DIY Christmas Tree Angel: The Bostik Blogger challenge this month was all about Christmas. I love this time of year as there are always so many crafts you can turn your hand too. Since having babies I much prefer hand made gifts. With this in mind I decided to make an angel for the small Christmas tree that Monkey has in his room.
The materials you will need are:
- Acrylic paint – skin tone or a combination which can be mixed to create the colour you want
- Paint brush
- Pipe cleaners – two gold and one red
- Sharpies – black and pink/red
- Gift tag
- Wool for the hair
- Polysterne person
- Gold or silver patterned material
- Red felt
- Sparkly embellishments and or glitter glue for decoration
- Gold rick rack
- Bostik white glue
- Glu Dots
Paint the head and neck of the polystyrene person. You will need a reasonable amount of paint as it will sink into the polystyrene a little. Make sure you paint down far enough that when you add the fairy’s clothing there is no white gap. Wait for the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.
While waiting for the glue to dry cut the wool into lengths. We opted for 7cm but it depends on how long you want your angel’s hair. Try and ensure they are all the same length, although you will be able to trim the hair once dry. Add white glue to one half of the head. If you look at the shape you will see there is a natural join make sure this is not down the centre of your face. You can use it as guide for the hairline. Build up the hair gradually, you can always add more to ensure you don’t have any gaps. Wait for this to dry before continuing.
Add the gold patterned material around the body of the shape making sure it over laps the painted neck. Secure with glue dots. Trim the material around the bottom so the angel can stand up unaided.
The next step is to cover your angel with her outer dress. I used red felt but any material would do. You can use a combination of glue dots and white glue to make sure it is secure. While you are waiting for the dress to dry you can make wings with the gold pipe cleaners. I used one pipe cleaner each side, twisting them together in the middle and end before shaping them. Once the glue is dry use sharp scissors to cut around the bottom to level up.
Cut a third off the end of the red pipe cleaner to make the angel’s arms and secure to the back with glue dots. I placed this relatively high up the back so that there is room to add the fairy wings. As they were heavier I used white glue for the wings. Once these are dry you can add in the extra detail an decorate. Using the sharpies I added in facial features. I also added a sparkly gem on the front of the dress and made a little halo out of gold rick rack. I secured the halo with white glue.
I also wrote a little message on a gift tag to accompany the angel as Monkey’s elf on the shelf will be delivering her one day next month. I’m really pleased with the way she turned out.
Have you got up to any Christmas crafts yet this year? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.
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We were given a selection of craft materials from Bostik in return for this post. All ideas are my own.
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