Monday, December 12, 2011

Making Angels: Part II

Over the weekend, three more angels appeared on this earth...




I got a number of emails last week asking details about how to make them so I tried to take some in-process photos this time so you can make them with your own angels.

Supplies

Photos of kids looking like angels
German Dresden Foil Angel Wings (silver was our most popular selection)
Other Dresden Foil Components such as stars, snowflakes, etc
Clothespins (large and/or small depending on the size of your angel photo)
Metallic pipe cleaners for halos
Glue gun
Xyron machine/glue stick/glue
Other miscellaneous decorative supplies such as markers, papers, stickers, rhinestones, tinsel, etc.

Really, anything goes but the most important component (IMHO) is the foil wings.

I like to use the German Dresden foil wings...available from many sellers on Ebay and Etsy...they are sturdy, beautiful and lend a degree of regal-ness to this cut-and-paste project.


Photos

1. Once you gather your supplies, it's time to take pictures of kids outside acting like angels.


2. Print the photos on your printer.

I used Photoshop to mask some of the background to save ink since that's going to be cut away anyway...


3. Next, cut photos out in a rectangle (rough cut)...and run them through your Xyron machine or coat them with glue stick.


4. Adhere photo rectangle to cardstock and burnish to get a good bond.

5. Now it's time for the kids to cut themselves out following their own body shapes...


Angel wings and halo

6. Once the kids are cut out, let the angel-making begin! Anything goes in decorating and creating their own unique angels.

7. Halos are easily made by bending a metallic pipe cleaner into a circle, leaving a "stem" to attach to the back of the angel body.

8. Using a glue gun (please help with the younger kids or use gel glue),


Attach the wings and halo and the clothes pins...


As for clothespins, on Jack's angel below, you can see I used two mini-clothespins instead of one large one...


For most average-size angels, regular sized clothespins work just fine but for small children, babies, or super-sized kids like Jack, you might need the mini versions.

10. Have the kids clip them to a present to give to grandparents, parents, teachers, etc...

My father LOVES them! Of course, who wouldn't love it when their grandchildren are angels...

Merry Angel Making everyone!

[Note: You can see more angels here in Making Angels: Part I]

17 comments:

gracie said...

Again, some really sweet angels. Thank you for the how to.....

Anonymous said...

Just gotta say LOVE Jack's smile!

Moonsilk Stitches said...

Awesome angels--thanks for the tutorial. Perhaps if I take pictures this Christmas, I can organize something before next Christmas.

Createology said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques. These are the best ornaments a family tree could display! Angelic Hugs to you...

Allison Ann Aller said...

Very great in so many ways! And boy do I love that well-used glue gun!

Barbara C said...

What a fun project, and what wonderful memories you're making with your family.

black bear cabin said...

fabulous!!!!

Mouse said...

awwww love them all.. and thanks for how to make too ,,, one day you just never know it might be required ...lol love mouse xxxx

MosaicMagpie said...

Your creative thought process is astounding! These are so cute.
Deb

Carol said...

Thanks for show and tell. I showed this post to one of the girls that work for me. She is a brownie troup leader and thought it would be an excellent project.

What I found so interesting in your angel making was the poses the kids did and how they embellished their images. I wish I knew them so I could analize their images with their personalities!

Merry Christmas

Diane Doran said...

Susan, thanks for sharing this super cute project! I looked at the picture of the girl in front of the bush, and couldn't get over how much it looked like my yard. Then I saw that you live in Ellicott City - no wonder, we're in Glenelg.

Rachel said...

They're delightful - and you have some very imaginative angels in your family1

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Susan, these are so darn cute! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a follower but had missed these. I'm glad Sharon B posted about them today. Very creative!

JLL24 said...

Thanks for sharing such a perfect gift/decoration. I don't know anyone who wouldn't enjoy these little angles. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

kaiteM said...

such happiness!

Ingrid Mida said...

Dear Susan,
These are so incredible!! I wish my boys were still little so I could give it a go. I'll be looking for old photos that might work and trying to find angel wings. You are so generous with your ideas. Thanks for sharing this.

Renee said...

What a great idea! My 13-year-old and I decided to invite his cousins over to make these this year to give to the grandparents and aunts and uncles for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing!

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