Hark, it’s the first Christmas craft of the season. If you’re working on the Folk Art Foam Pumpkins from earlier this week, don’t put your supplies away. You’re going to need them to DIY this trio of Rustic, Folk Art Angels. It’s never too early to DIY a Christmas angel, is it? Besides, I know that some of you have your Christmas crafting well underway! So, add these Rustic, Folk Art Angels to your list, whether they’re for you or a lucky someone on your gift list.
To make Rustic, Folk Art Angels, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Two 2” and one 1-1/2” balls (heads)
- One each 9”, 14” and 18” cones
- One 36” x 12” x 1” sheet (wings)
- Faux finish in rust, or other color of your choice*
- Inexpensive bangle bracelets, three
- Metal embellishments, such as costume jewelry
- Spray sealer in a matte finish
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; pencil; fine line permanent marker; toothpicks; wire cutters; 1” flat paintbrush; disposable bowls; paper towels
*The Folk Art Pumpkin post has more information about various faux finish products. Be sure to check it out to see what’s available in stores and online.
To make Rustic, Folk Art Angels:
1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Slice 1/2″ from top of each foam cone. Twist a foam ball tightly onto top of a cone until the two pieces fit together snugly. (The smaller, 1-1/2” ball is for the 9″ cone.) Add glue to ends of two toothpicks and pick and glue the balls and cones together.
2. Print and cut out the wing patterns. Enlarge by 200%. Pin patterns to the foam sheet and trace around patterns with a sharp pencil. Cut out the wings.
3. Position each wing on the side of the corresponding angel body. Gently rub or “sand” each wing up and down against the body, creating a snug fit between the two pieces. Add glue to ends of several toothpicks and pick and glue the wings to each body.
4. Glue a decorative metal piece, charm, or other costume jewelry to each angel’s neck.
5. To make a halo, snip each bracelet in one place with the wire cutters. Carefully spread the bangle apart, and then insert and glue the ends into the back of the angel’s head. If needed, trim the bracelet to fit the head of the smallest angel.
6. Paint the angels, the halos, and the metal trim with a faux rust finish, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need several coats.
7. When paint is dry, spray with a sealer.
Who has started Christmas crafting? What’s on your DIY list this Christmas?