Caught in a Pinch: Revamping a Tree Topper
Do you have a tree topper on your Christmas tree?
I had an angel I really loved for many years. But last year I noticed the lights under her skirt were melting the plastic casing they were in. Yikes! Can we say ‘fire hazard’?
So my beloved angel had to go. And I’m still searching for something really nice to replace her, only this time I want a star. So this year we have an interim star that I made a few revisions to. This star is from the Martha Stewart collection, but it came in chrome. And chrome does not work with the rest of our decorations.
So I got out my trusty can of gold spray paint left over from the mirror I painted for Kaleigh.
Here is the star ready to be painted.
I used a cardboard box with one side cut out for a mini spray booth, and hung the star from the top.
It actually worked really well.
Here’s the star with its first coat.
I gave it 2 good coats and a final touch-up. And I was surprised that it took 24 hours before the paint fully dried.
Once it was dry I gave it a test-run on the tree.
Not so bad for an interim measure.
But once we got the lights on the tree, there was still something missing with the star. Since the star doesn’t light up, I tried to weave the lights into it, but that just looked silly.
So instead I decided to weave a crystal into the middle of the star hoping it would catch the light and twinkle a little bit.
And it did, a little bit…
But not as much as I had hoped.
Since this is our interim star, I decided to leave it as is.
Here’s the tree with the lights on it, but no ornaments yet.
I was really hoping the crystal would catch the light, but as you can see, no such luck.
Did you notice Santa in the tree? He’s hand-knit by my grandmother, and as a child we always had one in our tree. So now I do the same, and by the time the tree is all decorated, you hardly even see him hiding in there… but I know he’s there!
Here’s the tree fully decorated.
So this is our traditional tree. It’s full of meaningful ornaments, a jolly old Saint Nick… and a revamped star on top!
How do you finish the top of your tree? Do you leave it without a topper, do you have an angel, or a star, or something else?
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