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DIY Tree Topper Dollar Store Hack

This is a very easy project that barely needs a tutorial, but I still wanted to share this little DIY tree topper dollar store hack.

DIY Tree Topper Dollar Store Hack

I asked my audiences on TikTok and Instagram: “what was the tree I decorated for my Mom last year missing?” and the resounding answer was a tree topper!  It’s true!  But I could NOT find a topper I liked locally and then I ran out of time to order something online (I really love this felt dove one).  In the end, I found a cute little one at Dollarama as a placeholder.  I didn’t love the finish and planned to spray paint or use Rub ‘n Buff to change the color (like I did for these vintage pulls) – but it got too cold to spray paint and, for the life of me, I could not find my leftover Rub ‘n Buff.  Loath to buy any more craft supplies, I rummaged around in my craft room like a truffle pig until I found some very old Mod Podge and the gold flakes I had used for my DIY polymer clay ornaments and festive DIY gold leaf coasters.  Success!

Here’s the before:

Dollar Store Tree Topper Hack


DIY Gold Leaf Project Ideas

How to Apply Gold Leaf with Mod Podge:

  • Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge with a foam brush, working in small areas
  • Apply the gold flakes and pat gently to help adhere and smooth out
  • Let dry completely
  • Repeat on the other side, making sure to overlap across the edges, and let dry completely again
  • Brush off an excess gold flakes/leaf
  • Apply another layer of modge podge to seal the surface – starting with one side
  • Let dry completely
  • Repeat sealing for the other side

I used the same process as I did for these DIY gold leaf coasters – except I kept applying the gold leaf until it formed a solid surface.  I even applied it to the edges so it’s seamless from front to back.

How to Apply Gold Leaf

Here’s a short Reel of the Process:

And here’s the after!

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P.S. Don’t Forget to Pin for Later!

DIY Tree Topper Dollar Store Hack


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