Each of us has at least one guardian angel: that still small voice inside that nudges us to do the right thing & cautions us when we’re about to do something foolish.
Celebrate the special wisdom of your guardian angel with this gentle reminder of her guidance and the blessing of wisdom she brings into your life.
Create a Guardian Angel
- Wired craft ribbon (1 ½” for smaller angels; 2 ½” for larger angels)
- Beads (~1 ½” for larger angels; < 1” for smaller angels)
- Choose from glass pearls, wooden beads, acrylic and other – be creative!
- Flat rhinestone/jewels, buttons or other flat-backed embellishments
- Halo material (I use strands of tiny pearl beads)
- Thin gold or silver embroidery thread
- Hot glue gun, glue stick, stapler, scissors
- Unroll about 1-foot of your ribbon – do NOT cut!
- Trim the raw end so it is straight
- Begin folding the ribbon accordion-style, wrong-sides-together. Make 14 folding movements so that you end up with 7 pleats of equal size.
- Make sure that the raw edge on both ends points in the same direction
- Flatten this accordion and line up evenly the best that you can.
- Trim very close to one side, cutting away the wire edge.
- Staple this same end as close to the cut edge as you can get while still capturing all the folds.
- Set this aside (this is the dress/body)
- Unroll another few inches of ribbon, and begin to fold in the same manner. Take care to make the folds the same size as you did in the other piece.
- Make 10 folding movements so that you end up with 5 pleats.
- As with the other piece, make sure that the raw edge on both ends points in the same direction
- Flatten this accordion and line up evenly the best that you can. These are the wings.
- Do NOT cut – staple in the middle of this folded ribbon aligning the staple perpendicular to the folds.
- Fluff the pleats of the bottom/dress.
- Fluff the wings and decide which way they will face (raw edges on both pieces should be toward the back)
- Turn the underside of the wings piece upside down and place a line of hot glue in alignment with the staple.
- Taking care to ensure that the raw edges on both pieces (wings, bottom/dress) are lined up in the same direction, lay the cut edge of the bottom/dress in the line of hot glue – hold for a few seconds.
- Fluff and arrange your angel
- Find the bead you wish to use for the head.
- Cut a piece of metallic thread; fold in half & tie a knot at the cut ends. Trim the excess past the knot.
- Using a piece of fishing line or similar material as a pull/guide, thread the unknotted end of the metallic thread through the head bead.
- Depending on the bead, you may need to secure the knot from coming out through the top by putting a little hot glue on the end and easing up into the bead.
- It’s OK if the knot sticks out a little.
- Going back to the ribbon angel, lay the head bead on the wings to get a visual on where you want it to sit.
- Put a round spot of hot glue in the middle of the wings (on top of the staple) and lay the bead – knot down – into the hot glue. Hold for a few seconds until set.
- Locate the flat-backed gem or jewel that you wish to add to you angel. Lay at the intersection of the bottom/dress and wings to get a visual of how you want it positioned.
- Put a drop of hot glue at this intersection/on the ribbon where you want the jewel to go, and then lay the jewel on the hot glue.
- Measure the size of the halo you want and cut this size of the pearl-bead string. You do not need to cut extra – cut the exact size you want
- Place a small bead of hot glue on one end of the pearl bead string.
- Touch to the other end and hold until set.
- Thread this halo over the metallic thread and get a visual on how you want it to lie on the bead/head. Line up the connecting ends with the back of the head.
- Place a small dot of hot glue on the back of the head and position the connection point of the halo in this dot of glue; hold until set.
Here is a YouTube video that show how to make slightly different versions of these angels!
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