Monday, November 21, 2011

Everyone Needs an Angel: Part 1

Have you looked at your calendar lately?  I don’t know why, but I keep getting shocked by just how close we are to Christmas!  Only 4 more Sunday’s lie between today and the big day!  Thursday is Thanksgiving!  Black Friday is – THIS FRIDAY!!!  I have already seen outdoor Christmas decoration going up and the stores have been playing Christmas Carols since November 1st!  I feel like I just put away all my decorations for this past year, and still, hear we are again!

The good thing is, I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!  I love everything about it.  I love the carols, the lights, the blow up Santas and Snowmen!  And here where I live we have temperatures up to 80 degrees this week!  We need all the decorating we can do to really bring that Christmas spirit. I mean, the weather surely isn’t going to be helping us.  Christmas shopping in shorts might be appealing to some, but I find it depressing!    So what can we do to lift my spirits?  Well, sometimes it takes an Angel, or 20…

I have made some really cute and super easy Christmas tree ornaments.  You can make these as simple or elaborate as you like.  I am going to post in two parts.  Today we will assemble our angel.  (Check back tomorrow for finishing touches.)

For materials you will need the old fashioned style clothespins, clothespin doll stands, and some miscellaneous “Woodsies” purchased at my local craft store. I bought a large bag of assorted Woodsie pieces.  Oh, and some wood glue!  That is it.

I first glued my clothespin into the clothespin doll stand.

Next I picked out a small circle from my assortment pack to use as a halo.  I glued it on a little slanted.  Don’t worry.  It is light enough to stay nicely in place.

Then I picked out two teardrop shaped pieces to use as wings.  I glued these to the center of the back of the clothespin under the halo.  Be careful not to use too much glue or it will run and the wings will slide out of place.  The right amount of glue will keep the wings positioned the way you like.

Now you have a finished angel!  This is a great project to do with your children, but I chose to go just a bit further with my angels.  I will share that with you tomorrow in Part II!