021
Thank you so much!
How did you attach the wire to the star?