I have been obsessing over the Mythic Nest Tree Topper from Anthropolgie since last season. It’s amazing. And priced at $428.00…..reinforcement that I have always had the unfortunate talent of picking out gorgeous things that I cannot afford. I am sure you can relate.
SO, I went on a little DIY frenzy, especially after reading that Anthro’s was made out of cardborad, glitter, paper and cotton. The goal: make a “similar” tree topper and do so without spending one dollar. Yep. NOT ONE DOLLAR. The day was black Friday and no way was I venturing out into the madness to pick up materials. Instead, I gathered things from around my house, my yard (yes) and created my own little crown jewel. The result: a lovely adornment to my vintage Christmas tree that not only is budget friendly, but that I can call my own.
Continue reading for the full DIY post with instructions. Enjoy!
I took pictures along the way so if you would like to read the step by step DIY instructions and view more images, click below.
Step One: Cut a piece of cardboard or posterboard to make the center. Mine is about 20 inches long and 5 inches tall. If you're like me and do not have a piece long enough, cut two pieces and tape the ends together. It wont show.
Step Two: Gathering the branches. Pick up some out of your yard or yank a few out of a floral arrangement or two. I did both. I also ripped apart a faux birds nest and used pieces from that.
Step Three: Using spray glue, cover the cardboard in glitter. I did not have enough silver to go around and again, did not spend any money, so I used a combo of silver and gold. Once it dried, I then began holepunching the cardboard and inserting twigs. There was no layout or strategic spacing involved. You want it to look random and imperfect.
Step Four: Using moss or another heavy textured material, wrap the base. Moss was about all I had that would work so I dusted it in gold spray paint to mute the green a little and then just patched it on with spray adhesive. After doing this, I realized I could just place the sticks and twigs in the moss rather than hole punching. Much easier.
Step 5: Add more glam. Over a paper plate, I dusted pearls in gold spray paint and then rolled them around in glitter. I also took pillow stuffing and spray glued it to a few styrofoam balls (making it look like cotton...or snow...whatever you think) and dusted these with glitter as well.
Place your pearls and styrofoam creations on the tiny twigs. Arrange them in the nest.