Monday, July 15, 2013

Upcycled Christmas Angels Tutorial

One of the bloggers I follow - Knick of Time - is sponsoring a Christmas in July linky party with two other bloggers.  Since I'm also having a Christmas in July sale in both of my etsy shops, I thought I would update a Christmas tutorial I posted back in 2010. 

Like most artists/crafters, I save things.  "I'm going to do something with that some day."  Which is why I still had some spindles from book shelves I used 25 years a long time ago.  I had a small Christmas angel ornament made of wood pieces that was given to me by a friend, and I really liked it.

So that was my inspiration to finally do something with those spindles.  I first cut the spindles down to various sizes. 

I drew some angel wings free-hand, made a paper template and cut them out of thin plywood with my band saw.

You can see that some of the spindles were in rough shape since they had been painted over several times. So I sanded, used wood filler if necessary, and gave them all a coat of primer.

I had some unfinished wood stars so those went on the front of the angels.

Now the mess starts!  Are you like me? I pull EVERYTHING out and I pile so much on my work table that I end up working in a space about 8 inches square!  ( I dream of a studio with standing height tables ALL AROUND THE ROOM. But I digress ....)

I have quite a collection.  Will I ever use it all up??

When I have some little things to spray paint and/or glitter, I use a floral foam block.  I just strung a wire around these pine cones, stuck them in the foam and spray painted them all around. The wire allowed me to hold them while I glittered them, then back to the foam to dry.  Works pretty well.

Here we go a-gluing ... a-gluing ... a-gluing ....

 Here I'm just starting to glue the decorations on the front star.  No secret technique here, except that I start on the outside and work toward the middle and keep tucking in pieces until it's good and full.  The ribbon bow is usually the last thing I add.

"Ready for my closeup."  

Here's some of the angels I created.  Although most have been sold, I still have a few listed in the sale section in my shop.

 Here's the littlest angel - just 4-1/2 inches high.

Linking up to: Christmas in July Linky Party


  1. What a great way to use up those spindles. I love their curvy shape better than the original. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Marie, for your comment. I really was pleased with how these sweet angels turned out.

  3. I got cooled off just viewing your beautiful angels, Felicia! You did a wonderful job with them.

  4. Thanks, Mitzi. I have a few spindles left but I'm not sure what I want to do with them.

  5. You can definitely tell that you put a lot of time and effort into these and it paid off. They are beautiful. Your creativity is sure inspiring. But thinking of Christmas in JULY !?!?!? :O)

  6. Lisa, I know - it's hard to think about Christmas in the middle of a heat wave! However, I'm having a Christmas in July sale in my shops, and I'm determined to start early this year. I'm always last minute for Christmas projects! Hope you are well.

  7. I love the little white and blue ones! All of them are really adorable!

    1. Thank you, Terra. I admit, the blue and white ones are my favorites too. Alas, they were sold so they are long gone. :(

  8. What a creative upcycle! These look amazing, Felicia! Sad that I wasn't in time to get some of what you made but now I'm thinking of making a few of my own from stuff I have laying around the house. Thank you for sharing! -Nancy @ Quintessence Creations

  9. That was such a wonderful and creative creation! Those angels look so precious! Thanks for giving ideas and inspirations.

    Marilyn @ Christmas decorating ideas


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