Wednesday

DIY Starburst Tree Topper

Our tree has been without a topper since we put it up.  I really didn't mind it that way, but it felt kind of bare to me.  So I came up with this really easy and inexpensive way to dress it up a bit.  It's inspired by my love for gold and starburst designs.  

Here's what you need: 2 bags of wooden skewers, 1 5" styrofoam ball, 1 piece of PVC pipe about 3 inches long, and gold spraypaint or whatever color you like.


I took a picture of the label for the pipe I used in case you want to use the same one.  Ignore that connector piece in the picture I think someone just randomly put it there.  It is 5 ft long so you'll have to cut it.  I'm not sure what I'll do with the rest of it, but I'm sure I'll find something to use it for eventually.  You may be able to find a smaller piece I just couldn't find anything smaller than this one.


Then, I got going and forgot to take some progress pictures.  Basically just stick your piece of pipe into the styrofoam ball.  You want it to go in about a 1/2" or so to make sure it stays.  I also added a little bit of hot glue just to help it stay put.  It will look like a styrofoam lollipop.  Then start sticking your skewers in all over.  There was really no method to the madness once I got going.  I started at the bottom and worked my way up.  Then, when I got to the halfway point I started at the top and worked my way back down.    


When I was done it looked something like this.


The spray paint really made it all come together.  I used my favorite gold metallic spray paint seen below.  You could use another color if you wanted to.  I will say that I tried another gold spraypaint first and it didn't adhere well to the green styrofoam.  Once I switched back to my old faithful it worked great and covered really easily.



We have a fake tree so I just slipped it right on top of one of the top branches.  



It was seriously so easy to make and cost me less than $10!

22 comments:

Bethany DeVore said...

that is awesome! maybe i should show it to emmy- she made a paper plate and pom pom "star" and wrote "sawyer and emmys star" on it, just in case there was any confusion.

Bethany DeVore said...

I really, really love this! I also like how you alternated and left some of the pointed end out and some of the flat ends out. A bunch of mini ones would be fun on a tree too!

Bethany DeVore said...

This reminds me of the starbursts that I have on my wish list. I just love it! My large tree has been without a topper for years too. It's always so big that nothing else fits on it ;)

Bethany DeVore said...

what an AMAZING DIY!

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Bethany DeVore said...

I love it! Smarty pants!!

Bethany DeVore said...

Pam did something similar with straws and did is equally fantastic!

Bethany DeVore said...

so pretty! and it looks so expensive!!!

Bethany DeVore said...

I'm so behind on my blog reading, I just checked hers out and love it! The straws are a great idea!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Julia! I'm working on an urn to put my tree in and I hope it doesn't make it too tall for the topper!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Jennifer! I was thinking the same thing. I think they would be fun in a garland too!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Cassie! She's so cute! I'm sure it's adorable :)

Bethany DeVore said...

What a perfect topper! I love a little burst of something at the top of a tree.

Bethany DeVore said...

OMG seriously LOVE this Bethany!! Its awesome. It would look awesome in neon, too;) Genius chica.

Bethany DeVore said...

Soooo good!!!

Bethany DeVore said...

turned out stunning great job

Bethany DeVore said...

Wow, that is amazing! I love the impact it makes on top of the tree. Beautiful!

Bethany DeVore said...

Love this! Another project where I have all these things in my garage! Great idea!!

Bethany DeVore said...

That would be perfect! Everything looks good with a touch of neon :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much Jennifer!

Bethany DeVore said...

I love it, Bethany! I think I like your skewers better than my straws, too! Great minds... :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Pam! I still think your straws looked great, they added an extra dimension :)

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