Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wreaths as Tree Ornaments

Small grapevine wreath--decorated with poinsettias and a simple red bow. Looks so pretty on the tree.

Begin with a simple grapevine wreath from Joanne Fabrics. I used a heart-shaped wreath approximately 6" across the widest point. Purchase a bunch of pointsettia silk flowers and some red satin ribbon, Narrow ribbon works nicely. Get out your trusty friend--the glue gun--and just begin gluing the flowers to one side of the wreath. When you have achieved the look you want, tie several lengths of ribbon into a bow and glue the bow to the other side. You may attach a hanger to the back of the wreath but I actually just place the wreath around a branch on the Christmas tree and it stays in place.

So simple. Adds a nice homey touch to the tree.

"As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done."
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta

Angels Watching Over Me

This morning I tore into the storage bin that contains my collection of creative twist paper/clothespin angels. I made these many years ago after a friend had given me one as as gift. I found some wider creative twist paper in various colors, tweaked the design and of course added some of my own "creative twists". Considering they remain in my basement for most of the year, (and year-after-year) I am amazed that they still look almost as good as they did when I first made them.

The creative twist paper comes in so many colors.....

Gold! If you look closely, they all have little tiny gold halos on their heads....

The heart on this angel is also made from the paper twist...

You can embellish any way you I glued on a small fabric heart...


I thought, why not try something similar with's what I came up with....

My  almost NO-SEW Buttons and Bow Angel.....

Simply cut two matching pieces of muslin for the gown, glue the sides and bottom together. Glue on some lace. I also did a very basic stencil across the bottom. You can really embellish any way you want, additional rows of lace or ruffles would look nice--whatever! Be as creative as you want! Glue on some spanish moss for the hair, add a halo from a small gauge craft wire and insert the clothespin into the fabric. You may either run a gathering thread through the top to gather or just smush the fabric (my spell check came on for the word smush--is that not a word?) You can then glue the fabric to the "neck" of the clothespin just below the angel's head. I use hot glue and it works great! Just hold it in place for a minute and it sticks for years! Trust me!
Then add a button and a bow.

The wings are heart-shaped and are cut from two pieces of fabric. Also cut out a heart shape from a piece of cotton batting. Sandwich the batting between the pieces of fabric and glue. If you don't want to sew at all you can skip the next step. I then used a contrasting thread and stitched large stitches around the edge of the wings. It is difficult to see in the photo, but I used red stitches about  1/2" long and it just gives it even a more homespun look. ADd small pieces of contrasting fabric scraps to look like small patches, glue on with some craft buttons and add a twine hanger. DONE!

In this photo, the batting is easier for you to see as well as the large stitches around the wings.

Both styles of angels look so nice tied on to a gift, or tucked into a boxed gift. You could customized them for each person based on their occupation, hobbies. They can be added to wreaths, hung on the tree.... The sky's the limit!

I had planned to make these paper angels step-by-step for you but realized the paper is no longer available at Joanne Fabrics. I did find it online and I am going to order some. It comes in an amazing array of colors. I think the raffia bows on the wings and the lace add so much to her country appeal. The irridescent creative twist adds a nice touch too! 

I will be ordering some of this paper today so that I can make some new angels for package tie ons. They are fun and easy to make and just so cute. 

"These things I warmly wish for you:  someone to love, some work to do, a bit o' sun, a bit o' cheer and a guardian angel always near."
Irish Blessing

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