By: Lisa Green
It’s been long time since I’ve worked on a Disney craft project.
This one was not even planned, but happened mostly by accident.
Raymond and I were out supporting our local merchants on Small Business
Saturday and we happened to be in a fantastic home décor and accessory
store that always has the most amazing Christmas decorations! We were
there for just a quick stop to pick up a couple of ornaments for gifts
and grab some extra ribbon and deco mesh (you can never have too much
deco mesh, right?).
As we were making our way to the checkout counter, I
stopped dead in my tracks, having spotted something unexpected and
adorable! I spied a small black felt top hat, decorated festively for
the holidays. As usual, I immediately said what I was thinking, “Hey! I
could put ears on this!” and Raymond, in his usual way, replied, “You
could.” Enough chitchat. New item added to the armfuls we were
carrying, we made for the cash register.
By the time we got home, I had formulated a plan for
that little top hat’s transformation into a Disney-themed tree topper.
All I needed was to make use of Raymond’s mad skills with power
tools. I handed him a large, sparkly, black shatter-proof ornament
left over from the Halloween wreath project and told him to make me a
couple of ears from it. Because I love him, I did remember to yell,
“Don’t forget protective eye wear!” as he headed outside to his shop. I
wish I could show and tell you exactly how Raymond managed to slice two
perfect ears out of that one ornament, but I didn’t see what he did. I
will tell you it involved something called a die grinder, but I have no
idea what that is or does. If you decide to slice up a plastic
ornament, I imagine a saw of some sort would also work.
Now, I knew that if I just glued those ears onto the hat,
there would be a big gap between each ear, the hat, and the hat’s
brim. I was trying to figure out a way to fill that gap with some black
sheet-foam that I had on hand, when Raymond solved the problem for me
by cutting the foam into tear-drops that could be used to cover the back
of each ear and fill in that gap at the same time – I do love that
man! So, I fired up my new glue gun, which gets really super hot in a
hurry, and proceeded to glue the backs onto each ear, then glue the ears
carefully onto the hat, making sure the corner part of the teardrop
filled in the gap between ear, hat, and brim. I only sustained one
glue-burn (on my right pinky), which is actually good – the injury count
where hot glue and I are concerned is normally much higher.
So, making the tree topper proved much easier than
getting it in a good position at the top of the tree! I ended up making
a spiral wire around the top of the tree to perch the hat securely on,
then I used my old tree topper (sprays wired together to mimic Wishes
fireworks) to add some festive touches around the hat. The moral of
this story? Don’t be afraid to try! When inspiration strikes, go for
it. The hat was $12.99 and for the investment, Raymond’s cutting
skills, and one hot glue burn, we got a pretty awesome new Disney
decoration for our tree.
This article originally appeared on Lisa's Living a Disney Life Blog.