More rustic décor: DIY primitive, Folk Art Angels

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.

Amazing! Beautiful folk art angles made with Styrofoam and faux finish paints!

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.

Details from Rustic, Folk Art Angels on

Use charms or pieces of inexpensive jewelry to decorate the angels.

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.

Beautiful, and made from Styrofoam and faux finish paints. has the tutorial.

Where would you display these beautiful, Folk Art Angels?

Who has started Christmas crafting? What’s on your DIY list this Christmas?

Happy crafting!


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6 Responses to More rustic décor: DIY primitive, Folk Art Angels

  1. LisaM6 says:

    Love these especially the rusty color. Another one to try.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I’m glad these Faux Finish Pumpkins made your list! Don’t you love that there’s no real metalworking involved? Kathleen George is a genius! Happy fall crafting! Sharon

  2. CraftyB says:

    Wow, I thought those were real metal when I first looked. Those are great faux weathered metal angels!

  3. I have been Christmas crafting since December 25, 2015 so have quite a bit done and wrapped already! I am definitely adding these to my list of projects that I need to complete! I love them!! They will even look great on display all year! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, you are a Christmas crafter over achiever! And good for you! You go! I’m so glad these beautiful angels are now on your list, and I agree — you could display these year-round, absolutely. Kathleen George has a magical tough! (And speaking of magic — guess who stopped in for a very quick visit — Eileen Hull!) Here’s to more Christmas crafting, Barb! Sharon

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