to fill our lives with things,
we seldom take the time
to feel the brush
of Angel's wings
Angel Globes * Feathered Wreath
Who couldn't use a little divine intervention in their decor? The holidays are the perfect time to add some angelic touches to your home. Of course these heavenly crafts have to be created on an earthly budget.
Yes, everyone's seen these clear ornaments used a million and a half ways, but here's a simple craft that's not necessarily just for the holidays. These globes can be hung in a window, dangled on a Christmas tree branch, or simply given as a delightful gift to any of the "angels" in your life.
These are a bit tricky to photograph but they consist of an "angel" feather and mini "halo"
resting in a bed of sparkly "snow"
I hung from white ribbon but something glittery or rustic raffia would work as well
Epsom salts and "faux" snow or glitter-
the epsom salt adds enough weight to keep it balanced
Craft feathers in white
Glittery pipe cleaners
Angel quote tags
Funnel epsom salt with a bit of glitter or "snow" into globe
Pop in feather or two
Create small halo from pipe cleaner and squeeze through globe opening
If halos get a little misshapen use 2 skewers or cocktail stirrers to reshape halo inside globe. I positioned two skewers in opening in halo and pressed outward to reshape. (like building a ship in a bottle but not as hard as it would seem)
Use skewer or stirrer to rearrange or adjust items
Hang from ribbon and attach a quote if desired
(here are a few of my favorites also available on the "Printables" page)
I saw a feathered wreath at my local craft store and loved the gossamer glamour but wasn't thrilled with the price tag. I reinterpreted my own version for a fraction of the price. Since they say doves are the angels of the bird world I added one for good measure.
craft store feather wreath $34.99
A basic wreath:
(mine was straw and $1 after thanksgiving but any type that could be painted white will work)
White spray paint
A feather boa (from craft store- you may need 2 if wreath is large)
Some additional feathers (I had them leftover from the angel globes)
Self Stick-on sparkles or faux jewels
Assorted doves or ornaments of your choice
silver doilies - optional
Ribbon or hanger
(this is similar to our black Raven Halloween wreath from our Halloween Fun post)
Spray wreath with a quick coat of white paint (if it's not already)
Glue one end of feather boa to back of wreath and wrap evenly all around, adjusting as necessary
Glue or secure other end of boa
Looks a little sickly so far
Hot glue extra feathers for fullness. I trimmed the tough "quill" ends off of some feathers for a lighter fluffier effect. I also felt my wreath needed some more subtle sparkle, so I cut up a small plastic snowflake (6 for $1) and glued it's "branches"among the feathers.
Then get creative: add sparkles, birds, ornaments, to taste- I cut a small "crown" from silver doily and glued on to dove's head for a royal touch. I tried a few arrangements with the accent ornaments before committing to glue and opted for a fairly simple design (if feather boas, sparkles and birds in crowns can be described as simple)
Hang with ribbon or hanger if desired
*Not wild about white? This idea could be reinterpreted in any fun or unconventional holiday color: Vintage Pink, Dove Grey, Baby Blue?
I tried a few different vignettes and thought the wreath worked well with the angel globes and some (not necessarily Christmas) bird themed odds and ends I had on hand.