Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Topping the Tree: The Sequel

As promised, I have created and documented the process of topping my tree. Here's a sneak peak at the final result:

I first had to shop for a few supplies. I chose various berries, garlands (which I cut to size), and my latest obsession, feathers.

I was lucky enough to hit a 25% off sale.

Here's my boring tree top. I used my handy step ladder to reach. I started by standing on the chair next to the tree. Not a good idea. Myself and the tree just about ended up on the floor. Oops!

My first step was to start placing the various items at the top, extending the stems down so that they would stay put, but not poke out.

I added more and more, until it was nice and full, stepping back regularly to identify any bare spots.

A few of the items stuck out at an odd angle. I just cut them down to size and replaced them in the topper.

I wanted to add a bow to the topper. I held up this gold one, and a plaid one. I went with a plaid as I love plaids, and I thought it was a bit more casual, more in keeping with the look of the tree. As I will post later, my tree has a more a collected over time look, rather than a theme, or matching colours. The informality of the plaid was perfect.

I used a handy bow guide, in an old edition of Country Living magazine.

I am no bow pro, but I think it turned out well. I used wired ribbon, and basically created a number of loops, twisting them after each loop.

I then used wire to hold the bow together, and trimmed the tails.

The finished bow.

Here are a few close ups of the finished product. I am very pleased with the results!

Linking to my Favorite Parties!


Amy R. said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree looks way better than mine. I need to work on ours this weekend. Great job. My hubby is a vet too:)

Amy R.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

That is a very pretty topper and tree. I love those feathers and need to get some. Thanks for joining the party this week.

Sue said...[Reply to comment]

Your tree topper turned out really pretty, Andrea. I like the natural items that you used- the sticks, the feathers. It is a casual look, like you wanted, but it adds a lot of flair, too. Good choice to go with the plaid bow. I have to admit that I am a poor bow maker- I've had people show me and I still don't think they look at all like theirs! Oh well, we all have our different talents, don't we? Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I appreciate the time it takes to visit. I am so far behind in my decorating this year- there is no way I'll make it to all those parties. I took a look at a previous post where you showed how you built up your mantel garland on a board. How ingenius! I always end up with a mess sticking in sprigs of greenery, then it pokes out...... Your ideas was great. I like the use of sticks again. I have a lot of reading and comment returning to do, but I'll be back to visit again. :-)

Something Nice and Pretty said...[Reply to comment]

Very nice, I love the feathers, I have two that I guard so that nothing happens to them.LOL


Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...[Reply to comment]

The topper looks great! I love the natural elements and gives it a rustic feel to me! I really like the feathers!

Becca said...[Reply to comment]

Love your tree topper! I'm a huge fan of feathers and using them (as well as other spiky items) for toppers and adding a big ol' bow, as well! Thanks for sharing, *Becca*

Tete said...[Reply to comment]

Very pretty! Looks like the tree has a fancy hat on!
Hugs- Tete

Karena said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea a fabulous tree topper! It is so beautiful!

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too Blessed to Stress said...[Reply to comment]

oh wow! what a great way to incorporate your love of feathers. I love how full it looks :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Honey at 2805 said...[Reply to comment]

Love the tree and topper. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions! I'm becoming a follower.

Kathy said...[Reply to comment]

very pretty =The feathers look so nice on top of the tree

Nook Cranny Gifts said...[Reply to comment]

What a great tree topper. I love the great outdoors. There is nothing better than bringing the outdoors inside when we decorate our homes.
Happy Holidays

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

Love the feathers!!! What a gorgeous look~ your tree is beautiful! Thank you for sharing at my party this week! :)

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...[Reply to comment]

The feathers are a divine idea ~ well done!

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Happy Holidays to you!! :O)


Sherri @ Design2Shine said...[Reply to comment]

So pretty! I love the feathers.

Jenny Harris said...[Reply to comment]

Very nice! I've been enjoying all the "wow" tree toppers that I'm seeing, and yours is definitely one to add to the inspiration list! Merry Christmas!

Jane said...[Reply to comment]

I love this! It's a creative alternative to the traditional angel and star toppers.