Do you enjoy creating Victorian looking, holiday gifts and decorations? If so, you may want to contemplate making a few handkerchief angels this year. Based on my experience, handkerchief angels are easy to make and lend themselves to a multitude of uses. On average, each one will take you an hour to make and lighten your wallet by about $5. Here’s how to make one:
Handkerchief Angel Making Supplies
In order to create handkerchief angels, you will need a package of white handkerchiefs, a bag of polyester fiberfill, embroidery floss, 1/8 inch wide double-face ribbon and ¾ inch wide lace. You’ll also need thin-tipped fabric pens, a sewing needle, white thread, a hot glue gun and a 25 foot coil of wire garland. Wire garland colors to consider using are holographic silver, holographic gold, opalescent white and copper.
Assemble the Handkerchief Angel
Start the handkerchief angel making process by finding the handkerchief’s center. Then gather the material in that area into a ball. The ball will represent the angel’s head. Stuff the ball with polyester fiberfill and tack it shut with a few stitches. At this point, you may opt to create the angel’s face with thin-tipped fabric pens or embroidery thread. The choice is yours.
Next, beginning under the angel’s head, create a series of accordion folds on each side of its body. The accordion folds are designed to represent the angel’s arms. Once you are happy with the look of the angel’s arms, tack them into place using the white thread and a needle. You’ll also want to make a small knot towards the end of each arm to represent the angel’s hands.
Continue the craft project by embellishing the angel’s dress with the ¾ inch wide lace, the 1/8 inch wide double-face ribbon, the fabric paints and the embroidery floss. Afterward, fashion a small halo out of the wire garland and hot glue it to the top of the angel’s head.
Ways to Use Handkerchief Angels
Now that your handkerchief angel is complete, you may be wondering what to do with it. For starters, you could transform it into a tree topper with the aid of fabric stiffener and a paper mache craft cone. You can typically find both of those items for sale at major craft stores. If you don’t want to use the angels as tree toppers, they also make excellent place cards.
To convert the angels into place cards, simply embellish each one with a name of one of your guests. Afterwards, place the angels on top of paper mache craft cones and set them next to each guest’s place setting. Other great uses for handkerchief angels include gift tags, wreath accents, and tree ornaments.
Source: Personal Experience
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