This past Christmas, I decided it’s high time that I changed up my Christmas tree game. I have used the silver and blue decorations for a decade now. Don’t look at me like that! I bought a house, got married, and had two kids in there so I was busy. Anyway, they are old and tired and I went in search of a new vision for my tree. Of course, I found the inspiration on Pinterest because that is where you find such things. I noticed this trend of using rustic decorations and I am in! It’s perfect! I live in the country and my house already has this earthy, natural thing going on.
So, my first project in the Christmas tree takeover is to tackle the tree topper. As you can see from the photo, my topper was metal and kind of discolored. It needs a little love. Typically, I would suggest a good coat of spray paint in a super bright, fun color. That would look great for this topper, but that obviously won’t go with my rustic decor.
This is nothing a trip to your local farm supply store won’t cure. It’s a rustic theme – remember. Craft or hobby stores have these supplies as well, but they are typically cheaper at farm supply stores. So, I went to my local Orcheln’s store and found 50 feet of ¼” manila rope that I thought was very rustic. I decided I would wrap this tree topper and turn it into a rustic star.
This is a simple project that only requires some hot glue, a glue gun, scissors, manila rope, and your tree topper. I started the project using super glue and that works if you want to see how much super glue you can get on yourself and the counter. It took longer than I wanted to dry, so I got out my trusty hot glue gun. There really aren’t any tricks to this. Start at the top and wrap the rope around the star. I stopped to glue every couple of inches being careful to pull it tight and try to avoid any gaps. I would hold it for about 30 seconds to make sure the glue was dry before I pulled on the rope again. It took me about an hour to complete this star. I did have to go back in a couple of places and patch a gap. Overall, I think this delivered a nice inexpensive tree topper.
If you like a little shine to your toppers, I wrapped one of those battery powered strings of LED lights around it to give you a visual. Later, it occurred to me that I could have painted the tree topper a rustic dull brown. That would have been a great solution as well. I have seen some people wrapping things using twine and that would look good too. I chose the manila rope because I wouldn’t have to wrap it 1,000 times and I really loved the texture. I’ll save that twine for another project.
That’s my easy tree topper makeover. If you tackle yours, I would love to see it! You can find me at [email protected] or leave me a comment below. Sign up for my weekly newsletter so you won’t miss any of my great Christmas tree makeover posts!