In the words of my husband, “Welp, better late than never.”
Even though there are only four days until Christmas, I decided to make my own tree topper. We keep our tree up through January anyway, so it’ll have some quality time on this year’s tree as well as on the trees in years to come. I found my inspiration atop the trees in our church’s lobby. Here are a few pics I snapped on my phone after church last week:
For this project, I decided to just figure it out on my own – - sans online tutorials – - which could have resulted in a craft fail of major proportions, but thankfully, we made it through with a tree topper I’m quite fond of. I think he can stay.
Here’s the how-to:
- Blow up a balloon. Ours had a circumference of 22″.
- Wrap balloon in cling wrap. I figured cling wrap would be less likely to stick to the mod podge than the balloon…but may not be a necessary step.
- Wrap twine or jute twine around the balloon. To get started I just taped the jute to the base of the balloon. I found that I needed to keep the string pretty tight against the balloon or it all unraveled. Make sure to leave a little pocket of room at the base of the balloon; this will help you nest your tree topper when the time comes. When you feel like you’ve sufficiently wrapped your balloon, remove that piece of tape and glue the end of your string to the beginning of your string with hot glue.
- Using a foam brush, cover your twine with mod podge. Really get into those nooks and crannies! Alternatives to mod podge that should work: Elmer’s glue, craft glue, wallpaper glue…possibly even spray adhesive. In retrospect, I probably could have even stood to thin down my mod podge with some water, but since I wanted to make sure the final product was really firm, I just caked it on!
- Let it dry! I precariously suspended my ball from the bottom of one of our IKEA baskets using a wire ornament hanger and let it dry overnight.
- Pop the balloon. This is the fun part! Once the ball is completely dry, pop the balloon and remove it along with the cling wrap. I had to reach my hand in and pick out some of the bits of clinging cling wrap. It was strangely therapeutic.
- You’re done! Tuck your Christmas lights inside of the tree topper, and nestle it atop your tallest tree branch.
It turned out better than I anticipated! It even complements our burlap tree skirt.
Now, I’m inspired to try twine ornament balls…but I think I’ll wait until next year on that one.
And a question for you, dear reader: out of curiosity, what rests atop your tree?
Let me leave you with one final picture and a quote from one of my new favorite Christmas songs, “Christmas in the Room” by Sufjan Stevens, which is on my Indie Christmas mix.
I link up my projects at these happenin’ parties.