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Christmas Angel

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.
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.
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.
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.
After it had dried and was stiff, I spray painted everything white. I used silver metallic paint and a stipple brush to add highlights.
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.
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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  • Carol
    Carol Lexington, KY
    on Nov 15, 2016


  • Cori Widen
    Cori Widen
    on Nov 15, 2016

    Love the attention to detail here!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Nov 15, 2016

    It came out great!

  • Penelope
    Penelope Little Elm, TX
    on Nov 16, 2016

    Wow, what memories you've stirred up! My mom made the 3 wisemen in the 70's! They lasted 20+ years, and probably would have lasted longer with some fresh paint. Thanks for posting this, I'm inspired to try and recreate them.

    • Vicki Rogers
      Vicki Rogers Splendora, TX
      on Nov 16, 2016

      Thanks, Penelope. My moms angels lasted so many years too. I'm so happy you enjoyed the post. :)

  • Donna02330
    Donna02330 Plymouth, MA
    on Nov 16, 2016

    Looks difficult but is absolutely gorgeous! Do you think there is a way to make this weather proof?

    • Vicki Rogers
      Vicki Rogers Splendora, TX
      on Nov 16, 2016

      Also, its not difficult to make, Donna, just looks that way.

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