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8 Beautifully Unusual Christmas Tree Topper Ideas

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Most Christmas trees have always traditionally included either a star or an angel at the very top, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break the rules a bit by using something else that’s perhaps a little more modern or that fits better with the theme and style of your decor. The possibilities are really endless, and your unconventional tree topper might even serve as a great conversation starter for your holiday party or family get-together. Here are just eight great ideas to consider. And if you don’t want to take the time to make these a lot have similar styles available online! For instance, we love this gold bow ornament topper or this fun Christmas gnome hugging the tree!

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How The Grinch Saved The Christmas Tree

Dr. Suess’s character of The Grinch is one of the most beloved and one of the most fun to play around with. This Grinchy Christmas tree topper can either be ordered with just the Grinch legs or with the bow included. It’s sure to be a hit with family and especially kids! The bestseller is available from this Etsy shop.

A Royal Crown

You put a lot of work into making your tree look absolutely stunning, so an elegant crown might be the perfect finishing touch! Take a look at these two trees with crown tree toppers from Shabby Story and Pinterest user Angelika Rohraff.

Shabby chic crown tree topper
Crown on top of Christmas tree

A Stylish Hat

For more of a fun look that’s somewhat similar to the elegant crown topper idea, you could rummage through your closet to see what kinds of old hats you might be able to dress up and use. This tree from Swingn’ Cocoa uses a matching white top hat, while this cowboy hat pinned by Pinterest user Kylie Hoegermeyer works perfectly with the western-themed bandanas and star decorations.

White top hot with feather that matches a white tree
Small cowboy-themed Christmas tree with hat

Peacock Feathers

If you love a blue and green color scheme, you could take inspiration from one of the most beautiful birds in existence by decorating your tree to look sort of like a peacock. This topper from Arcadia Decor goes all out with lots of different feathers and ribbons, whereas a similar topper that was sold by Etsy shop Horns Handmade tones it down a bit with some of the feathery details.

Large peacock-inspired tree topper with lots of blue and green ribbon
Beautiful peacock feather bow tree topper

A Pair of Antlers

A pair of antlers on top of your tree would work great if you’re spending Christmas in a cabin or at home surrounded by rustic decor. Life in Bonita Springs uses a star topper, but combines it with a pair of real deer antlers to frame it in a neat way.

Antlers paired with a star tree topper

Don’t like the look of real antlers? Try a faux pair, like this lovely example of a decorative reindeer head featured by Lia Griffith.

Faux reindeer head tree topper

The Eiffel Tower

Most people might agree that the Eiffel Tower is one of the prettiest famous landmarks in the entire world — and for that reason, it can even go on top of your Christmas tree! See how easily this Eiffel Tower replica from Makeup by Tiffany D sits on top of a tree and check out how the one featured on Undomestic Goddess can even be lit up with mini lights.

Shimmering Eiffel Tower tree topper
Large Eiffel Tower tree topper lit up with lights

Old Sheet Music

If you’re feeling up to taking on a small DIY project, you could hunt around for some old music books to rip the pages out and use them for your tree topper. All you have to do is roll them up, secure their ends in the middle, and maybe add an optional jewel piece in the middle. Here are two incredible examples from HGTV and Thoughts from Alice.

Handmade tree topper made from old music sheets
Beautiful tree topper star made from sheet music

Twigs, Ribbon, and Other Crafty Things

Speaking of DIY projects, perhaps combining a bunch of things into your very own creative tree topper masterpiece could be more up your alley. Twigs work great and make a real statement since you can add all sorts of extra things to them and tie them up with ribbon. Check out these two remarkable creations from Magnolias Online and Decoholic.

Twigs, burlap, styrofoam balls, and ribbon combined in a detailed tree topper
Dramatic tree topper in gold, purple, and blue

A Real Starfish

Keeping with at least part of the traditional tree topping trend, why not swap out a regular star for a real starfish? It would look great on almost any tree, but especially one with a beach or oceanic theme.  Here’s one that was found on Etsy store Christmas Tree Tops.

Real starfish made into a Christmas tree topper
Beautiful white starfish tree topper with sea urchin and seashells

You certainly don’t come across a tree with one of these types of toppers very often. But you’ve gotta admit, they work great for taking an old holiday tradition and shaking it up a bit!

Elise Moreau

I write for decoist.

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