Now that I'm starting my own Christmas tree decorating tradition (think tiny tree in a small apartment), I'm longing for a tree topper comparable to the antique Dutch ornaments my family has passed down for generations. Here are 5 tree toppers, a mix of DIY and easy-to-buy, all with an heirloom feel.
Above: The German Tree Topper, with its intricate woodwork designs, is handmade at the Dregano studio in Seiffen, Germany; $48 from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: The Silvered Star Glass Topper is made by SkLO Studios, a collaboration between a Czech glass blower and an American husband-wife design team; $88 from Anthropologie.
Above: Consider making the tree topper yourself with this DIY black star project from Design and Form.
Above: Another wooden option is the Large Shaved Wood Tree Topper made in Erzgebirge, Germany for $69.95 from The Wooden Wagon.
Above: With a few pieces of felt and silver thread, The Purl Bee has a simple step-by-step DIY project.
Above: The Tin Star Tree Topper is made in Pennsylvania for $58 from Terrain.
Above: The Gilded Star Tree Topper is made from natural twigs and gilded in gold; currently on sale for $15 from West Elm.
N.B.: Setting up your tree at home? See our companion post on 5 Favorites: Tree Stands.