Friday, December 24, 2010

Last minute Santa Hat tree topper

Last minute tree
This year Christmas is a little befuddled in our house.  I won't bore you with the details.
Anyway, we didn't have a tree.  And I was OK with that, I thought.

Yesterday afternoon the Christmas Spirit visited Mrs. Scrooge and I decided we needed a tree after all.  Where would Santa put the gifts if we didn't?

A mad rush to the nearest craft store ensued.  The good thing is about being a procrastinator is that you get REALLY good deals on trees.
The down side is that decorations are in short supply.

Since our cute new little 4 ft tree is too small for our giant tree topper, I had a problem.

I internet surfed a little looking for quick tree toppers to make but had no luck.  I really didn't want an angel made out of paper plates.

On some decorating web site  - can't remember which one - I saw a Santa hat topper. C-U-T-E!
But no time to order one, I'm afraid.

My brain sprang into action.
I know we had a couple of old hats somewhere.

Here's what I did:
1. Measured how tall I'd need the topper to be.
2. Cut the hat to size - chopped off the bottom.
3. Trimmed off the white trim and reattached it to the new smaller hat.
4. I had to reinforce the top of the tree a little, since artificial trees have really flimsy tops.  I just stuck two wooden skewers in there.
5. I also had to wrap the top bit in ribbon to allow the hat to slide down and not get stuck on the pine needles.
6. I stuffed some of the fabric remnants into the hat to help the pom-pom stay up because it was flopping over.
Last minute tree topper
I'm happy!


  1. A wonderful Christmas save!
    My hat's off to you!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. >>I'm happy!<<

    and that is all that counts, darlin'

    quite a stunning photo

    Happy holidays !

  3. What a cute tree! Even if you procrastinated, it is just wonderful! Merry Christmas, Anina!

  4. how cute- we got a different tree this year and the tree topper I had for years doesn't sit well on it so I have nothing on the top - I never thought of an idea like this - next year - it is almost time to take it down now!

  5. Mine was late too, and almost didn't happen. But daughter came to the rescue and made Frank take the tree down. We have no ornaments, just pointsettias and baby's breath! BUt it is still beautiful

    Merry merry!

  6. That is sooooo cute! Merry Christmas.

  7. Really cute idea. Looks very good, ex-Mrs. Scrooge!!!

    Merry Christmas

  8. Merry Christmas A nina to you and your family! Unlike most countries we celebrate two Christmas Days!

  9. That is Toooo Cute Anina! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  10. That hat is just as cute as can be! Very clever too. :-)

  11. I'm glad that the Christmas spirit stopped by - nice save! nb. I just folded the top of an artificial tree back on itself to make it more sturdy.

  12. Such a great idea & so cute too! :) Happy New Year Anina!

  13. lovely topper!

    and hope you had a fantabulous Christmas

  14. So cute! And ingenious, too.

    I hope you had an amazing holiday season! :)