You can make a pretty angel using raffia to adorn a Christmas tree or to use as a decoration year round. Generally, raffia angels don't have facial features but rather convey the essence of an angel with wings, a halo and a raffia skirt. You can make them any size you wish. If you want the angel to stand alone on a flat surface, use a larger bunch of raffia and flare it out to create the skirt so the angle can stand up.
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Things you need
- Needle-nose pliers
- 2 gold pipe cleaners
- Glue gun
- Plastic cranberry or other colourful trinket
Gather at least 12 strands or more of raffia in one hand. Bend it in half, making a tight loop in the middle.
Wrap a separate piece of raffia around the first bunch of raffia about 1 inch down from the top of the looped part. Wrap it several times and then tie a knot to secure it.
Cut away the excess strands after knotting the raffia. This creates the head of the angel.
Cut the jagged edges of the raffia at the bottom of the angel, creating a straight edge. Fan out the skirt a bit.
Twist and bend one of the gold pipe cleaners into a figure-8 shape to create the angel's wings. Cut away any excess pipe cleaner with the scissors. Use the needle-nose pliers to help you shape the wings.
Glue the centre of the wings to the back of the angel using the glue gun.
Bend the second gold pipe cleaner into a halo shape with a ½-inch vertical piece hanging down. Cut away the excess pipe cleaner and glue the stem of the halo to the back of the angel's head.
Separate three pieces of raffia on one side of the angel's skirt. Braid the pieces together to create an arm. Tie off with another piece of raffia and cut away the excess. Repeat for the other side.
Put a dab of hot glue on the angel's tummy area and bend both arms in together in a prayer-like fashion.
Put another dab of glue on top of the hands and affix a plastic cranberry or other trinket to add colour.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of cutting away the excess strands after tying a piece of raffia to create the head, you can make a loop with the excess strands so you can hang the angel on a Christmas tree.
- Keep the flammable raffia angel away from excessive heat and open flames.
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