So, I have a cheap plastic Christmas Tree. I got it on sale last year and when I put it up this year I suddenly remembered everything I hate about the tree. Full and nice up top, but sparse and bare looking on the bottom. And way too bright! Might as well have a super nova sitting next to the fireplace! Worst of all, I didn't own a tree topper and I'd rather poke myself in the eye than go shopping for one.
This year, I was determined to not have it look crappy. The dilemma is that cute ornaments cost money and I'm stingy. Also, ornaments by themselves don't solve the brightness problem. I needed some lanterny things to dampen the super nova.
I had a Pantone swatch book sitting around and a tin of brass tacks. A few hours of watching trashy tv later, I had a decorated tree. Including a tree topper that I actually like!
This is the whole shebang all lit up.
The topper. I spray painted the outside bronze, otherwise it would have been white. It looks better in person, the lights inside it shine better.
One of the lanterns I made to cover the lights. These were super easy to make and I think they came out very nice. Also, they were easy to put on the tree. No annoying wire hooks required.
This is one of the regular ornaments I made from the swatches.