Make your Christmas tree topper a showstopper

Think of your Christmas tree as an ice cream sundae. The tree is the ice cream, the ornaments are the sprinkles, and your tree topper is the cherry on top. You eat the cherry first, right? Well, same thing with a Christmas tree. People are going to notice your tree topper before all the ornaments and garlands.

Now, unconventional colorful Christmas trees call for unconventional toppers. Here are some unique Christmas tree topper ideas that you can customize to fit your theme to make your tree pop.

1. Use a Group of Ornaments

Pinatas, cactus, and tinsel tree topper on a white christmas tree
The Theme: Feliz Navidad

If your tree has a distinct theme like my white tabletop tree does, continue the motif all the way to the topper. My Feliz Navidad tree is covered with colorful tinsel, piñata-shaped ornaments and even a hand painted souvenir from Mexico as the tree skirt. Why would I stop a good thing when it comes to the top of the tree? A grouping of mini piñatas and faux flowering cactus were what it needed.

2. Embellish an Existing Tree Topper

A plain angel atop a 7-foot tall pink tree doesn’t seem quite right. A plain angel with some extra floral picks and a ring of lights would be better. I’m not saying ditch your favorite plain Jane tree topper you have had for years. I’m saying embellish it. Kick it up a notch with the help of faux feathers and giant glittery gold sprigs.

Vintage angel tree topper with gold floral picks on a gold tree
The Theme: Celestial Champagne

Hark the Herald Angels sing, this is a tree full of sparkly goodness. The Toasted Champagne Gold Tinsel Tree is large and in charge already. But, there was enough space left in the room to add on an elaborate Christmas tree topper. It should be somewhat proportionate to your tree. If you have a big tree, go big with your topper. I continued the theme of this tree (metallics and angels) all the way to the tippy top.

Hot Pink Christmas Tree with Neon Bright Starburst Tree Topper
The Theme: Vegas Show Girl

My gorgeous hot pink tree came by its name because of the tree topper. It’s definitely an example of more is more. I kept adding more feathers, lights, and fabric-covered boxes. There’s even an actual store-bought topper buried in there. When it was all done, my sister told me to set the feathers down and back slowly away. My Christmas tree topper looked exactly like an elaborate headdress for a Vegas showgirl. Maybe I have found my calling and should move to Nevada.

3. Go Vintage

Tradtional Vintage Angel Tree Topper on a green Christmas tree
The Theme: Merry Kitschmas

This is as close to a traditional Christmas tree as it gets around these parts. The Oh Christmas Tree looks like a real one. On closer inspection the kitsch becomes more apparent. This tree is home to many vintage ornaments from the 1950s and 60s. These ornaments depict things like ducks as drum majors and puppies made of yarn pompoms. I threw in a few pieces from my vintage Fisher-Price collection for good measure. The vintage angel tree topper is embellished with retro plastic sprigs of holly.

Tabletop trees with vintage toppers

What is on top of your Christmas tree? Do you make a new vignette each year? Do you have a sentimental old one on standby? Why not consider transforming your go-to-topper this year into something extra special.

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