by Jane Lake
You can recycle Christmas cards for the base of each angel or cut a circle of thin card from boxes or packaging instead.
You Will Need:
- thin card, about 4 inches square
- white or gold paper doilies
- wooden ball – 1/2 to 3/4 inch size
- fine point permanent marker
- curly doll’s hair, or brown acrylic paint
- gold metallic chenille stem
- white glue
- stapler and staples
- optional: flesh-colored acrylic paint; sequins
Make the Angel’s Skirt
Christmas Card Angels
Cut a 3½ inch circle from thin card. I recycled old Christmas cards, which offer a wide range of colors and patterns for the angel’s skirt, but plain white card can also be used and painted or colored as desired.
Cut the circle in half. Curve over the flat edges and overlap at the back to make a cone shape with a fairly sharp point at the top. Staple or glue the overlap together.
Cut a lacy strip from the edge of a paper doily and glue it to the cone. Overlap the edges slightly at the back and cut off any pieces extending below the cone.
Make the Head
If needed, paint the wooden ball in flesh-colored paint. Paint the top of the ball in brown, if desired, to represent hair, making sure the hole in the ball goes up and down. Once the paint is dry, draw the angel’s facial features in permanent marker.
Apply glue to the top of the cone, then gently push the lower hole in the ball into place.
If you are adding doll hair, cut suitable lengths of curly, artificial hair and tie them together in the middle. Set aside.
Make a small halo by forming a short piece of metallic chenille stem into a circle, twisting the ends together in a short stem. Apply glue to the ends, and insert into the top hole of the head.
Note: If adding hair, push the middle of the hair into the glue on the halo stem, add a little more glue to the top of the head, then insert the halo into the head and gently adjust the hair on either side of the head.
Make the Wings
Cut out the inner circle section from a six inch gold paper doily. Fold the circle in half, then cut into quarters, so the wings will be gold on both sides. This will give you two wings.
Overlap the points of the wings and staple or glue together in a butterfly shape. See photos for details.
Apply glue to the middle of the paired wings, then press into place at the top of the angel, just below the back of the head.
To add a little more sparkle to your angel, add sequins. Just apply a small dot of glue to the angel’s dress, or the edge of the wings, or wherever you want to apply a sequin. Press a sequin into the glue and let dry.