Friday, December 6, 2013

Sweater Star Christmas Tree Topper Tutorial

A little girl had her dreams come true. The wonder of Christmas, in Christmas tree glory, got set up in her own room this year. 


The only thing missing...a star for the top of her tree.

This little Christmas tree is filled with handmade ornaments so it seemed only fitting the tree be topped with something handmade as well.  With a box of Grace's outgrown clothes on hand, I decided to make star for the top of her tree out of an old sweater.


Believe it or not, it was easy to make and required absolutely NO sewing.

To make your own sweater star, find yourself an outgrown sweater, some cardboard and hot glue.

Get started by tracing a star onto sturdy cardboard and then cut it out.


Place the cardboard star onto an old sweater.  Again, I used one of Grace's outgrown sweaters...I think it makes this handmade star even more meaningful. 

Using a water soluble pen, trace around the cardboard star.


Cut your star out, leaving an excess of about 1/4th of an inch around the line you traced.  I cut through the front and back of the sweater at the same time.


Place the cardboard star over one section of sweater you just cut into the star shape.  Wrap the tips of the star over the cardboard and hot glue them all into place.

When the points have been glued into place, apply hot glue down the length of the stars.  Fold the sweater sides over and glue into place.  


To finish, using hot glue, glue the second section of sweater to the front of the star.  *I worked one side at a time, tucking the sweater under to create a faux seam.  Basically, you want the raw edge of the remaining star, folded under and then glued into place, sandwiching it between the bottom layer.


Leave the center bottom of your star unglued.  Through this opening, you will be able to secure place the star on top of your Christmas tree.


Once a sweater...


 Now a Christmas tree topper...with a little more meaning.

23 comments:

  1. Amy, that is a wonderful idea. I still have my daughter's outgrown sweater and I could use it. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend! :)

    Anne @ The Pink Momma

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  2. The most meaningful star I have ever seen...So touching!

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  3. This is a wonderful idea and one that gives the tree topper more sentimental meaning. And I love that Grace has her very own tree in her room... how special that must be for her. :)

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    1. Grace can't get enough of Christmas this year. Everything is magical to me..which makes it incredibly special for me.

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  4. How special that you made it out of her old sweater! Do yall have a big "family" tree too?

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  5. PS Love the first photo. The glow is perfect!

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  6. What a sweet and meaningful star - love it!

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  7. I love repurposing clothes and making crafts out of them. I also enjoy that there is no snowing involved. A quick, beautiful project. Great job!

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  8. Absolutely fabulous! I love it! And it has so much meaning for you and Grace! :)

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  9. That star is so special Amy. I love that you shared a photo of a younger Grace wearing the sweater at Christmas time. How wonderful! Also, I think it's so great that Grace is learning by your example that things can have meaning beyond their practical purpose.

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  10. That's beautiful Amy just the perfect topper, I won't be telling Madeleine we put a little tree in their room but it has only 1 decoration because I'm a bad mummy

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  11. That is an adorable topper with so much memory in it! Pinning

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    1. Thank you so much Maureen. I was really happy with how it turned out and I do think it will make me smile each year I pull it out.

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  12. So cute! My girls have their own tree for the first time this year - and they are THRILLED about it!

    Love this sweater star... you're giving me all sorts of crafty ideas, Amy!

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  13. Fun idea! I bet Miss Grace loves her own Christmas Tree.. I considered doing one for my little guy but then quickly decided he's too young lol.. I SO love the star made from the old sweater. What a wonderful memory it will be for you both each Christmas when you pull it out again :) Happy Holiday season!!

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  14. I pinned this because I love it and because I have a sweater I've been saving for something fun! My kids always loved having a small tree in their room!

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  15. I love it. That is such a great idea.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Oh wow! I love this Amy. You always find the coolest things to do with the old baby clothes. And so simple, brilliant!! Thanks:)

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