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A Christmas tree isn't complete without a pretty tree topper. Whether it's a simple bow, a beautiful bouquet, or a unique tree topper you can make yourself, these Christmas tree toppers will inspire your holiday decorating.
A wooden block letter is transformed into a creative tree topper with some paint and holiday-color ribbon. Paint your letter a desired color; let dry. Measure strips of glittery ribbon to fit across your letter and adhere in place using hot glue. Secure a paper towel roll to the back of your letter with hot glue and slip onto top of tree.
Rolls of old book pages come together in this pretty paper tree topper with a vintage feel.
Add instant charm to your Christmas tree with this easy tree topper. Cut a star shape from thick paper or cardstock. Cut out a black and white photo, mat it with colored paper, and glue it to the center of the star. Secure the star to a rolled paper cone or paper towel tube with glue, and carefully set your star on your tree's highest branches.
For a look that's perfect for both indoor and outdoor trees, tie a big bow around a cob of red Indian corn. Hot-glue a small red ribbon to the bigger ribbon for a coordinated look. Use a wire to hang the bell from the Indian corn for a natural, musical tree topper.
Even if you don't have a white Christmas, your tree can be topped with the prettiest of snowflakes. Grab a bunch of Popsicle sticks and spray-paint them white; let dry. Using hot glue and starting with the base of the snowflake, glue the painted Popsicle sticks together, following the photo as a guide. Once your snowflake is finished, let it dry. Tuck into the top branches of your tree and secure with a bit of wire as needed.
This tree topper lends an antique look to your tree. Print a black silhouette on white paper. Cut it out, and fit the paper into a gold oval frame. Top the frame with a red bow and let the ribbon ends cascade down the branches.
Editor's Tip: You can create a silhouette by tracing a family member's shadow onto white paper. Create a pattern, resize to fit your frame, and trim from black cardstock.
Craft a star from Tinker Toys for a whimsical and fun tree topper on the cheap. Use green, red, and yellow wooden sticks to make the star festive.
An unused black hat makes the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Wrap a light blue ribbon around a plain black hat; embellish with a button and a poinsettia bracht. Dust with a bit of fake snow, and put it on top of your tree for a fun and classic look.
A big yellow star is a traditional tree topper, but when made from felt, this ornament literally becomes the star of the show. Cut two identical stars from yellow felt and stitch them together. Stick the star between two top branches. Don't worry about the star being perfect -- imperfections just add to the charm.
A satin gold ribbon tied in a dainty bow to a top branch adds a lavish embellishment to your tree. Let the ends of the ribbon hang down to draw extra attention.
For miniature trees, this paper topper is perfect. To make, cut holiday-color or pattern scrapbook paper to a 22x2-1/2-inch strip and accordion-fold along a scoring board. Gather into a fan shape and hot-glue the ends together to form a circle. Repeat this process with a smaller strip of solid-color paper. Using a round scallop punch, punch a tag from white cardstock and stamp a message with red ink. Layer the paper and adhere together using hot glue. Glue a strip of ribbon to the back of the paper to tie around the top of your tree.
Crown your tree at Christmastime with this easy-to-make tree topper. Measure a strip of paper to fit around the top of your tree. Cut out triangles on one edge to form a crown shape, then secure the paper edges together with a bit of tape or glue. Slip over the top of your tree to give it a royal look.
Make this glistening version of the ever-popular star tree topper from lengths of wired pearl beads. Twist five strands of pearls around a 3-inch foam circle to form a five-point star. Stick the pearl sprigs into the foam, and secure them with glue. Cut some pearls from extra sprigs and glue them to the front of the star to fill in the shape.
Make a custom tree topper by inserting narrow sticks into a foam ball. Spray-paint with the color of your choice. When dry, spray with spray adhesive and sprinkle with glitter. Tip: The topper will be most secure if one of the sticks is left long (about 18 inches) so it can be wired to a tree branch.