A dear friend of mine has displayed an angel like this one in her home every Christmas for most of the years I’ve known her. Through my years as her neighbor, every year, another friend and I examined the angel and promised we would one day make one. We were in awe.
Last year was my “angel year”. Since I’ve now moved to another state, I called my friend to get an update on the details. My memory was lacking in specifics, so I wrote down everything my friend described and gathered my supplies.
- An old hymnal (any book will work, but you’ll need to photocopy two music pages – preferably Christmas hymns – or print them from an internet site)
- One egg-shaped foam for the head
- An 8-inch square of gauze
- An 8-inch dowel, 3/16 to 1/4 inch size – or sized slightly shorter than the book height
- Hot glue
- Ribbon of your choice
- Some leftover ruffled eyelet and/or fringe, 4 to 6-inch pieces
- Blonde doll hair or cream-colored Spanish moss
- A gold ring of some sort or heavy-gauge gold wire
Step 1. Prepare Your Book
Begin at the front of the book and fold each page, bottom corner up to the seam as shown in the picture below. I actually fold two to three pages together – quicker, with the same results.
My hymnal had Christmas Music starting at about page 85, so I chose one I like and stopped folding the bottom edges at that point. This section forms her right angel wing.
If you are using a regular book rather than a hymnal, glue a copy of a music page, cut to fit the book page size, onto page 90 or so. Fold that page under, like the other wing pages. This will be your final right wing page.
Now begin folding pages from the top outer corner down to the seem as shown below. This forms her dress and is the major portion of the angel.
Continue folding each page (or two to three together) until you get to about the middle of the book.
Flip to the rear of the book and begin folding the bottom corner under, forming the angel’s left wing.
When you’ve folded about the same number of pages you folded for the right wing, stop folding pages under. I try to find a hymn about Jesus, since Christmas IS all about Him. Or, you can glue a Christmas hymn page to your last folded left wing page.
Fold the remaining pages to complete the skirt (top corner to book seam), and you’re done with the book preparation. I love those wings!
Now we begin with the fun part – making the head. Stick dowel end into the small end of the egg foam about an inch. Remove, add hot glue, and re-insert dowel. The dowel is placed inside the book jacket hole you see above.
Using the dowel as a “handle”, wrap the gauze around the head, letting the face part be smooth. Hot glue around the foam head and trim the gauze. Remember, the hair will cover the back of the head, the fringe will cover the neck area, so don’t panic if it’s not neat.
Next, hot glue the hair, and be sure to leave the portion for the face open. I like to give a sort of “bangs” look, like human hair, y’all.
At this point, I stick the dowel into the binding hole. It’s easier to attached all the trims with the angel’s head in place on the book. Wrap the eyelet around the neck area and hot glue it neatly. Cut the ends where they meet at the back of the head.
I’m a little weird, so I measured ahead of time and finished the edges on the sewing machine. Next, hot glue the fringe around the neck. Hot glue ribbon of your choice, letting the “tails” hang down the front and curl them with your scissors. At the back, I hot glue more ribbon so it can hang down and curl there, too.
For the halo, I had some gold rings left over from a former project, so I glued that to the angel’s head. If you’re using wire, it looks really nice to form a ring, then a “stem” that can be stuck down into the foam head. No glue needed, it stays put, and it stands up away from her hair. I think that actually looks better.
Anything you find in your stash that you like, use it for more adornments. Personalize it your way!
Certainly, every angel should be different – just as God created us to be unique – with individual personalities.
Have fun making angels, y’all!