How to Make an Angel Tree Topper – Dollar Store Decorating

This week I’m joining in with some other DIY Bloggers for a week’s worth of Holiday themed Dollar Store Decorating posts. How fun! I created this lovely Angel Star Tree Topper. 

 You can find the previous post in this series over at Richella’s at Imparting Grace.

Here’s what I started with. I don’t have one of those Dollar Stores that sells everything for a dollar in my town, my dollar store has a range of prices, so I had to splurge and spend $3. Haha! Anyway, it’s a cardboard star with silver glitter, but the glitter was a bit cheap looking so it needed a makeover. Glass glitter always adds a richer, more old world appearance to ornaments, so I knew that’s just what this little tree topper needed!

Supply List:

1) Dollar Store Star Tree Topper
2)White Cardstock
3)School Glue Gel
4)German Glass Glitter (or quality glitter of your choice)
5)Silver Tinsel Trim
6)Hot Glue Gun

I began by applying a coat of School Glue Gel. This is the best stuff that I have found to use with Glass Glitter, it really grabs hold of the glitter and there is much less shedding then with some of the other glues that I’ve tried.

After applying the glue, sprinkle on the glitter and let dry. I usually do one side at a time and let it dry fully in between.

 Click HERE for the high resolution Printable Image.

Next print out the graphic, onto plain white card stock, and cut it out, trimming around the edges as closely as possible.

 I wanted to add a little extra dimension and texture, so I hot glued on some tinsel garland. (I don’t have a source for this, since I actually pulled it out of the trash heap at Lucketts one year! Hopefully your craft store will have something similar.)

 Just follow along the edges, hot glueing as you go, and then trim off any excess on the ends.

Next apply some hot glue to the center of the card stock and stick it onto the front of your Star.

And there you go! So much cuter right?

Here she is on my tree. I love how Vintage this looks, like an heirloom that’s been passed down through the years. The glass glitter will tarnish over the next few months, and when I pull her back out next Christmas it will have such a fabulous patina! I hope you enjoyed this fast and inexpensive Dollar Store Decorating project! Now hop on over to Tonya’s at Love of Family & Home for the next Tutorial in this series!

Also, be sure and stop back tomorrow for a fun linky party! All 8 of the Dollar Store Holiday Participants will be holding a big joint linky party! So stop on back and link up your own Dollar Store Holiday Projects! Woohoo!


  1. Very pretty, Karen! I love that image! Love the addition of the tinsel around it, too. I think it really was the perfect touch to add.

  2. Oh Karen…this is fabulous!!!! : ) I simply LOVE it…you did an awesome job…any tree in the world would be proud to be topped by this angel!!! Sending hugs…

  3. So pretty! I pinned this! Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. I I love this! It looks simply beautiful and I am pinning this as well! :)

  5. Wow Karen—terrific!

  6. Oh SO wonderful and precious Karen!!!

    Makes me smile to hear about you rescuing good stuff too :)

    • Thanks Patty! I’m glad you “get it”! haha. I just couldn’t leave it there, it was so sparkly and pretty, I knew I would find some kind of use for it!

  7. Beautiful Karen!

  8. The star topper is just beautiful and with your help it should be easy to make. Thanks.

  9. Karen, you’re just amazing! I can’t believe you made something this lovely for just a few dollars. Thank you for sharing your work so freely!

  10. This is so cute! I love it and it looks so easy to do.
    Debbie :)

  11. Absolutely gorgeous Karen! :) I’d already Pinned the image so now will Pin the project. Thank YOU!

  12. I love it and I love your Blog! I don’t need a tree topper right now, but I am definately going to make it into a star ornament. I may have to make several for gifts! Thank you for sharing :)

  13. Gorgeous as always Karen! The tinsel around the edges sets it off and thanks for the school glue tip!

  14. It’s so pretty! I already have a silver glittered star and that image so this will be easy! Thanks for the great idea!
    Michelle xoxo

  15. Beautiful project with great results!

  16. So beautiful. I’m going to try it–thanks for the how-to. I posted this on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

  17. I am looking for a male angel tree topper. My 23 year old son passed away July 28, 2012. During my searches for the male angel tree toppers I have come across other looking for a male angel. Can qanyone out their help me. Sharon Soliwoda Rearick (facebook) (email).

    Please if anyone can direct me where to look I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks Sharon Soliwoda Rearick, Levittown, PA

  18. Adorable craft for a good price! Love the sweet angle! Thanks for sharing I found this on Interest. Pop over and check out my blog I’m just getting started with my blog could use some tips ;-).

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