Have you ever upcycled before?
Well after this tutorial you might really want to! I will share with you how to upcycle a Christmas Tree Topper to make it match your Christmas colour scheme. But why would I want to do that? You might ask. Maybe you want a change? Perhaps your Christmas decorations are looking a bit tired, but you don’t want to spend money on more? By upcycling your Christmas decor, you get the best of both worlds, because your ornaments look new, with no or minimal outlay.
Where to start?
Well, at the end of this tutorial, you will have lots of ideas of Christmas ornaments or decorations you want to upcycle. For now though, I’m going to share with you how to upcycle a Christmas Tree Topper. I used Dew Drops in a variety of shapes and colours, to add lots of texture to a plain, glittered, store bought tree topper. This tree topper was cute as it was, as it was very glittery, but I bought it specifically to put my own personal stamp on it and to share it with you of course!
Materials Required to Upcycle a Christmas Tree Topper
- A Christmas tree star topper or hanging ornament about hand sized
- Strong, wet craft glue from your stash
- Dew Drops in the colour scheme you want for this year. Or you could use loads of colours or only gold/silver/pearl so it goes with everything
- A gem pick up tool that works for you
In my opinion, it is best not to over think things like patterns and just go with the flow. That’s the way I create, but you may be different. To make your upcycled Christmas Tree Topper, you might want to plan the whole pattern in advance. If you think you need to do this as you’re “scared of messing it up” don’t be. It was inexpensive or free and the glue takes a while to dry and is invisible once dry. Therefore if you do make a mistake, you can easily rectify it and nobody will ever know. If you still want to plan it, you could start off with planning and gluing down the first few rows of gems.
In the above picture you can see the completed first 3 rows of gems.
Ways to build your pattern
The way I approached upcycling my Christmas Tree Topper, was to choose one colour at a time and glue that down. After doing around 3 rows, I looked at what would look pleasing to the eye in the next row. This is because I was aiming for a mixture of colours, shapes and sizes of Dew Drops throughout. I didn’t want a green row, purple row, then another green row for example, as I was using about 6 or 7 different colours.
That’s why I suggest just going with the flow, as you can tell as you go along “oh, I haven’t used the pink ones in a few rows, so I’ll add some of them next”. It is of course perfectly fine if you want to plan out section by section. You could even sketch it out in coloured pencils first. Using alternate rows of just two or three colours would also be great if you are new and a bit wary of trying this type of pattern building.
Another great thing about upcycling a Christmas tree topper that has two sides, is that you can decorate them both differently! As a result, you get two toppers for the price of one! You can just turn it around the other way if you wish. In my example, one side is positively bling-tastic and the other is more subtle.
Which Dew drops Should I get?
Whichever your heart desires! There is no point in me suggesting any colours, as I don’t know your colour scheme. I just went for my favourite colours and a few neutrals.
YouTube Tutorial: https://youtu.be/atpj0QH2y58
Extra Photos for inspiration
The latter photo is the less blingy side.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this Upcycling tutorial and your mind is buzzing with creativity. If you want to add some Dew Drops to your stash you can do so through my affiliate link here (I get a small commission if you do) if you wish: https://therobinsnestcreative.com/?affiliates=16 or just click on the shop above.
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