Today, I’m sharing with you my very simple neon Christmas tree topper. I know, neon doesn’t really scream Christmas, but I’m running with it. And there’s a funny (to me) story that goes along with it.
When we moved to our new house in 2012, Adam mentioned having two Christmas trees and I blanched. Two? Really? Sure, we had upgraded from our sad “Charlie Brown” tree that cost us $20 when we moved in together, but it seemed indulgent to have two. You’re talking to a girl who grew up in a small ranch style house in a firmly middle class neighborhood. Rich people had two trees. We had one.
But, Adam and I still had that small, sad tree hanging around and I hated to just dump it in a landfill, so I decided to embrace the idea and run with it. It helped that I gained points with my hubby. 😉 That sad, small tree ended up in our basement for the holidays. And honestly, once I had decorated it, it didn’t seem so sad (just as I had realized every single year in our small first apartment).
Fast forward to this year when I announced to Adam that I wanted to buy another small, sad tree for the basement – this time in white. Now, Adam is pretty laid back, but he is a Christmas purist. He likes real trees best – but indulges my preference for fakes. But telling him I wanted a white tree – well that must’ve really shaken him.
Adding to that, I told him I had plans to decorate it in neon colors. Yeah. I guess I’ve embraced this whole second tree thing. My sweet hubby goes along with it. I think he’s created a monster.
So we now have three trees, but I’m only using two and I’m DIYing most of the decorations for the neon tree. With all my busy-ness I’m probably insane, but there it is. 😉
Here’s how to make this ridiculously simple neon Christmas tree topper:
You’ll need craft foam, a sharp craft knife or scissors, a straight edge, a toilet paper tube, a stapler, some glitter tape (or paint) and a hot glue gun.
First, I cut the foam in several different sized squares. The largest was 6 inches x 6 inches and decreased in size by an inch with each color.
Blue – 6×6
Pink – 5×5
Orange – 4×4
Yellow – 3×3
Lime – 2×2
Bright green – 1×1
I used adhesive foam, and to make it thicker, I stuck two pieces together, but if you wanted to make it even easier, you could buy thicker foam. Michaels just didn’t have any when I went so I made do.
Then I layered the squares like you see below. You could really put them in any pattern you wanted, I just wanted something that resembled a star. I hot glued them together with a few dots of glue.
Then, I grabbed a toilet paper roll and stapled one end shut. This is the cone that will sit over the top bough of your tree.
Cover it in glitter tape like I did, or you could even paint it, or just cover it in glitter. It’s up to you!
To secure the cone to the “star” I just hot glued two of the three sides together, making a pocket and slid the cone inside and secured it with some more hot glue. Easy peasy!
I’m going to reveal more of my neon tree decor soon, so stay tuned!
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