How to make an angel tree topper

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How to make an angel tree topper
Homemade Christmas angel (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Top your Christmas tree with an adorable angel. You can make an elegant angel adorned in lace or gold-trimmed velvet. You can also make a country angel with raffia hair, dressed in calico. There are so many styles of angels ' make yours unique and use it year after year.

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Things you need

  • Brushes
  • Doll Hair
  • Gold 6 mm (1/4 inch) Wire-edged Ribbons
  • Satin Ribbon
  • 2 x 12 mm (1/2 inch) Wooden Beads
  • 225 mm (9 inch) Tree Topper Cones
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Fiberfill
  • Glues
  • Lightweight Base Fabrics
  • Metallic Threads
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Needles
  • Thimbles
  • 200 mm (8 inch) square Lace Doilies
  • Scissors
  • Angel Or Doll Heads
  • 100 mm (4 inch) long, 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide wooden thin wood dowels
  • 75 mm (3 inch) papier-mâché eggs

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  1. 1

    Wrap a 225 mm (9 inch) plastic tree topper cone in a 225 by 580 mm (9 by 23 inch) piece of base fabric ' broadcloth, muslin or another lightweight fabric ' and glue fabric into place.

  2. 2

    Use skin-toned acrylic paints to paint a 75 mm (3 inch) papier-mâché egg (head), a 100 mm (4 inch) long, 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide wooden dowel (neck) and two 12 mm (1/2 inch) wooden beads (hands). Set aside and allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Paint desired facial features onto the egg. The top of the head will be at the wider end. Glue doll hair and a halo onto the top of the head. Make a halo with a 225 mm (9 inch) length of 6 mm (1/4 inch) gold wire-edged ribbon that has been rolled and made into a circle. Glue halo to hair.

  4. 4

    Cut out a 25 mm (1 inch) diameter hole for a neck opening from the center of a 300 by 450 mm (12 by 18 inch) piece of fabric. Use a metallic or other coordinating thread and hand stitch the cut edges so they're bound and won't unravel.

  5. 5

    Fold the fabric in half widthwise, right sides out, to form a 225 by 300 mm (9 by 12 inch) rectangle. Stitch across the fabric 9 mm (3/8 inch) from the fold to make sleeves. Stop your stitches 12 mm (1/2 inch) from each side of the neck opening. The center of the dress is not to be stitched.

  6. 6

    Take two narrow 300 mm (12 inch) lengths of metallic or coordinating satin ribbon and tie a knot at one end of each length. Thread a wooden bead onto each ribbon and put some glue on each knot. Slide the bead onto the knot and allow to dry.

  7. 7

    Thread each unknotted ribbon end through the sleeve casings made in step 5 and out through the neck hole. Place the fabric onto the cone and tie the loose ribbon ends into a bow that will sit under the angel's chin. The hands should be at the center front of the angel. The sleeves will be folded to the front.

  8. 8

    Use scissors to poke a small hole into the bottom of the doll's head. Carefully insert the dowel 50 mm (2 inches) into the egg. The dowel should fit snugly. Insert the other end of the dowel into the top of the cone and glue into place.

  9. 9

    Fold an 200 mm (8 inch) square lace doily in half diagonally to form a triangle. Stitch the edges together but leave a small opening. Stuff wings with a small amount of fiberfill and hand stitch the gap closed.

  10. 10

    Hand sew a running stitch down the center of the wings. Sew through both layers. Leave thread ends unknotted. Pull thread ends so the center area of the wings is gathered. Wrap threads tightly around the center of the wings. Knot and trim excess.

  11. 11

    Tie a narrow wire-edged ribbon around the gathered area of the wings, position wings against the back of the angel and then tie a bow under the angel's neck. Arrange and trim bow as desired.

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