Have you ever heard of abaca? It's a natural fiber that comes from a plant related to the banana family. I found a roll of silver abaca at a thrift store and immediately thought of those wonky Christmas decorations you see in the shape of Christmas trees, hats and boxes. You know the ones I'm talking about usually found in bright green and red. Not wanting to make any of those, I did a search and actually came across a cute abaca angel (pictured below) for sale at Pier1.
I love making angels as you can see here, here and here, and wanted to add something like this to my collection.
I cut out petal shapes from the abaca fabric and also cut a small end from a foil cardboard tube. I had a little shiny silver ornament (head) which I regret using because the shiny part reflects everything in front of it.
I outlined the petals with silver glitter puffy paint. The sparkly effect doesn't show well in the photos.
Next, I overlapped more petals and used a total of 11 petals for the angel's dress.
I hot glue the silver ball on top of the tube for the head.
Next, I added a stiff silver rope that I shaped for the arms, attaching around, just below the head.
I soaked embroidery thread in mod podge and used a skewer to roll the ends into "curls" Once dry, I hot glued the hair to the head. I also made the silver rope into a halo and glue it on top of the hair. I put a little silver bow at the center.
This is the back
I crisscrossed two petals on the back, and glued for wings and added a small loop to hang the angel ornament.
She's a beauty, but doesn't photograph well.
I love her curls and halo and her little arms, as if, folded in prayer.
Have you made a collection of holiday treasures you're really proud of?
Especially the hand crafted ones?
Happy Holiday Crafting!