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Christmas Angel

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Back in the 1960's my mom made two angels, and last year I wanted to try and recreate them, but never got around to it. This year I decided to rely on the fuzzy picture and my fuzzy memory and make my version of them.
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I had a sturdy paper roll that deco mesh came on and a hanger. I cut off the hook, and part of the hanger for arms. I glued it on and let it dry over night.
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I cut wings from cardboard, and I used a styrofoam ball for the head. I used wall texture on the head and both sides of the wings to give it a little update from yesteryear.
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I used undiluted stay flo starch and thin flour sack kitchen towels, dipping them in the starch and wringing them out before draping them on the stand. I used pins in a few places until it was completely dry and stiff.
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After it had dried and was stiff, I spray painted everything white. I used silver metallic paint and a stipple brush to add highlights.
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I added cord to the head gluing just the top. I didn't want to glue down the sides, because I still had to glue on the wings and paint the hair with the silver paint. I also wanted to be able to move the hair where I wanted it later.
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I glued on the halo, ribbon, and the sign. I spray painted it all with Krylon Glitter Shimmer, shimmering silver, and the sealer. The picture doesn't really show how sparkling it really is. I hope you enjoyed the angel tutorial, and I wish everyone a joyful holiday!
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  • Dianne Mathews
    Dianne Mathews Baton Rouge, LA

    Awesome

  • Nmeasles1936

    My husband of 11 years found this article and he made 6 of tem one year, He had one holding a song book and one holding a candle. Ours were gold not silver but both are beautiful. They can be reused for years with careful packing.

    • Vicki Rogers
      Vicki Rogers Splendora, TX

      Thank you. Do you know where this angel idea originated from? I was around 11 years old when my mom made them, I'm wondering if it came from a craft book or something. 😇

  • Nmeasles1936

    I am not certain but I think it was from a Good Housekeeping magazine. I had he instructions for years but it got lost in moving.

    • Vicki Rogers
      Vicki Rogers Splendora, TX

      Thank you, I thought it must have been from a magazine or something.

  • Dixie
    Dixie Friendswood, TX

    Exquisite! I was wondering how long it took to make them - less drying time? You are so talented!

  • Vicki Rogers
    Vicki Rogers Splendora, TX

    Thanks, I would say 3 to 4 hours to be safe.

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