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How to Make a Starburst Christmas Tree Topper

Top your Christmas tree with sophisticated, space-age style this holiday season with a starburst-inspired tree topper made from inexpensive craft supplies.

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Materials Needed:

  • 6" foam floral sphere
  • 9 wooden dowels sized 3/8"
  • 8 wooden dowels sized 1/4"
  • 12 wooden dowels sized 3/16"
  • small handsaw with miter box
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • pen or marker
  • roll of kraft paper
  • tape measure
  • spray paint
  • glitter spray paint

Measure and Mark 3/8-Inch Dowels

Use a tape measure and pen or marker to mark each 3/8" thickness dowel at 12 inches in length (Image 1). Next, measure and mark each 1/4" wooden dowel at six inches in length (Image 2). Then, measure and mark each 3/16" dowel at four inches in length.

Cut Dowels

Cut all dowels to size with a small handsaw inside of miter box.

Spray Paint Dowels

Add a base coat to each dowel with spray paint. To prevent drips, hold can six inches away from the surface and move it back and forth while spraying in a steady, controlled manner.

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