Our tree has been up with out a topper (uh, so we’ve had a topless tree? Scandalous!) for many years. I just couldn’t find one that I liked, so what’s a DIYer to do? Make my own, of course! Here’s how I made my Lighted Star Tree Topper!
DIY Lighted Star Tree Topper
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- 2 Plywood stars, about 8 inches across
- Scrap piece of 1-inch thick wood that fits within the center of the stars
- Battery-operated twinkle lights with 15 bulbs
- Xyron Creative Station with 9-inch Permanent Adhesive refill
- Glitter cardstock
- Drill and drill bit large enough for light bulbs to fit through
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Duct tape
- Large clothespins or metal clips
- Scrapbook paper
- Xyron Mega Runner
- Wood lettering (or other embellishments)
My star tree topper mainly consists of two wood stars stacked off-set on top of each other, with a wood piece in between. Holes are drilled for the lights to poke through. So first, place a star on top of a piece of scrap wood (to protect your surface). Mark a drill hole with pencil, about 1/2 an inch from the edge of each point. Drill with a drill bit big enough to make a hole to fit your lights. Repeat for the other star.
Testing it out…yay it fits!
So my light set has 15 bulbs. I have two stars so I’ll be using 10 bulbs at each point. My light set also has about 4 inches in between each bulb. So I’ll be stacking the stars one on top of the other, offset. This way, I can put a bulb in each point, alternating between the top star and the bottom star. Hope that makes sense! So before you do your drilling, you may want to test out your bulbs to see how they look, depending on what stars you use and your light set.
I wanted to give my star tree topper some dimension, so I hot glued a piece of scrap wood in between. The scrap wood I used was one inch thick, and I made sure to use a piece that was small enough to be hidden.
Add more hot glue to the wood scrap, and stack the other star on top, off-set from the first star.
Next I traced a star onto a piece of glitter cardstock and cut it out with scissors. I also traced the holes and used a hole punch to make the holes in the paper. Then I ran the paper star through my Xyron Creative Station.
I adhered the paper star on top of the wood star, lining up the holes properly.
I also need to cover up the bottom star’s points. So I traced just the points onto another piece of glitter cardstock (it’s a shade darker than the glitter cardstock I used on top, but you can use any color combo!). I also traced the holes, and labeled each paper point and corresponding wood point with a number. I also ran the paper points through my Xyron Creative Station.
I adhered the paper points to their corresponding wood points, lining up the holes.
And I placed the lights back in. Looking good! So at this point, I’ve used 10 of the bulbs. You don’t have to use all of the bulbs if your light set has more, but I’ll show you in a minute what I did with the remaining bulbs.
To hide the wire, I used duct tape to adhere them to the back of the stars. If this looks too messy to you, you can hide it by purchasing another of the wood stars and gluing a thinner piece of scrap wood to the back of the bottom star. Then glue the 3rd star to that scrap wood. That star should line up with the bottom star. This should cover up the wires and tape, but still allow you to remove the lights if necessary.
Next I decorated the front of the star. You can do anything you wish as the star is pretty much a blank canvas. I made a paper medallion out of wintery scrapbook paper. I cut two strips of scrapbook paper, 12 inches by about 3 inches. Then I joined the two strips together with my Xyron Mega Runner. Next I folded the long strip like an accordion, and cut the top edge at an angle to make the medallion less round and more star-ish.
Then I joined the two ends together, again with my Xryon Mega Runner, and then used my hand to flatten the center down to form the medallion. Then I applied some hot glue to the center, and finally, I glued the back of the medallion to the front of the star (for a more detailed tutorial to make a paper medallion, see my Paper Medallion Ornaments tutorial).
I found these wood word embellishments at the store (a buck for the whole set) and they were perfect for the front of my medallion. I hot glued them onto the center.
To attach the topper to the tree, I hot glued some large clothespins to the back of the topper. I was going to use some metal clips, but I couldn’t find them in my stash. So I dug up these wood clothespins. They seem to work fine.
Here’s what I did with the remaining five light bulbs, which is totally optional. I just taped them to the inner corners of the front star, so they just peek out.
Clip your new star tree topper to the top of your tree, preferably on some sturdy branches. All done!
I finally have a tree topper that I love and it was fun to make as well.
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