December’s here, and it’s time to deck the halls and trim the tree as you create your very own festive Wonderland! This Christmas we want to see what – or who – goes on top of your tree! Do you go for a classic star or angel, or something more quirky? Share a snap of your tree topper on social media using #CKWONDERLAND – our favourite will WIN a £100 shopping spree!*
You can make it a crafty Christmas too, as our clever friends Laura and Tia of Little Button Diaries have dreamed up two unique and fun tree toppers for us that are easy peasy to whizz up and sure to make your tree the talk of the town! There’s a sweet Beefeater to stand guard over your pressies and the prettiest rosy posy topper, inspired by our Christmas florals, for a blooming beautiful tree. Read on to find out how to make the Guard tree topper, click here for the rose, and discover more Christmas content to help you create your very own Wonderland here on the blog.
Guard tree topper
You will need
Cardboard tube (loo roll sized!)
Red, black, pale pink and yellow felt
Co-ordinating sewing thread
Red, blue and gold embroidery thread and needle
Double sided tape
Sewing machine (optional)
(Note: all seams are sewn with a 5mm seam allowance)
Begin by drawing around the end of the cardboard tube onto a piece of card. Pin the card onto black felt and cut out the circle, adding a border of roughly 1cm around the edge (below left). Cut 1cm tabs around the border to meet the edge of the smaller circle. Place a strip of double-sided tape around the top of the tube and stick the felt circle down, folding the tabs down (below right).
Print and cut the templates out and use them to cut out the following, using the felt: one black hat, one pink face, one red body, one pair of black legs, two pink hands, two red arms and one yellow star (below).
Line up the long edges of the hat and face pieces, then pin and sew together. (You can either use a sewing machine or hand stitch the pieces.) Repeat, sewing the body piece to the face, then the legs to the body (below). Place the felt under a piece of muslin cloth and press to flatten out the seams.
Pencil two little eyes and a mouth onto the centre of the Guard’s face, then stitch them in place using blue and red embroidery thread (below). Add three little gold stitches to the centre of the body for his buckles.
Stitch the arms onto the hands, with the edges lined up (below left). Press flat with muslin, then glue the edges of the star onto both hands and leave to dry (below right).
Place double sided tape onto the cardboard tube and wrap the felt around it, with the top edge lined up neatly with the top of the tube (below, top left and right). Line the arms up on the body and trim the tops to line up neatly with the neck of the guard. Glue the arms in place (below, bottom left).
Atten-tion! Your Guard is ready to report for tree topper duty!
*Competition Ts & Cs apply – read more here.