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DIY Christmas tree toppers

Ditch the store-bought tree toppers and make these 5 original designs.

DIY Christmas tree toppers

Styrofoam tree topper

This simple and quick make will only take you 15 minutes to complete. You'll need a styrofoam ball, gold spray paint (or any colour of your choice), pipe cleaners of varying lengths and a piece of PVC pipe about 3 inches long. Spray paint your styrofoam ball, and once dry bore holes around its entire circumference, ensuring that one is big enough for the PVC pipe. Stick your pipe cleaners in each hole, ensuring that some are longer to give your make a bit more dimension. Spray paint your PVC pipe, and once dry place it in the larger hole. Pop it on top of your tree and watch dinner guests' eyes light up.

Crochet Santa hat

Give your tree a cosy feel by whipping up a cute Santa hat. You'll be able to build on your crochet skills while adding warmth to your tree. Source white and red yarn, a crochet hook and a simple tutorial online – there are many so you'll have no problem getting your mitts stuck into this one!

Large bow

A bit of ribbon, a stapler and embellishments is all it'll take to make this stand-out design. Tie your ribbon into a bow, ensuring that you staple any flyaway pieces to secure. Adhere glitter, buttons or any other embellishments you see fit, before laying it on top of your tree. We think gold or silver ribbon would add a touch of sparkle to any décor, so why not try it out?

Pom-pom topper

A multi-coloured pom-pom topper may be just what you need to draw attention to your tree. Source varying sizes of coloured pom-poms, or you can make them yourself! You'll also need a medium-sized styrofoam ball, a glue gun and a drill.

Festive wire make

Just using pipe cleaners, wire, pliers and wire clippers can help you to create something lovely. If you've got thoughts of a word that really sums up what Christmas means to you, then why not turn it into a topper? We've decided to go with the word 'joy', so to start you'll need to cut your wire to your desired length, ensuring that it's long enough to create a spiral, so that it can sit comfortably on your tree. Use pipe cleaners to wrap around your wire until it is fully covered, then place on your tree with pride.