Making Angel Crafts

Let more angels into your life with angel crafts. With different crafts to choose from you'll find many projects to make for your home.

Sweet Scandinavian Angel

Here is a completed Sweet Scandinavian Angel.
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Here is a completed
Sweet Scandinavian Angel.

You don't need to be Scandinavian to appreciate the charm of this folksy angel. What kitchen wouldn't feel warmer with her in it? Here's what you'll need:
  • 9x12-inch felt squares: 3 flesh, 1 blue, 1 white
  • Press cloth
  • 1 yard fusible webbing
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 27 inches cotton lace, 1/4 inch wide
  • Tacky glue
  • DMC flower thread to match felt plus red
  • 5 tiny heart appliqués
  • 1/2 yard each red and white ribbon flowers (or 10 small red ribbon flowers; 14 small white ribbon flowers; 9 inches white ribbon, 1/8 inch wide)
  • 1 small red bow
  • 2 white embroidered leaves, 3x21/4 inches each
  • 6 inches white ribbon, 1/8 inch wide

To construct a Sweet Scandinavian Angel:
  1. Using press cloth to cover felt, fuse 2 squares of flesh felt together, with webbing between. Trace outline of angel onto paper side of webbing -- download the angel template here. Fuse to last sheet of flesh felt. Cut angel out and remove paper. Fuse angel to doubled flesh piece. Cut angel out. Trace dress shape on paper of webbing. Fuse to blue felt and cut out. Trace, fuse, and cut out hat and apron from white felt. Remove all paper. Fuse dress to body. Trim 1/4-inch lace to fit around apron edge. Place edge of lace under edge of apron and fuse apron to dress. Glue lace at wrists. Fuse hat to head.

  2. Using 1 strand of flower thread to match each felt color, work a buttonhole stitch around all edges except hat. Make blue French knots for eyes, and red for mouth.

    Use a buttonhole stitch around all the edges except the hat.
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    Use a buttonhole stitch around
    all the edges except the hat.

  3. Glue lace across bottom of skirt 1/4 inch up from bottom edge. Glue hearts above lace. Glue a red flower to each foot. Glue 6 white flowers around hat. Glue red bow at waist.

    Glue six of the white ribbon flowers around the hat.
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    Glue six of the white ribbon
    flowers around the hat.

  4. Twist strands of 8 white and red ribbon flowers together to form garland (or sew or glue red and white ribbon flowers to ribbon). Tack garland ends to hands.

    Glue one end of a string of white and red flowers to each hand.
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    Glue one end of a string of white and
    red flowers to each hand.

  5. Sew or glue 2 embroidered leaves to back of shoulders for wings. Sew a white ribbon loop at back of head to hang.

    Glue two embroidered wings to the back shoulders.
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    Glue two embroidered wings
     to the back shoulders.

Angel Folk Band

What could be better than a folk band to herald the joy of Christmas? This charming and friendly bunch of angels make beautiful music together! Here's what you'll need to begin:

Here is a completed Angel Folk Band.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Here is a completed Angel Folk Band.

  • 8x3/4x15 inches wood
  • Heavyweight paper and pencil
  • Band or scroll saw
  • Drill and 5/8-inch brad point drill
  • Fine-grain sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint: flesh, hydrangea pink, lilac, blue jay, cactus, dolphin grey, rouge, cardinal red, Monet blue, copen blue, dark brown
  • #6 or #8 flat paintbrush
  • Paper towel
  • Paper palette
  • Stylus
  • Jute
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • 1 yard each white, light blue, mint, mauve, pink ribbon; 1/16 inch wide
  • 1/2 yard muslin
  • 1/2 yard fleece or batting
  • Needle and white thread
  • Iron and spray starch
  • 3 miniature instruments
  • 41/2-inch musical paper ribbon
To construct an Angel Folk Band:
  1. Trace angel and wing patterns onto paper to make templates -- download the pattern here. Lightly trace angel patterns onto wood with pencil. Cut out angels with saw. Mark angels with pencil dots for hair holes. Drill hair holes 1/4 inch deep. Sand angel bodies smooth.

  2. Paint dresses onto angel bodies using colors indicated on patterns. Let dry. Apply second coat if needed. Paint head and hands flesh. Let dry. Apply second coat if needed.

  3. Shade arms on angels with copen blue as shown on patterns. Dip a #6 or #8 flat brush into clean water. Tap brush on paper towel to remove excess water. Dip one corner of brush into copen blue and stroke back and forth on paper palette until color blends. Color on brush will be on the outside of arms. Shade arms on all angels.

    Shade the arms on all of the angels.
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    Shade the arms on all of the angels.

  4. Paint faces onto angels as indicated on patterns. Cheeks are floated or stylus dotted hearts. Use stylus to paint two dots side by side. At center of dots, pull paint down with point of stylus to form heart. Dot eyes on faces. Note: Different expressions on faces can be achieved by placing eyes closer together and by painting eyes at different levels on face. The closer eyes are to each other and to cheeks, the more whimsical the expression. Experiment on scrap paper.

    Paint the faces on the angels as shown on the template.
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    Paint the faces on the angels
    as shown on the template.

  5. Cut jute hair for angels. Angel A needs thirty 6-inch lengths. Apply glue into each hair hole. Insert 6 strands into each hole. Let dry. Braid hair to 11/2 inches and secure end with ribbon. Angel B needs ten 2-inch lengths. Glue 2 strands into each hair hole. Let dry. Tie ribbon to base of each hair strand grouping. Angel C needs fifteen 3-inch lengths. Glue 3 strands into each hair hole. Let dry. Tie ribbon around end of each hair strand. Angel D needs five 4-inch lengths. Glue a strand into each hair hole. Let dry. Tie ribbon to end of each hair strand. Angel E needs five 2-inch lengths. Glue a strand into each hair hole. Let dry. Tie ribbon to end of each hair strand. Trim ribbons.

    Cut lengths of jute for the angel's hair.
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    Cut lengths of jute for the angel's hair.

  6. Cut out wings from muslin and batting. Sandwich batting between 2 muslin wings. Pin wings to hold batting in place. Starting at indentation at bottom of wing, quilt wings together with a running stitch. Knot off at starting knot. Complete all wings. Iron wings using spray starch to add body. Trim loose fibers and batting. Glue wings to angels.

    Form the wings from muslin filled with batting.
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    Form the wings from
    muslin filled with batting.

  7. Glue musical instrument to angels B, C, and E. Keep flat until glue dries. Glue musical paper ribbon to angel A and angel D and lay flat until glue dries.
Classic Cutwork Angel

What better way to herald the coming of the Christmas season than with this lovely cutwork angel. It's so beautiful you might want to hang it year round! Here are the materials you will need to get started:
  • 9x12-inch piece ivory ultrasuede
  • 9x12-inch piece fusible webbing
  • Press cloth
  • Steam iron
  • Scissors, sharp craft knife
  • 5/8 yard blue cotton velveteen
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle, blue and white thread
  • 12x15-inch piece fleece
  • 18 inches gold metallic twisted cording, 3/16 inch wide
  • 31/2-inch gold metallic tassel
  • 22 ivory pearls, 3mm each
  • 101/2-inch length wooden dowel, 1/4 inch diameter
To construct a Classic Cutwork Angel:
  1. Trace angel, halo, and arms onto paper side of webbing, marking areas that will be cut out with Xs -- download the template here. Fuse webbing to wrong side of ultrasuede, using a press cloth. Cut out angel. Cut out all areas marked with Xs.

    Trace the angel on the paper side of the fusible webbing.
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    Trace the angel on the paper
    side of the fusible webbing.

  2. Cut 18x23-inch rectangle of velveteen. Fold right sides together and sew a 1/2-inch seam allowance along 18-inch side. Refold so that seam is in center of tube. Mark and sew diagonal lines to shape bottom of banner. Trim corners and turn right side out; leaving top of banner open.

    Cut out a rectangle of velveteen.
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    Cut out a rectangle of velveteen.

  3. Cut one piece of fleece the same shape as the banner. Insert fleece into banner.

    Cut out the fleece to be the same shape as the banner.
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    Cut out the fleece to be the
    same shape as the banner.

  4. Center angel on banner. Cover with press cloth and using steam rather than pressure, fuse angel to banner. Fuse halo and leaf shapes from cutouts one at a time so they don't slip under press cloth. Fuse arms over area shown on pattern by dotted lines.

  5. To finish banner, fold top 21/2 inches of banner to back. Tucking under raw edges, hand sew to form a casing for dowel. Sew ends of cording in ends of casing for hanger. Sew tassel at bottom point. Scatter and sew pearls randomly around angel. Slide dowel into casing.

    Attach the ends of the cord to the wooden dowel for hanging.
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    Attach the ends of the cord to the
     wooden dowel for hanging.

Another traditional Christmas icon is the snowman. On the next page, we will show you how to make some beautiful snowman crafts for your home.