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Monday, December 17, 2012

My hands can do this --- Holiday Angels


Eating yogurt made by Activia doesn't just give only health benefits, but also they give me some ideas on how to recycle its cups with a very good purpose, like the project I made as shown below.

I believe in angels. I pray everyday to St. Michael, the Archangel, for guidance and protection.  Because I love angels, I made this nice, cute project just in time for this holiday season.  It’s a good thing  to instill our children about angels.  Encourage them to do this simple, cute project and let them write their wish to make a start of good holiday thoughts.  The angel's spiraled can hold a small letter (size of a calling card). They can become proud of themselves that they did something nice and good. At the same time, it's a nice decorative figure in your house this holiday season. 



Holiday Angels (2)



*HOLIDAY ANGELS

Materials:
(8)  empty Activia non-fat yogurt cups 4 oz
(6)  wiggly eyes (medium)
(3)  old Christmas balls (with colored threads)
(8)  packs of metal tone wire 4.925 / 1.5 m
       Home Spun yarns (leftovers)
       gravel or small stones
       gold tinsel garland 15ft (old)
       small burlap cloth or any white cloth (leftovers) 
       ribbon (Offray) (used or leftover)
       needle nose plier
       ice pick
       glue gun and glue stick
       Elmer’s glue
       scrap styrofoam
       ball pen and marker pen
       old magazines
       scissor
       floral wire
       scotch tape
       small birthday candles (used)
       short green garland (used)
       small Christmas lights (used)
 
Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:
SMALL ANGEL
1. FACE - The one with the pin should be the bottom part of the head. Glue the wiggly eyes into the Christmas ball with super glue to make a face of an angle. Be sure both eyes are well aligned on the face.  Cut a lip shape on any red colored page of a magazine and glue it on the face. Put the Christmas ball on top of one Activia cup to let it dry first.  Set it  aside.

2. HEAD –Cut 4 inches metal tone wire and insert one end into the hole of the pin of the Christmas ball.  Bend and press the wires together with needle nose plier and twist them.  Hold the wire with one hand while you carefully attach the yarn around the head with Elmer’s glue. Start gluing from the lower back of the head until you reach the top end. Filled one cup with gravel temporarily and stick the wire into the gravel to keep the head standing. Set it aside.

3. Cut a round-shape basket weave cloth with 5 inches circumference. Find the diameter and run the scissor through it. With your glue gun, carefully attach the ribbon around its edges up to the cut diameter. Be sure to apply small amount of glue only and make some adjustments as you curved around the edges of the cloth. Trim any excess cloth.  Make a separate red ribbon and don’t cut the excess floral wire.  Set them aside.     

4. Divide one pack of metal tone wire into 2 parts and cut them with a needle nose plier. This will be the HANDS.  Divide another one pack of metal tone wire again into 2 parts and cut them with a needle nose plier. This will be the WINGS. Cut  20 inches metal tone wire.  This will be the HALO.  Cut (3) 1 ¾ in (L) X ¾ in (W) X ¾ in (thickness) styrofoam. Set them aside. 

5. HALO -  Using your ball pen, tie one end of the wire around it until you reach the end to make a spiral shape and then remove the pen. Stretch out both ends of the wire a little bit and  twist them together. Carefully poke the ice pick into the upper back center of the head to make a small hole, but not going through deep enough.  Insert the end wires into the hole of the head.  Set aside the HEAD on an empty cup.

6. HANDS - Cut the edges of the one cup to make it round. Carefully poke the ice pick into the center side of one Activia cup to make a small hole. Do the same on the other side.  Insert the metal tone wire into the first hole. With the styrofoam on hand, insert the wire through its center and passing through its other side.  Put the styrofoam inside the cup and finish inserting the wire passing through the second hole.  Balance both wire ends.  Using your marker pen, tie one end of the wire around it to make a spiral shape and remove the pen.  Do the same procedure with the other end. This will be the FRONT SIDE. Do not glue any crumpled page on this part.

7. WINGS – Using the same cup where the HANDS are, carefully poke the ice pick into the back side of the cup to make a small hole. The holes should be leveled with the styrofoam inside. Using your marker pen, tie one end of the wire around it until you reach the end to make a spiral shape also and then remove the marker pen. Do the same with the other wire. Stretch out one end of each wire a little bit and twist them together. Insert them into the hole passing through the end of the styrofoam.  Using your needle nose plier, bend both ends of the wire at the side of the styrofoam.  Bend the other end of the wire outside the cup to close one wing.  Do the same with the other end.  Be sure to connect both wings as you close the last wire to make it stable.  Insert 2 chunks of styrofoam on top and carefully poke the wire of the HEAD into the center of the two chunks of styrofoam and carefully press down.

8. Insert the basket weave cloth on the neck area with the cut diameter running through at the back.  With your glue gun, attach the cloth around the edges of the cup.  Attach the ribbon by inserting the floral wire into the cloth and glue it. 

9. BODY -  Crumple a page of old magazine. With the glue gun, apply only small amount of glue on one spot of the side of the first cup as you attach one crumpled page. Too much glue can damage the cup. Glue another crumpled page on top of the previous page more time.  Half filled the first cup with gravel or small stones. Attach the next cup (HAND part) on top of the first cup. Glue the gold garland around the body starting from the bottom part going up. Keep the garland from being tangled around the wings, hands, and halo. Cut the excess garland and put a scotch tape at the end to keep it from getting loose and then glue its end. Stretch out all the wires of the hands, wings, and halo to form their respective shapes.


TALL ANGELS
10.Do the same instructions from #1 to #7 except the #8. When it comes to BODY, add another cup to make the angel taller.  On the first cup, glue one crumpled paper around its side.  Glue another crumpled page on top of the previous crumpled page. On the second cup, glue one crumpled page only.  Partially filled in the first cup with gravel or small stone. Put the second cup on top of it and then the last cup (HAND part).  Do the same instruction as per #9.  Do the same procedures for another tall angel.

         
 
         
Holiday Angels 
with 
Lord's Prayer Plate
You can arrange them in the best place you like to display with green garland and Christmas lights settings.  I also put a small birthday candle in one hand of each two tall angels, while the small angel holds my wish card. In my case, I arrange them in the kitchen window which is in front of my kitchen sink. So I can always see them and easily turn on the Christmas lights, while I wash the dishes.  I also have a plate with the Lord’s prayer hanging above.  They make me smile and feel happy for the day.  



*This project was included in Favecrafts' What's Hot as "Colorful Christmas Angels," ranked as #1 dated Sept. 26, 2015 as shown below. Please note this ranking is not permanent and can change anytime. Thank you very much to all viewers.



What's Hot

  1. Sue Eldred
  2. Maymona Susan Hamilton
  3. Mark Montano
  4. Laura Kelly
  5. Roseanna Beck
  6. Heidi Borchers
  7. Amanda Formaro
  8. Tiffany Windsor
  9. Maria Nerius
  10. Ann Butler
Read more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Craft-Designers/Maymona-Susan-Hamilton#eGxRV2A6jAq1v2hr.99





*As a craft designer, I was featured on All Free Holiday Crafts in its What’s Hot as #2 in the list dated October 14, 2016.  Please note this ranking is not permanent and can change anytime.  Thank you very much to all viewers.

What's Hot
1.      Sarah Norton Ramberg
2.      Susan Hamilton
3.      Maureen Wilson
4.      Kim M.
5.      Delia Randall
6.      Kierste Wade
7.      Haeley Giambalvo
8.      Jenny Barnett Rohrs
9.      Maria Elizabeth
10.    Amy Hindman

*This project was also included in All Free Holiday Crafts - What's Hot, posted #8 as 'Holiday Angels' dated October 14, 2016.  Please note this ranking is not permanent and can change anytime. Thank you very much to all viewers.

What's Hot

8.      Holiday Angels

Read more at 

http://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/Christmas-Ideas/Holiday-Angels#0jGWwgji8fmVOxO9.99


What's Hot

1.                          75+ Easy Christmas Crafts to Make at the Last Minute
2.                          Vintage Christmas Village
3.                          Crepe Paper Christmas Tree
4.                          Nativity Story Paperclip Angels
5.                          Quick and Easy Homemade Snow Globes
6.                          35+ Mason Jar Crafts for Christmas
7.                          Holiday Angels
8.                          100+ Simple Christmas Craft Ideas to Make This Year
9.                          "7 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts: Make Your Own Ornaments, Wreaths and More!" eBook
10.                       Macaroni Angel Name Tags


*This project was included again in All Free Holiday Crafts' What's Hot list dated Nov. 21, 2016.  This listing is not permanent and can change anytime. It is also listed as one among my Top Holiday Projects and  Top Greenecraft Projects. 

Related Yogurt Cup Craft Projects:
   Yogurt Flower Vase

Merry Christmas  
and
Happy, Prosperous New Year
to  All !!! 

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