Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creating a Christmas Tree Topper

Continuing on with the Christmas decorations, we finally finished the tree and this is the final tutorial.  I've always wanted a dramatic tree topper and we definitely accomplished that.  Trick was, finding items that worked - in our color scheme of silver and purple.  Those of you with red and green have SO many options!

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As I've said, do NOT pay full price.  Too many sales going on, between Michael's, Jo Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby - 40-50% and don't forget to look for online coupons to print and take with you.  Most of these stems were in the Christmas stem section, but a few were in the general floral section.  We basically just looked all over the store and found things in various locations.  Buy something you see today - you can always return it.  It won't be there when you go back.  (I've learned that the hard way!)  The only stem that cost more than $1 to $1.50 were the long crystal stems, and they were $5.00 each on sale.   

So, here are some photos of some items we purchased.  We had no idea what we wanted, so we got a bunch of stuff and returned what we did not use.

Didn't end up using the purple stems in this photo.




These are very long and I love the crystals - really catch the light.
We started with the longest, dark purple sticks.  We had tried some silver, swirly sticks, but they didn't stand out.  I wanted to clearly see the sticks.  These were perfect!

We added a ring of floral wire to hold them tall, as they started leaning after a while.

Next, we added in the long, crystal adorned stems



We skipped a photo, but this shows the silver swirls in the center and the purple ball stems around the perimeter.


Added in the silver ball stems and we are done!  Perfect height and shape we wanted.  Some folks really mix and match the stems - I wanted a more segregated look.  Can always change it up if I get bored!

Quite a few stems were NOT used and we promptly returned them because frankly, if we waited, we would have forgotten!

Here is another view:


Some ornaments we used on the tree:



Missed getting a photo of the snowflakes and some tall, thin ornaments.  More photos:









We have really switched up our decor this year - here is our tree from last year (I'm trying to talk hubs into putting it in the dining room, but I don't think I'm gonna win this one. lol   -

Different house, different tree, different colors, horizontal ribbon garland........pretty much changed everything!  lol

Hope this tutorial helps you create a beautiful tree topper for YOUR tree!

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60 comments:

  1. I'm really loving the purple & silver!!! I switched up my colors too this year I wanted blue/silver & hubby said no...
    I cant wait to show him your tree so I can say "I told you that we didnt have to use red & green"
    LOL...& I really love the topper I've been looking & looking for something different & you nailed it!
    Its Gorgeous!!!

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  2. I'm loving your beautiful topper and tree. Love the purple, too! Gorgeous!

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  3. Very pretty! Love the purple tree. That is a Christmas color in our church, just not as common as red and green. It is all lovely.
    Sherry

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  4. Love love love that purple! That's my favorite color!

    New to your blog and glad I stopped by!

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  5. Love your purple & silver colour scheme :-) And your topper is fun and really unique - thanks for the tutorial :-)

    Kelly

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  6. Your topper is great. I love the non-traditional colors. I have pink in my dinning room for Christmas, oh yeah!

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  7. Purple is my FAVORITE color and your tree is fabulous!! Beautiful tree topper, Have a blessed week~

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  8. looks lovely! thanks for giving us the play by play! it's definitely eye-catching, and more exciting that last year's topper! :)

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  9. Beautiful, Stunning Tree! I really love the purple and silver. Just Beautiful!

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  10. Gorgeous! According to HGTV, non traditional colors are "in", so you are quite the trendsetter!:)

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  11. I love purple for the holidays. Great topper!

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  12. Love the purple. Obviously it is my favorite color. Your tree turned out so nice. I need to add the frills at the top of the tree too. We have a large elf on the top but he needs a little height. Great tutorial.

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  13. Thank you Cheri! I'm here to follow you as well. I appreciate your kind visit and words.

    Have a wonderfully blessed week.
    ~Melissa :)

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  14. This is SOOOOO AMAZING! You are seriously GIFTED! I would love for you to link this up at my next TALENT TUESDAY!!!

    http://vintagewannabee.blogspot.com/

    mucho love.
    Nichelle.

    p.s. I'm your newest follower! :)

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  15. This is so cute! I love the purple! I'm following you now! :)

    Kayla@
    craftykayla.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank you for sharing! I have been looking to do somethng different this year with my family tree.

    I would love it if you would add this great project to my link party!

    Amaze Me Monday

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  17. Very pretty, and I love the purple. I have one pencil stick left, and said it wasn't getting done this year, but have been dying to do an all purple tree. We will see :)

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  18. How splashy and showy! I love it. It reminds me of Mardi Gras.

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  19. great job! Love the colors. Sometimes we have to pick our fights. Some aren't worth winning that way we can win the ones that really matter. LoL. Enjoyed stopping by.
    Debbie

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  20. How pretty, it reminds me of Mardi Gras :).

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  21. Love the purple..its so regal! Not to mention my fave color.

    I made a PB knockoff Christmas wreath..come check it out.

    http://www.free2befrugal.com/2010/11/very-dollar-store-pottery-bar-christmas.html

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  22. Such A pretty purple tree. I love it. My tree topper looks very much like yours. Been doing it this way for years and never get tires of it.
    I'm a new follower.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~

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  23. Beautiful and so very elegant. Nice job!
    CAS

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  24. So, so pretty! Purple is such a hot color this season ... your beautiful tree wears it well. *Becca*

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  25. The color of royalty. So beautiful. I've used it before but not with such a delightful tree top.

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  26. Very pretty!

    Smart to return stuff you don't use - I always just buy stuff and use most but not all of it, then I have these plastic bags holding just one or two leftover things all over my decorating stash!

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  27. I'm just WOWed by the color.
    You're the best!

    Thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

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  28. Cheri, that's just awesome! I like unexpected colors and over the top glam; you achieved both! Pop by if you'd like, we're doing aqua and silver with green at our place.

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  29. Cheri, it's just beautiful! The tree topper just adds a decorator's touch to the entire tree. You've got yourself a masterpiece! Thank you so much for sharing with the Boardwalk Bragfest! It's a marvelous "bragable"

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  30. Cheri that is one swank tree! I love your colors and that topper is TOPS! I was looking for a star today, but nothing, I may have to try something fun too.

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  31. I like your color combination.

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  32. That looks great. I have seen a lot of people using purple this year. Thanks for linking up.

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  33. Someone already said it but it does remind me of Mardi Gras...crown like really.

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  34. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

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  35. I LOVE this! And I am soo jealous that your tree is purple and silver. Thanks soo much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  36. Thanks for sharing your topper with all of my readers at Tell Me Tuesday! I love it--it evokes fantasy--there was a great Christmas Tree exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum, a museum in Hartford CT a few years back--this one would definitely have fit right in!

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  37. What gorgeous colors and I love how the topper came out! Last years looked good too!

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  38. Cheri, I forgot you asked about where my mirror came from. It was from that store that was a part of Home Depot, but more decor stuff and then they went out of business. Cannot remember the name of that store.

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  39. What a beautiful Christmas Tree. Following you back!!!

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  40. Beautiful tree and many thanks for the tutorial! You have certainly convinced me to become a follower.

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  41. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working ,great job!

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  42. Love the purple!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up at gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  43. WOW! That is an awesome topper! Excellent job! Wow!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  44. Your tree last year is fabulous too...but I do love the purple and the bling on this one...Really beautiful.

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  45. Hi Cheri! Your tree looks so beautiful and that topper is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the tutorial and for linking it up to the Inspiration Friday party this week! :-)
    Vanessa

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  46. This is a fantastic tutorial and the tree topper is absolutely beautiful!!! Gorgeous colors too- Thank you so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  47. I really love the purple and silver colors! I am the same as you because I am looking for something different this year. Your tree topper definitely accomplishes that. Nice work! Thanks for linking up to Theme Party Thursday!

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  48. Now thats an adorable topper. You can always tell if a person has good decorating taste by the way they decorate their tree... you do!! Thanks for linking up to my blog.

    Toni
    A Bowl Full of Lemons

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  49. Wow! THAT is a Christmas tree topper! I love the sparkly purples and silvers! All favorite winter colors. Great job!

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  50. Wow - that purple and silver is GORGEOUS!

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  51. Very nice -your right you don't see a whole lot of purple at Christmas -but it is beautiful!!

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  52. I'm featuring this over at Life As Lori. If you would like to stop by and grab my I was featured button please do so.

    I love your tree!

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  53. What a beautiful topper!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again this week! Also, I'd like to invite you to my Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party next Thursday!

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  54. Hello. Have you already decided for your Christmas tree topper this year? Hehehe. I am also scouting for something new, unique and really attractive so my guests would be impressive. Keep sharing and bookmarked this helpful page. :D Merry Christmas in advance

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