One of the most cherished traditions of Christmas, besides opening the presents, is the moment the Christmas Tree Topper goes onto the top of the tree. This tradition is usually reserved for one member of the family who bravely reaches up to the top of the tree as everyone waits in anticipation. Once the tree topper is securely in place, plugged in if it has lights, and the same family member is back down with everyone else, does Christmas seem to begin.
Christmas tree toppers are very important to a finished tree and you can find them as stars, ribbons, angels and so many other things. You can buy them or make them and the homemade variety can add a special finishing touch to the holiday tree.
This craft, which can be done with children of almost all ages, is an excellent way to make the Christmas tree topper much more than a treasured tradition; you can also make it a treasured memory.
What you need:
- Foam Craft Ball (about 3 inches)
- Small Foam Craft Cone (you want one where the ball perched above it will look like the head of an angel.)
- White Construction paper
- Colored Construction paper
- White crafter’s glue
- 2 Pipe cleaners (gold)
- 2 buttons
- Pink yarn
- Colored yarn (choose a color that resembles a hair color.)
- Using the crafter’s glue, attach the ball to the top of the foam cone. This will give you the shape of your angel. If you would like a thicker neck on your angel, simply shave down the point of the foam cone.
- While you are waiting for your angel to dry, have your child color the white construction paper. Let them be as decorative as they would like and you can offer them glitter and sequins to add a shiny look to the angel.
- Once the cone is dry, cut out a cone shape from the white construction paper that was decorated. Carefully glue it around the foam cone. You can have a bit of an overhang to give the appearance of a dress. You can also punch holes into the overhang so it looks like lace. Set aside until it is dry.
- Using the buttons and the pink yarn, make the angels face by gluing them onto the foam ball.
- Make the hair by gluing it yarn to the top of the ball. You can loop the yard to give a full appearance.
- Form your halo with the pipe cleaner and attach a second pipe cleaner to the back to form a base for your halo to sit above the angel’s head. It works best if you double the base pipe cleaner up so it has more weight for support.
- Poke a hole into the back of the ball and insert the pipe cleaner base. Add a small drop of crafter’s glue to the hole to ensure a secure fit.
- While the glue is drying, cut out a pair of wings and attach them to the back of the angel’s body with the crafter’s glue and allow it to dry overnight.
Once you have the angel all done, all you will need to do is agree on who can top the Christmas tree with it.