As many of you know, my son Jordan is very much into anything Oriental. He has his own apartment this year and
while he doesn't have much room for decorations he does have room for a small 3 foot tree. Since he's not too interested
in traditional types of Christmas things, I tried to make him an Oriental tree. Here's the topper I came up with.
1 cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll
1 1 1/2 inch wooden ball purchased at a craft store or Walmart
Gold or white ribbon for bow wings
Wine bottle kimono topper or Christmas print paper from scrapbooking aisle
Small amount of black yarn for hair
Using a jewelry glue, glue ball to one end of toilet paper roll. It will go slightly down inside of roll, just
make sure you cover bottom of ball liberally with glue so it stays well. Let dry for a couple of hours to
overnight. With permanent marker draw two slanted eyes and an "O" mouth - or whatever facial expression you desire.
I was lucky enough to find a Christmas print kimono at the Dollar Tree that was made to go over a wine bottle. I glued
this to the doll covering the area where the toilet paper roll and wooden ball head come together. I then glued the
arms of the kimono down to the sides using Fabric tac glue. I used some gold Christmas ribbon I had and tied a traditional
bow and glued to the back for "wings". Then going back to the jewelers glue, I just used small amounts of glue at a
time, eventually covering the whole "scalp" area and wound black yarn around and around until it covered what I thought should
be the whole scalp area. If you end up with a little wood showing through after it dries - I did - use a black permanent
marker to color it in. I then put a small amount of glue on the center back of the scalp area and wound it around to
make a bun. After this dried well I inserted two toothpicks to look like chopsticks! He loves it!