No Christmas tree is complete without a tree topper. As a kid, we always had an angel but in my house, that’s a little too standard.
I found this Raptor at Toys R Us while Christmas shopping and the idea of a Dinosaur Angel Christmas Tree Topper was born.
Creating a pattern would be a nice idea but these dinosaurs aren’t exactly standard. Below is a rough idea of how I put it together.
First I draped fabric around the dino to get an idea of what I needed to do. I also wanted the outfit to be able to come off and on and not just sew it onto him permanently. I’ll have to admit that I heard Tim Gunn’s voice in my head.
I decided to make a loop of fabric that could be tied with a drawstring and then attached to a long rectangle of fabric for the faux sleeves and neck line.
Dinosaurs are not shaped for dresses. Luckily, I had scraps of white and silver fabric laying around as well as the purple ribbon used for the drawstring. I used the silver fabric to embellish the bottom.
Here’s what it looked like laid out.
The halo was the easiest part. A shiny gold pipe cleaner shaped into a circle is attached to some wire I had laying around the house. The wire runs down the back of the dino’s neck and around his body to keep it in place under the dress.
I googled “Angel Wing Drawing” and printed out a freebee. I darkened the outlines with sharpy and taped two copies together. The wings are taped on. Maybe next year I will get extra ambitious and make feather wings.
At first I thought he was a little big but after I put him up there I think it works. If you’re going to be weird, go big.