How to Make Angels With Beads

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Handmade ornaments are wonderful additions to your Christmas tree, crafting new ones each year, shapes a time capsule of your family. Angels are a traditional ornament choice and using bits and pieces of family memorabilia to fashion them, creates special family heirlooms. Use Grandma's vintage costume jewelry to make unique angels with beads that will always be hung in a prominent place on the tree. These beaded angels are easy to make and are a terrific project that encourages quality family time.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 1/2-inch flat button
  • Assorted vintage beads
  • 1/2-inch diameter wooden bead
  • Flesh-colored acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • 1/4-inch flat button
  • Curly doll hair
  • Craft glue
  • Blush and cotton swab
  • Toothpick
  • Black acrylic paint
  • 1-inch wide wire edged ribbon, 1/2-yard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Novelty wedding band
  • Measure and cut an 18-inch length of craft wire. Thread one end of the wire through one hole of a 1/2-inch flat button. Slide the button halfway down the wire's length. Thread the same end of the wire in an adjacent hole on the button and pull it through. Both ends of the wire will be on one side of the button. Bring the ends of the wire together. The button is the bottom of the angel ornament.

  • Choose an assortment of vintage beads with holes large enough to thread two wires through. Thread a bead of your choice on the doubled wire and slide it down to the button. Repeat with additional beads, in any pattern you choose, until the length of the strung beads is 4-inches long. This will leave you with approximately 5-inches of doubled wire at the end. The strung beads are the angel's body. Set the body aside.

  • Paint a 1/2-inch diameter wooden bead using flesh-colored acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Thread the wooden bead on the doubled wire extending from the angel body Slide it down to the top of the strung vintage beads, for the angel head. Separate the wire ends. Thread a 1/4-inch wide flat button on the separated wires, each wire through a different hole. Slide the button down to the head. Bring the wires together and twist above the button.

  • Rub a wad of curly doll hair, the size of a cotton ball, between your palms. This will make the hair fluffy. Apply craft glue to the top of the angel head and the button on top. Arrange the hair in the glue. Choose which side of the head will be the angel's face. Apply blush to the cheeks using a cotton swab. Dip a toothpick in black acrylic paint. Dot a nose in the center of the face and two eyes above the nose.

  • Cut an 18-inch length of 1-inch wide wire edged ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a 5-inch bow and trim the tails at an angle. This is your angel wings. Place a dot of hot glue on the knot, on the front of the bow. Lay the back of the angel on the bow, with the neck placed in the glue. Apply craft glue to the edge, on one side of a novelty wedding band. Thread it over the wire and set the glue side on top of the head. Twist the ends of the wire together and open the resulting loop for the ornament's hanger.

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