How to make an angel for your Christmas tree with upcycled materials using a small scrap of fabric from a wedding dress.
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When we got our Christmas tree this year, I remembered that we didn’t have an angel or star to put on the top. While I could have run to the store, I decided that I had the perfect items to use to make my own. This was made with mostly upcycled items, as well as leftover items from other projects.
The beautiful fabric is actually small scraps from old wedding dresses that we upcycled into angel gowns to donate to a local hospital. I still have remnants that were too small for making another gown, but I didn’t want to throw away.
- Leftover thread cones from a serger.
- Bulb: Either white or clear and painted white
- Lace and an upcycled wedding dress.
- White fur that I had leftover from my Everest costume
- Cardboard (white preferably)
- Hot glue gun
- Outdoor Vinyl
- Cricut Air 2
- Transfer paper
How to Make a Christmas Tree Angel
Collect all of your supplies… that cone? It’s an empty thread cone from my serger.
I started by taking some white thick cardboard and cut out a wing shape.
I cut out a little dress shape from the upcycled wedding gown pieces.
I used my glue gun to attach the “dress.”
I folded over the edge on the back before gluing it down. No raw edges.
I did discover that my bulb ends wouldn’t fit inside the top of the serger cone so I carved the inner piece out.
Once I did that, the bulb fit inside perfectly.
I put some white acrylic paint inside the clear bulbs and shook it. I let it dry.
While that dried, I added fur to my wings.
I trimmed up the edges so they’re in the shape of wings. I left the middle empty for my angel to get glued on.
Next I glued my wings on.
I took a little lace and glue it around the neck of the angel.
Once that was done, I glued my bulb inside the head. The eyes are a doll face design from Cricut Design Space. I used transfer paper to apply them to my bulb. And it’s done! It fit well on the top of the tree too. I’m kind of excited that I found a use for the empty serger cones too.
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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