How to Anchor a Christmas Tree Topper

Christmas trees are notable for their garland, tinsel and ornaments, but the focal point of any Christmas tree is the topper that sits proudly at the top. Traditionally in the shape of an angel or star, the Christmas tree topper is like the bow on top of a wrapped gift. Sometimes, however, the topper has the tendency to tip over on the top supporting branch of the tree. Support the base of the topper to anchor it on top of the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft wire

  • Cone-shaped foam

  • Hot glue gun

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Stapler

  • Twine

  • Decorative bow

  • Hole punch

  • Garland

Step 1

Twist a piece of craft wire into a spiral cone shape. To twist the wire, wrap it around a cone-shaped piece of foam, and slide the foam out from the bottom once your shape is completed. This wire cone will fit around the top supporting branch of your tree. Attach the top of this wire cone to the base of your topper with hot glue.

Step 2

Attach pipe cleaners to the base of your Christmas tree topper. If the topper base is made of paper or thin material, you may be able to simply staple one end of the pipe cleaners in place. Otherwise, hold the pipe cleaners in place with glue or tape. Wrap the opposite ends of the pipe cleaners around the branch for support.

Step 3

Tie the base of the topper in place with a piece of thick twine. Jute twine works well for this purpose, as does fishing line or embroidery thread. Avoid using a material that is easily frayed, such as raffia. Keep the twine concealed by tying it low on the supporting branch where the pine branches will cover. You could also cover this twine with a decorative bow if desired for an even more festive and colorful effect.

Step 4

Attach the base of the tree topper to garland that you wrap around the tree. Punch holes in the base of the topper if possible to string the garland through, or tape one end of the garland in place. Place the Christmas tree topper on the supporting branch, and wrap the garland around the tree, starting from the top and working your way down.

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