DIY: Mario Star Lamp or Tree Topper
For years, I’ve wanted to have my own Christmas tree to decorate my way. This year, it finally happened. For our first christmas together, I was more than stoked to get our tree up. When I started to spill my ideas to Andrew, he was excited too. It was something I didn’t think he really cared about. He was more than happy to get some supplies and even came up with some of his own ideas.
One thing that was decided long ago was that I wanted a mario star for my tree topper. They aren’t easy to find so I figured I would just make one. At first I planned to go at it different ways. I had originally planned to just make a plush star and tie it to the tree. Then I found a cute star that I thought would suffice after I covered it with felt or silk. When we found out that that star was out of stock, we started to get creative. We found a generic star outline tree topper that we would cover and fill with stuffing and lights. However, we never just buy one thing at a store and ended up wandering our local Target. We took a turn into the furniture aisle and I saw something that was exactly what we needed. We bought it and got to work.
What You Need:
- Yellow Felt – I had 2 yds, which was waaaay more than needed.
- Small Square of Black Felt
- Smaller Square of White Felt (not pictured)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Package of extra Glue – However, I may have used way more than required.
- Xhilaration® Star Marquee Light - $14.99 (product no longer listed on Target’s website. Check your local stores or order from here (at your own risk))
Obviously, you don’t need to get the same lamp. You can do this with the same supplies with any star shaped tree topper. I chose the lamp because it would provide an even glow to our star.
Now, I don’t have pictures of all the steps. However, this is more than simple to follow. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will be more than happy to answer.
We placed the star lamp upside down, light side down, on a table over our laid out felt. We took the sharpie and traced the star.
Before cutting out your traced star, strategically draw tabs onto your trace. The tabs are needed to help glue it together. This step is just going to cover the side with the lights. Also, make sure you cut lines out of the corners to allow for better folding.
Cut out your felt star pattern. Be sure to follow the lines and be sure to cut as close to them as possible without actually cutting on the line. This gives the right amount of slack.
Once your pattern is cut out, place it atop the lamp covering the open part of your lamp with the lights. Be sure it fits so that you can not see any white. Ours was a very close cut but it did fit, perfectly. Essentially, I had to be careful with glueing so that I didn’t pull it too taut.
Start at the top of the lamp and place a dot of glue under a tab and carefully, press the tab onto the glue.
Continue glueing the tabs down around the star. Hot Glue can dry pretty quickly so be sure to work quickly but DO NOT try to glue a each tab faster than every 30 seconds. Give it enough time to start to dry before moving to the next tab. This is important because if it is cut correctly, you will need to pull the felt tight to be sure to cover the entire open side. Of course, pulling it too soon can pull tabs you’ve already glued off.
Once your tabs are all glued down, be sure to go back over and glue any extra tabs or extra pieces down.
Now, place the lamp onto the felt at an edge. We’re going to cover the side. Figure out how thick this piece needs to be and cut until you’re sure it will go all around the star.
Place the end of the strip at an inner edge of the star, I started at the bottom by the wire. I cut out a slit to make sure the wire wasn’t covered and stuck out from under the felt.
Slowly glue each side of the points at a time. Make sure it is tight and covers the tabs from the earlier steps.
Here is the finished product.