etsy 4 for Friday – Topping the tree

Etsy Tree Toppers etsy 4 for Friday – Topping the tree

It never fails. Every year Eric and I spend a few hours happily trimming the tree… until it’s time to pull out the topper. We’ve got a number of sub-standard tree toppers in our box of ornaments, and pretty much hate them all.

I lean towards a sparkly silver star that’s of nice quality, but doesn’t have any lights (and gets lost on the tree); while Eric wants the well-lit plastic star that (to me) looks a little cheap. This year, we compromised – stacking the nice silver star right on top of of the lighted star (Stef’s idea) creating a nice halo of light around the silver star. Well, as long as you are looking directly at it – from the sides it’s a little wonky.

So this 4 for Friday I decided to check out the handmade and vintage offerings at Etsy for the perfect tree topper. Eric will receive a Christmas present I know he’ll appreciate, and next year the tree trimming party won’t end on an unsatisfying note. Let’s take a look at a few of my prospects!

For a contemporary look, I’m digging this modern Christmas tree topper in silver. This cool topper is handmade to order out of laser-cut Latvian birch wood, then painted in your choice of gold or silver. Naturalists can order it with just a clear coat. $65

If we want a vintage feel, it’s hard to get more retro then this Silver Angel in a Tinsel Wreath. This classic tree topper arrives in its original packaging (ideal for storing) and features a silver angel holding a candle surrounded by a wreath of silver tinsel with ten lighted stars. $17

This one isn’t quite Eric’s style, but I’m charmed by this Traditional Double Sided Tree Top Bow. A handcrafted original design, this tree topper features faux silk green and red plaid ribbon paired with bright red velvet fishnet ribbon to trail vertically down the tree. It’s perfect for fans of of the shabby chic look. $56

Finally, I’m loving the look of this simple but sweet Vintage Angel Tree Topper. This one has a bit of the shabby chic feel as well as she’s showing a teeny bit of wear and tear. The Christmas angel has a sweet faced porcelain head and mesh wings and skirt. $15

Readers – what type of decoration tops your Christmas tree?

Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.

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    Stef Andrews

    @tyna speaks the truth. I am many times a witness to the topper disappointment. What should be the happiest moment of tree trimming is always a big fuss. “I hate our topper! Why didn’t I buy that one I saw at Pottery Barn that one year? No! Not that one – put the other one up!”

    A good topper is very important, people! Solid picks, T.
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    We have yet to set up our tree but plan to this weekend. I have a big red bow as a topper and some funky Angel. She needs serious help after so many years.. she’s almost lost her wing.. I also try to put some light up there…After Christmas, I’m going looking for a new topper! I always say I will but never do… Here’s to really doing it this year!

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      Tyna Werner

      Mark your calender for the day after Christmas and go buy a fabulous topper when everything goes on sale @irene! You won’t regret it next year – and will be so happy when you pull out a pretty, brand spanking new topper.

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      Tyna Werner

      It is really amazing, isn’t @lipglossandspandex – I think it’s my fave pick. Just wish it had some lights as well. Good luck finding the perfect topper! I totally understand being picky about matching ornaments and color themes _ I get a little obsessive with it too. What’s your tree color theme?

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    We have an angel topper made out of fabric (because my mom has an angel obsession. We have LOTS OF ANGELS. There is not one room without an angel, okay? It doubles during Christmas.) She’s about 20 years old, so she isn’t pure white with lace trim with ivory wings anymore. She’s more…off white and slightly yellow ivory because she isn’t washable because her hair is made out of straw! Ha ha ha.

    I think it’s pretty funny that’s she’s a little dingy but you could never tell when she’s up there. When people say, “Nice angel. Where’d you get it?” it sends us into fits of laughter. We always reply with, “The basement.” Hehehehe.

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      @tyna – You’d love our tree. We have lots of Super Glued back together ornaments (well, you can’t really tell they were Super Glued back together. The Dormouse has a particular habit of breaking) and the few that we love so much that, although broken, we hang up anyway (and our grandma rolls her eyes at because she would much rather have them in the trash!) NO! My ballerina does not go in the trash. It may be lacking a forearm, but it still goes on the tree. :)

      You can’t not have a few broken, but adored, ones when you’re military.

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    That vintage angel tree topper w/ the porcelain head has the same head as my favorite ornament–a red snow angel ornament that was my mom’s favorite ornament growing up. When my mom passed and certain family members raided her things like vikings raiding a village, I gave up hope of ever seeing that beauty again. When helping my brother clean out their mini-storage, I discovered the delicate ornament in the bottom of a box of sharp and rusty things–nobody would have found her if I hadn’t gone through the box of garbage and she almost got thrown out because she wasn’t with the other ornaments. She’s now proudly displayed on my tree. I now kind of want the matching tree topper…

    My husband’s and my tree is eclectic. We have a holiday tradition of getting one ridiculous ornament every year, so there’s a bunch of bizarro ones (Glitter armadillo, anyone? How about a glass handlebar moustache?), and I have been collecting Wedgwood ornaments for the last few years, so I have a bunch of those. We have a bunch of older ornaments from my childhood (my mom purged her ornaments when I got married) and a bunch of A Christmas Story, super heroes, and Star Wars ornaments. I also have a few other Hallmark ornaments that bring me joy. Like Beaker meeping his way through “Ode to Joy”. Anyhoo, we have gold garland up, a gold star tree topper that’s woven metal with mini gold stars, white lights, and a rainbow assortment of glass balls, etc. as filler. It’s a sassy tree.

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      Stef Andrews

      Oh, I’m so glad you got your Mom’s ornament! That’s very sweet. And I think those little things can mean so much more than things with what’s deemed as “worth”. When my grandmother passed away my Mom grabbed me a cigar box she stashed away little random things in. Old driver’s licenses, dog tags, dice, whistles…just all these little things that she kept for whatever reason. I pull that box out and go through the things and it makes me feel close to her.

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      Tyna Werner

      Gorgeous ornament @Krista – the face is so sweet. I’m so glad you found your very favorite ornament from your Mom’s tree (although the part about Vikings pillaging through her stuff makes me mad – families can be so insane and mean over stuff like that – but that’s another story for another day). I’m happy it has a happy ending and that the angel ornament now has a place of honor on your incredible tree.

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    Great picks, @tyna ! I love tree toppers and have collected a bunch of them over the years. The one that always ends up on the tree is an antique gold angel with a broken wing that I have to tape back on every year. I kind of love it even more because it’s not perfect.

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    Oh, that angel reminds me of our family Christmas tree topper that we had all the years growing up. She was holding white lights, however, and was all in gauzy white. The cord was old–the angel was from the fifties. I was always afraid she’d cause a fire. The gauzy chiffon would get dusty and gray and parts of her were brittle. She had blondehair. Sigh. I remember as a teenager asking why we didn’t have a star like normal people. Dad liked the angel, end of discussion. I don’t know if she’s still around…I haven’t been home for a Christmas in more than 15 years. Sigh again.

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    Oh yeah, I was just this year again lamenting the nice glittery-yet-unlit star on our treetop. “Lights,” I said, “it needs lights.” Exactly for the reason you mention–it gets lost. If I had a spotlight for the star, it may be perfect. As it is, I’m thinking of going for that retro-angel.

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