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Alright, so yesterday when I sleepily posted about my Christmas tree, I briefly mentioned the DIY tree-topper I created from one of my household accessories.  But since I didn't quite get to the details on how I pulled it together, I thought I'd share a quick description tonight.

Since I try to touch up the theme of my Christmas tree each year I'm always left with the challenge of using what I've got in different ways.  Usually, I'll splurge on a few new ornaments...or even new ribbon for bows and garland...but this year I didn't spend a single penny on extra trimmings.

The good side to that is the fact that I saved some money...but the bad side was that the only tree topper I had was gold and red, and I had no room for any red within this color scheme.  

At first I considered painting the red portions of my tree topper so it would blend in, but I quickly tossed that idea out because I have a feeling I'll be needing red tree decorations in years to come.  So then I started thinking about what else I could use at the top of the tree...

...I thought about ribbon...too much fluff.

...I thought about the sea shell I own...where'd that come from??

...and then I finally got the idea to use one of my favorite accessories (that usually camps out on one of my two dining tables)...

For the most-part it was perfect!  Technically, it's designed to hold candles, so it has lots of patterned cut-outs for light to come through--plus, it has a hatch that opens up so you can change out the candles.

Well, I didn't need any candles, but I did need lots of light for my tree topper...so I just stuffed it with a strand of Christmas lights.

I left a small portion of the light strand hanging out of the lantern (just enough so I could plug it in), and then I held the hatch shut as tightly as I could around the top of the tree while Mark secured it to the tree with twisty-ties.  It took about five twisty-ties spaced out around the entire circumference of the lantern to secure it tightly to the tree.

Then the real test came...

You can see that my tree is tucked back into a corner and up against a wall.  Well, it didn't start out there.  In fact, I decorated the entire tree (excluding a few of the ornaments) out in the center of the room so that I had enough room to get around all sides.  So when the time came to slide the tree back into the corner I was a bit nervous.

Mark helped me to slide it back, but he had to crawl under the tree to push it from the bottom stand. Needless to say, the entire time the tree was sliding (or should I say scooching, since sliding makes it sound smooth and effortless), I pictured my twisty-tied-tree-topper plummeting down and impaling my sweet husband in the back of the head.

A bit graphic?  I know.  But that's what you worry about when you attach spikes to the top of your tree.

Luckily for Mark, the twisty-ties seemed to do the trick.  The topper didn't even come loose from all of that wobbling...and technically I don't have to throw this in, but as Mark was attaching the twisty-ties he kept saying, "this isn't going to work..."

I think it worked just fine.

...but I won't tell him "I told you so..."

Have any of you taken some risks with your trees this year?  Have you tried a new spin with the decorations you already own?  I think the great thing about gathering a versatile collection of decor items is that you can use it in a lot of different ways.  I'm curious to see what everyone has come up with!

Oh, and if you still need some ideas, check out this awesome link party over at the Thrifty Decor Chick blog.  There's a great collection of Christmas trees from around blogland!


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Reader Comments (3)

Dear Kelli,

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas and I hope your holiday is everything you want it to be.


December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Hi Kelli

Your tree looks great! I'm grateful for husbands who will help to achieve a design vision, even if they don't quite see it themselves. :-)
I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Thank you for the continued inspiration!


December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNichole K

Thanks Maureen and Nichole!

I hope you both enjoy your holiday, and that it's filled with your favorite things!

xo, Kelli

December 24, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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