This tutorial for a DIY Christmas tree topper uses bows made out of deco mesh ribbon and a simple plastic cup as a base to make an easy, cute holiday decoration!
This year, we have a new Christmas tree for our playroom. Previously, I had used the same little white tree for years (it made it through three years of teaching and Emmie's entire toddler stage…that's saying something), but last year the lights quit fighting the good fight around the 23rd of December. We found the cutest little replacement a couple of months ago and couldn't wait to give it its own style this Christmas!
We've always done the playroom tree in pink ornaments because, well…we only had a little girl. This year, it seemed like a change was in order. I had a set of red and green ornaments I had retired from the main tree that were just perfect for this one.
The only thing we didn't have for this tree was a topper. I knew what I wanted, but y'all know me…if I can make it with things around my house (without it looking like a 6 year old made it in art class), I'm going to do it. So last week, I got crafty.
Want to know what I used to make our playroom tree topper?
Oh yes friends…you're seeing that right. The red plastic cup we all know and love from our college days. It was just the right size for what I was wanting and would be a perfect hot glue base.
Here's how I did it!
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- 1 red plastic cup
- hot glue & gun
- 2 rolls 6″ deco mesh ribbon (different colors if desired)
- floral wire
- 8-10 matching pieces of floral stem
- 6-8 matching Christmas ornaments (varying sizes)
From each roll of deco mesh, cut 5 2′ pieces of ribbon.
Take your first piece of ribbon and loop it into a simple 2-lop bow. Do the same with an alternating color of ribbon and cross the bows (making an x). Thread a 1′ piece of floral wire through the middle of the x and tightly wind it around the 2 crossed bows to secure them together. Repeat this five times.
Take one of the completed x's and glue it on top of the cup. You'll need to hold this down until the glue dries to ensure it is secured (careful not to burn your fingers!).
Glue remaining x's all around the cup.
You should be starting the see the topper form, but still see parts of the cup.
Now, take your roll of deco mesh and cut out 5-10 1 foot pieces. Wind them up pretty tightly and glue the end of the loop to the cup so the loop will stick out from the topper and cover up some of the remaining cup that you can see.
I also used floral picks and ornaments to cover up the remaining visible cup. I probably used 6-8 ornaments and 5-10 picks (I had an old floral piece that I just removed the ends for the picks).
Not too bad, right? I'm guessing you probably have most of this on hand right now, and this project maybe took 30 minutes! I love how it turned out…you can't tell it's a cup at all and it was so much less expensive than shelling out the money for a professionally-made topper.
And the world will never know what you used to make it. 🙂
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Merry Christmas, everyone!