The traditional star or angel just doesn’t cut it anymore. Trees are now being topped with bows, ribbons, sprays and picks. Get in the holiday spirit with our video about how to create a tree topper featuring Jason Wood and Steve Dunker, Festival of Trees designers since 2013.
Here are some additional tips from Jason and Steve to get you started!
- Choose a theme and color palette. Buy a variety of items for more interest. Different shapes and textures make your topper look professional.
- Consider the height of the room and size of the tree. Keep your topper in scale.
- Buy extra. Extra items can be used in garlands, centerpieces or vases to help coordinate the rest of your room or house.
- Have your tools ready. Important tools to have on hand include wire, wire cutters, pliers, hot glue gun, extra glue sticks, ladder/step stool, pipe cleaners and floral tape.
- Shape your tree and make sure all of the lights work.
- Begin your topper about 8 to 10 inches from the top and work your way up.
- Wire your items to the tree or use the branches to secure the items.
- Wired ribbon works great. It’s easy to work with and holds its shape. Weave items in and out of your ribbon or bow to add more interest.
- When securing items, watch out for your lights. Do not wire a branch around a light cord.
- Don’t be afraid to use something “outside the box.” Your tree topper doesn’t have to include an angel or a star; it can have snowflakes, ornaments, elves or Santas. It’s your tree, it’s your home, have fun and enjoy the creative process!