Remember this photo of random craft supplies?
Here’s what they turned into:
A starched doily angel, perfect for topping the Christmas tree!
To make your own, you’ll need:
- A 6″, 8″ and 16″ doily
- A 1-1/2″ wooden head bead
- Scrap yarn for hair
- Pipe cleaners for halo
- Scrap ribbon or other trim for decoration
- A bottle of Elmer’s glue
- Something to shape the angel over. A plastic water bottle was perfect for mine.
- Crystal glitter (optional)
I found all my supplies at Joann’s. The wooden beads came in a package of 6 and they had a bin full of doilies in different sizes. Your largest doily can be smaller than 16″ if you want a shorter angel, but try to pick one that has a fairly dense pattern. If the doily is too lacy and open it may not stand up when it’s starched.
To begin, put the largest doily in a bowl and pour about 1/2 cup of Elmer’s glue over it. Use your hands to squeeze the doily and work in the glue, but don’t wring or twist the doily or you’ll stretch it. Add more glue if you need it. You want to make sure it’s well saturated.
Center the doily over a bottle (or whatever you’re using to shape it) and arrange the skirt so it hangs even all the way around. My doily was a little long so I arranged the scallops on the bottle so they were flat. If you don’t want your angel to have a flat edge to the skirt, use a taller bottle.
Put the medium size doily in the bowl and saturate it with glue. Arrange it over top of the large doily on the bottle. To make it easier to attach the wings later, you’ll want to create a fold in the back of the medium doily that the wings can fit into. I smoothed out the other side of the medium doily to create a flat front in case I wanted to add a wreath or other decoration to the finished angel.
Put the smallest doily in the bowl and saturate it with glue. This one will form the wings, so shape it over something with a 45-degree angle. You want it to be nice and flat with a sharp crease in the middle. I used a small box and covered it with plastic wrap to keep it from sticking. If you’d like your wings (or your entire angel) to have a little sparkle, sprinkle with crystal glitter while the glue is still wet.
Let the doilies dry overnight.
Once the doilies are completely dry, attach the wooden head bead and wings using hot glue.
To make the hair, measure out 20 strands of yarn about 8″ long. I found it easiest to work with if I sewed the strands together before I attached them. I just laid them all out flat and ran them through my sewing machine, making a seam right down the middle of the strands.
Attach the hair to the center of the head and arrange it in a ponytail in the back. Tie with a scrap of yarn and trim if needed.
Make the halo by twisting two pipe cleaners together and shaping them into a circle, joining the ends. Glue to the head.
Decorate with ribbon or other trim. I used a simple bow on this angel but I’ve also made them with flower crowns instead of sparkly halos, woven thin ribbon through the edge of the medium doily, added a small wreath the the front of the angel. Make it as fancy as you like!