Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a Christmas Tree Topper

While working on my recent Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, one of the most challenging elements to find was a large starfish. I didn’t want to buy a real/dried one from a craft store, so upcycling one was my best bet. I just wasn’t sure what I’d find that could become the starfish decor that I needed.

Beach cottage decor with thrift shopping and recycled craft ideas

It all came together when I found this gold star tree topper for a Christmas tree. Could I upcycle this into a starfish?

Gold star tree topper at a thrift store for upcycling idea

It was a good size with a great shape (i.e., thicker in the center). It even had faux pearl beads on it like the bumpy nubs on a starfish.

Upcycling idea for a gold tree topper as starfish decor

All I needed to do was remove the actual Christmas tree elements and give it a somewhat realistic makeover! Then it would work as the starfish decor that I needed for my thrifted version of beach cottage decor.

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Upcycling a Gold Star Tree Topper into Starfish Decor

At first, I wasn’t sure if this upcycling idea was going to be easy or not. I’ve never played around with a gold star tree topper before!

Upcycling project for making the beach themed decor with a tree topper star

But I was pleased to discover that it opened up! I didn’t realize that when I found it at Goodwill.

That made it really easy to remove the Christmas lights (which didn’t work anyway).

Removing the lights from inside a Christmas tree topper

Next, I used our Dremel tool to remove the coil at the bottom.

I also used our wire cutters to also remove the clips from inside that had previously held the light bulbs in place.

Cutting off the coil from the bottom of a gold tree topper

And just like that, the gold star tree topper was ready for the next phase of its makeover as starfish decor!

Stone Spray Paint as “Sand”

I decided that transforming the star tree topper into something that looked “sandy” would be the best bet.

So, I used this stone spray paint to get the sandy look I was going for with the starfish decor.

Admittedly, I used SEVERAL coats of this stone spray paint.

But, I suspect it was because the star tree topper was mostly a metal mesh. And that made opaque coverage with the stone effect paint a little more challenging.

Starfish decor by painting a Gold star tree topper with stone spray paint

In the end, though, I was thrilled with the result. The starfish decor was coming together nicely and more easily than I could have hoped.

Finally, I dabbed on some off-white paint (leftover from this jewelry box makeover) to the pearl beads. I used a small stencil brush to dab on the paint.

This just added a little more dimension to the “nubs” of my starfish decor.

Painting the highlights on a gold star tree topper for beach room decor

I also lightly painted the “interior skeleton” of my starfish decor with the same paint. Just to give it a little more contrast and depth.

And that, as they say, was all she wrote. Or upcycled, as the case may be.

Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a Christmas Tree Topper

In no time at all, I transformed a gold star tree topper into a starfish. And it was PERFECT for the beach cottage look that I was going for.

Starfish decor and beach room decor by upcycling a Christmas tree topper

If you read my Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, did you pay attention to the starfish decor? Did it look… “fishy” to you? (pun intended!)

Repurposing a gold tree topper as Starfish decor for a beach house

The best part, though, is that you could TOTALLY do this to a working tree topper if you wanted a coastal Christmas tree. You would just skip the part with the Dremel and wire cutters – otherwise, the entire tutorial applies!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for tropical decor or DIY beach decor, then you’ll love my beach vacation memory jars, too.

DIY Beach Decor or Ocean Decor in vintage mason jars for summer decorating by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Rita Corblies says

    A fantastic repurpose especially using stone paint. Your creative juices are always flowing.

  2. Amanda Lake says

    As always, your projects are beautiful. I love this starfish idea.

  3. Cheryl Bruno says

    It’s just lovely—awesome job! xxoo

  4. Hi Sadie, cute and not too difficult. I wanted to tell you I have dried coffee grounds saved up and toilet tubes & lint, I will be trying out a couple of projects from your last project listing, they were awesome. Thanks

  5. christinafayerepurposed says

    Hi Sarah! I am not even going to say it..well maybe I will….I have seen so many of these at my local thrift store, and you guess it! Left them sitting on the shelf. I am so bummed now. This turned out gorgeous! 🙂

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