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Friday, December 4, 2009

Anthropologie Inspired Tree Topper~Craft 3

Late last week I found myself in a certain favorite store perusing their seasonal displays. I picked up their recent catalog and found myself enamoured with the Mythic Nest Tree Topper. It was a crown of sorts truly fit for a magical snow queen. Alas, it had a price tag that was also reserved for royalty.


It made me think about my own tree topper, if you call one huge velvet bow a tree topper. It was tired and I had lost that loving feeling. So I grabbed a glue gun and a few supplies and created this:


This tree topper was made to my taste and for a lot less money. Here are the supplies that I started with:
1. 10 inch styrofoam wreath bought for another project over a year ago.
2. One white dove found in the still overflowing craft closet.
3. Barbara Trombley's Art Ultrafine Art Glitter, color: moondust
4. Jim Holtz Distress Ink, color: vintage photo
5. Assorted pearl picks purchased from Michaels after Christmas sale last year for like 22 cents a piece. (I checked and they carry the same picks this year.)
6. Wired tinsel in gold and white.
7. Vintage sheet music
9. Mod Podge
10. The good ole glue gun

Music lovers please cover your ears while I randomly tear the sheet music into strips and apply it to the styrofoam base with Mod Podge.



Next, it was time to stick in the picks. I made a hole first with a toothpick and then gingerly eased in the picks so I didn't damage the glitter coatings. (The first pick I just tried to jam into the styrofoam and it disintegrated.) I didn't have enough picks to suit my taste so I hot glued on a few mini silver pine cones I had leftover from a display last year. Then I took apart the pearl picks and randomly scattered the beads throughout what I had begun to tell my kids was a "Crown for Jesus".



I've seen some aged birds around blogland. I have no idea how they are created. I imagine it may have something to do with tea dying, but I was in a hurry. So I just took a cosmetic sponge and dabbed a little distress ink onto it and then onto the bird. I put a bit of glue onto the beak, tail and wing feathers and then covered the areas with a bit of glitter. I then clipped off a wee piece of tinsel and hot glued it around the neck and covered the ends with a pearl. The bird was then applied onto the crown with the glue gun. Tres magnifique!



Is it ok to say that I like my crown even more than the Mystic Nest?



While Mr. Decor and the decorettes thought I had flown over the cuckoo's nest when I began this project they were eating crow by the time the last pearl was placed.



Of course a tree topper must be shown on the tree.



I apologize for not commenting as much lately. I am scrambling to write two term papers, work on a final project, and have begun studying for finals.

Go make a beautiful mess and be blessed.

46 comments :

"Blossom" said...

Your's turned out beautiful. I love this idea.

Mildred said...

Good Morning Laura, Your tree topper is delightful! How talented and creative you are to use so many of the items you already had. It truly is beautiful.

jewelstreet said...

You are the craftiest person ever. I think you even top Martha. Fab-U-lous.

Don't work too hard and good luck!

Frippery said...

Brilliant and beautiful. I gotta get out my glue gun!!!

Pia said...

beautiful.
good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Looks great! What a unique idea for a tree topper! I too have a big lame bow. I used to have a star, but the lights in it were red and it gave off this kind of demonic look, so we decided to let it go...

TRay said...

LOVE THIS!!

Connie said...

"Gasp" and gorgeous, chickee!!! Ooooooooooooohhhh
xoxo,
Connie

merium said...

just beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Psst ~ I like yours better, too, Laura! Very pretty! You've got me making a list of what I'll be stocking up on AFTER Christmas at Michaels this year.

Jingle said...

You did a GREAT job with this! It is gorgeous!

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a great job. And Anthropologie is is out of my realm too!

xoxo
Jane

Bettyann said...

I love your tree topper..much better than the costly one

red.neck chic said...

Oh my gosh girl - THAT IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! I love Anthro - I have to tell you though... I think yours is prettier!

Yep, I said it!!!

;-D Robelyn

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Laura, your so creative and I think this turned out great! I love the rustic feel of the branches but also the whimsy of the music notes, beads and bird! I am so sorry I have not stopped by as often as I have wanted to...still in the midst of remodeling. Feeling like I am missing out on all the Christmas decorating. Hoping we have at least one tree up by Christmas. lol Good luck on your term papers and finals...you simply are amazing!! Hugs and love friend,

~Victoria~

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, it's beautiful! You are so smart. Good luck on your finals. laurie

A Nest With A View said...

That is really beautiful. Love it and I am loving these project posts!

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

Just beautiful!! I think it looks even better than Anthropologies!
Merry Christmas ~ Jenn

bj said...

It is just AB SO LUTELY FABULOUS..I just love it..you did a great job and now....I WANT ONE FOR MY LITTLE TINY TREE...:)

Mom in High Heels said...

I like yours better than the inspiration! It's so pretty! Our tree "theme" this year is red, white and silver and I don't have a tree topper yet. I just may make a snow crown for it.

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Just lovely! And what a fab idea thanks for sharing. Warm hugs, Esther

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Absolutely delightful! I love "nontraditional" tree toppers!

Anonymous said...

oooh so preeetyy!!
Evelyn

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,

Love the tree crown and yes, it is OK to love yours more than the one in the store. Isn't it fun to see an idea and then make it your own? Fun and fanciful idea. Best of luck on getting all those papers done!

Tanya said...

What a beautiful tree topper. It looks great even sitting on the table!

Linda said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I love it much more than the Anthropologie one and THAT'S saying A LOT from me ;-)
As you know how I adore that store, but alas, those prices....

Mod Podge Amy said...

I love expensive store re-dos, also known as "hacks" - yours looks fab!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I love your tree topper! It turned out beautiful!

koralee said...

Wow....you inspire me. I love this idea. Thank you so so much for sharing..your crown is fit for any tree especially your lovely tree.

Mimi said...

HI!!!
I love that store, but agree it is quite pricey!!!!!
I shop their sale section!!!!
I love that tree topper!!!! It is so natural and real looking!!!!So amazing!!! YOU are talented my friend!!!!!
hugs,
jamie

Micah said...

You did a awesome job! I am so impressed:)

Tricia Samsal said...

Aboslutely adorable! Love it, Laura. I think I might have to make one too. Maybe in a vintage distressed pink tone??? You are a crafting star!
Hugs, Tricia

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love it and I am probably the only person on the planet that has never been to that store nor seen a catalog but I think your version is amazing.

tammy

Maija said...

That is so freaking amazing Laura!! It makes me want to run out and make one! In fact I think I will!! You rpck! Thank you!

Pat said...

I think it is beautiful!! I am amazed that you created such a gorgeous topper with things you already had...what a talent!

Thrifty Little Blog said...

I love that look! The music sheets are the perfect touch- great job!!

honeysuckle said...

That is very close to the original one and I'm sure a lot less money!!

Centsational Girl said...

So stunning and amazingly artistic! Thanks so much for the step by step and for linking up today !

janice said...

CUTE! THANKS FOR SHARING.

JANICE

Ellen said...

Wow! These look great! I love the one with the buttons!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

WOW! I saw your blog and it got my attention and then I saw Anthropologie! You and Anthro can't get any better! Love it love it!

Elz said...

What a clever idea, it turned out better than Anthropolgie's, that's a serious accomplishment. Thanks for stopping by today, I'll have to dive in to your blog more tonight! Thanks again for sharing.

Wanda said...

Really gorgeous! I love it! Very chic!

Liz said...

Oh! I think this is a FAB idea. I have such a hard time getting all of tree topper stuff centered. This would solve that issue perfectly.

Thanks for the inspiration!
~Liz

Little Lovables said...

truly gorgeous!!

Maija said...

Once again, yours turned out beautiful!! Mine looks like the glitter fairy flew over my wreath and crapped glitter all over it!
Happy New Year!!