Faux Cupcake Ornaments

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create these festive miniature faux cupcakes to spice up your holiday décor this Christmas.

Materials

  • Celebrate It Mini Cupcake Baking Cups
  • FloraCraft Foam Ball, 1-1/2”
  • All-purpose caulking
  • White cardstock
  • Red ribbon
  • Assorted beads, four (for hanger)
  • Rhinestones: clear, two; red, 12
  • Beadalon Products: large topaz bead; silver beads, 18; headpins; wire, 24- and 18-gauge

Tools

  • Testors Enamel Paint Markers (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com): Blue (2508), Green (2524), Red (2503), Yellow (2514)
  • Wilton: Disposable Decorating Bags; Decorating Tips, #48, #70
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers, two
  • Funnel
  • Glitter: silver, clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, spool of thread, craft knife, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

All “frosting” on cupcakes is created by filling decorating bag with caulking and squeezing it out with different style tips.  Follow manufacturer’s directions on decorating bag package.  Decorating bags and tips used for these projects should not be reused for food.

Basic Cupcake

1. Cut small section off bottom of foam ball to create flat surface.

2. Apply caulking to flat bottom and set into baking cup.

3. Set baking cup into funnel.

4. Squeeze bead of caulking into space between cup and foam ball.  (Note: This will adhere foam to foil and help it keep its shape once set.)

Wire Hangers

1. Cut 5” length from 18-gauge wire; wrap around any tubular object, such as Testors enamel markers or jewelry ring maker, two or three times.

 

2. Lay another larger round object, such as a spool of thread, on excess wire and smooth wire around object to create “s” shape. Slip wire off both objects and trim. Dip wire end in glue, then attach bead.

3. Each hanger is connected to a SIMPLE LOOP WIRE. To create one, cut 2-1/2” length from 24-gauge wire and wrap into spiral on one end (See Wire Hangers – Step 1). Dip straight wire end into glue and insert into center of cupcake.

Angel Cupcake

1. Cut 18” length of 18-gauge wire; fold in half.

2. Using pliers, grab wire at 1/3 of wire length. Grab folded end with another set of pliers and twist until wires are wrapped around each other.

3. Form the two untwisted wires into “y” shape.

4. Roughly shape into curves with your hands. Twist ends together at top as shown.

5. Push the two twisted ends together, forming two loops for wings. Slide on topaz bead.

6. Form wings by pinching along wire several times with flat-nose pliers.

7. Slip silver bead over remaining wires above topaz bead.

8. Bend top wires into 45-degree angle.

9. Wrap and smooth remaining wire around marker or other round object to create double, open halo above topaz bead.

10. Stick long twisted stem at bottom of angel into glue and then into center of cupcake. Insert simple loop wire (from Wire Hangers – Step 3) in cupcake behind stem.

11. Using #70 decorating tip, form base of angel by applying adhesive caulking and working from center of cupcake out to edges, overlapping strokes.

12. When caulking is dry, paint with yellow marker.

Snowflake Cupcake

1. Print and use template to cut two identical snowflakes with craft knife from cardstock. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.) Place one flake on covered work surface and dot glue on center and points. Lay 3” simple loop wire on snowflake as shown. Place second snowflake on top of wire, aligning snowflakes. Let dry.

2. Apply thin coat of glue to both sides of snowflake and sprinkle on clear glitter. Adhere rhinestone in center on each side.

3. For frosting, use swirling pattern to apply caulking with #48 decorating tip positioned on its side.  (Note: This will make frosting swirls stand on end.)

4. When dry, paint frosting with blue marker. While paint is still wet, sprinkle on silver glitter. Stick snowflake simple loop wire into glue and then into center of cupcake.

Wreath Cupcake

1. Use #70 decorating tip to apply two rippled lines of caulking around border of cupcake. (Note: The slower you move the tip, the more it will ripple the caulking.)

2. Using toothpick, jab repeatedly at caulking. As toothpick is pulled out, peeks are formed that look like wreath needles.

3. When set, paint wreath with green marker.

4. Dab glue on back of red rhinestones and attach to wreath in groups of three.

5. Attach simple loop wire to center of cupcake. Tie bow on wire with red ribbon.

Gift Package Cupcake

1. Cover cupcake with caulking using #70 decorating tip.

2. Once set, apply caulking to add ribbon and bow with #48 tip.

3. Paint ribbon with red marker.

4. Push headpin into each silver bead and insert into cupcake as shown.  Add simple loop wire to center and surround with beads.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Springy Celebration Ornament

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Add sparkle and fun to your tree this year. This clay ornament is quick and easy so you can create a batch in many color combos!

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Red Glitter Oven-Bake Clay
  • Green glass crystals

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Clay Extruder (with half-circle extruding disc)
  • Copy paper
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Tape

Basic Supplies

wax paper

Directions

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 275° F. Run clay through Clay Conditioning Machine on several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass; insert folded side into rollers first.

STEP 2

Create cone with sheet of copy paper; tape in place.

STEP 3

Fill extruder completely with Red Glitter clay. Extrude completely.

STEP 4

Lay extruded piece of clay down on flat side. Using fingers, create point at one end. At other end, create loop and connect back to strip.

STEP 5

Press crystals firmly into clay in random pattern.

STEP 6

Starting with pointed end of strip and small point of paper cone, wrap clay around cone.

STEP 7

Bake clay on paper cone on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. Remove paper and hang ornament on tree.

Tip

  • For a different look, mix two colors of clay together to create marbleized look. Run marbleized clay through extruder and follow instructions to wrap around cone.

by Polyform Products (http://www.sculpey.com/)

Great Finds Friday: Children’s Art Project

(Note: This information was previously shared on the Craft Ideas Facebook page, but we feel it’s important to promote efforts like this one that do social good through creativity. You can shop the Children’s Art Project website year-round, not just at the holidays. For more information, visit http://www.childrensart.org.)

Still looking for one-of-a-kind, meaningful, affordable holiday gifts for loved ones? Check off your gift list and do good at the same time. Shop online to benefit University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Art Project (CAP). Three of our favorite crafty gift ideas are shown here. Here’s more information about the Children’s Art Project and their mission:

CAP’s in-hospital art classes offer pediatric cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Children’s Cancer Hospital the opportunity to let their spirit shine through while providing a respite from chemotherapy, needles and blood counts. What started as a volunteer project selling Christmas cards featuring the patients’ artwork operates today as a cherished non-profit and powerful million dollar enterprise with a national network of over 2,000 volunteers, 23 retail partners and almost 20,000 Facebook fans.

Most profoundly, CAP gives the young patients a sense of purpose and accomplishment, recognizing that cancer won’t get in the way of hopes, dreams and their futures.

SHOP. GIVE. DO GOOD. Merry Christmas!!!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Sweet Juliet Gift Bag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create a stunning DIY gift bag to present your gift cards and smaller gifts in style.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet Collection Antiquity Paper Collection (HCDP1 237)
  • Cardstock: red, salmon, kraft, moss green
  • Brown paper lunch bag, 5-1/2″ wide
  • Large white brad
  • Large oval rhinestone
  • Basic Grey Magnetic Disks

Tools

  • Die cutting and embossing machine
  • Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet Collection Postcard PreCut Stamp Set (HCPC 3563)
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliette (HCD 740), Sun Kissed Fleur (HCD 734); Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval Small (354804), Classic Oval Lg (354802), Gold Ovals One (088598), Borderabilities A2 Scalloped Borders One
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento; Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Lights Salmon, Earthtones in Lettuce, Pesto and Red Pepper
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Fantastix Blending Tool
  • Acrylic block
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, pencil, scoring tool

Directions

STEP 1

Cut paper bag 4-1/2” from bottom. Fold the bottom of the bag on itself with long sides together and crease, making the front and back of bag completely flat.

STEP 2

Cut kraft cardstock to 5-1/2”x7”; score length at 4-3/4” to create front flap. Using Scalloped Borders die, die cut/emboss edge of flap as shown.

STEP 3

Cut red cardstock to 5-1/4”x1-1/2”; cut cream patterned paper to 5”x1-1/8”. Using Scalloped Borders die, die cut/emboss long edge of cardstock. Adhere all three panels to flap as shown.

STEP 4

Cover back of bag with adhesive. Adhere back panel to bag, allowing front flap to flip over bag opening.

STEP 5

Cut kraft cardstock to 5-1/2”x4-3/4”, red cardstock to 5-1/4”x4-1/2 and cream patterned paper to 5”x4-1/4. Using Tuxedo Black ink, stamp image on paper; color as desired with inks and blending tool.

STEP 6

Mat stamped panel to red cardstock; adhere matted image to kraft panel. Cover front of bag with adhesive and adhere panel to bag, aligning edges with back panel.

STEP 7

Using Sweet Juliette die, die cut/emboss two leaf sprays from moss green cardstock; ink edges. Adhere to bag as shown.

STEP 8

Using Sun Kissed Fleur die, die cut/emboss two same-size flowers, one from red and one from salmon cardstock. Center align flower layers, rotating top layer so petal colors alternate; adhere. Adhere flower to bag as shown.

STEP 9

Using Sweet Juliet die, die cut/emboss two same-size flowers, one from red and one from salmon cardstock. Center align flower layers of remaining red and salmon flowers, rotating top layer so petal colors alternate. Fold flower arms in to center, secure from front with brad. Adhere to flower on bag.

STEP 10

Using Gold Ovals One, die cut/emboss decorative oval from red cardstock. Die cut/emboss coordinating oval from kraft cardstock. Mat red oval to kraft oval. Adhere rhinestone in center. Adhere oval panel to front flap as shown, extending beyond edge of flap. Align and adhere magnet to back bottom side of oval and inside bag to keep flap closed.

STEP 11

Cut 1/2”x10” kraft cardstock and 1/4”x10” red cardstock strips. Mat red strip to kraft strip; adhere. Score strip 1/2” from each end; fold to 45 degrees. Adhere scored flaps to back side of back panel.

by Linda Kleman for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Snowflake Favor Box

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This fun little box can be created with an electronic cutting machine or by hand. It’s perfect for stocking stuffers!

Materials

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Holiday print papers: blue, red
  • Transparency sheet
  • Metal snowman charm
  • Blue rhinestones
  • Trim: blue flat braid, red gingham ribbon
  • Small container of mints

Tools

  • Bosskut Gazelle Electronic Cutting Machine
  • The Cutting Café Christmas Tic Tac Box Template
  • Stampin’ Up! Jewelry Tag Punch
  • Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: double-sided red liner tape, clear dots, liquid glue
  • Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

2”x3”

Snowflake Favor Box

1. Download box template at www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut box from red paper and lid from blue paper using cutting machine. If you don’t have a cutting machine, print the pdf pattern and cut by hand using craft knife and cutting mat.

2. Back snowflake window with transparency before assembling. Score and fold box and lid pieces as indicated, securing edges with double-sided tape.

3. Drop entire mint container inside box. Place lid on box.

4. Print sentiment onto kraft cardstock, punch into tag, and ink edges white. Adhere to box over snowflake.

5. Adhere trim and ribbon to lid edges using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere rhinestones with liquid glue; let dry. Adhere snowman charm with clear dots.

Tip

  • Personalize kraft tag with name to create favor place card for your holiday party.

by Regina Easter (www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com)

Candy Cane Christmas Wreath

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create this adorable candy cane wreath for your home holiday decorating. Xyron adhesives will make this project super fast and easy.

Materials

  • Wrapped candy canes, 16
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up Cardstock, Ephemera Pack
  • May Arts red gingham plaid ribbon

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, Mega Runner, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron (1/4” High Tack Tape, Clear Hold Adhesive, Foam Squares), 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Sizzix Sidekick Machine with Sizzlits Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosette Decorative Strip Die
  • Craft punches: EK Success Martha Stewart Crafts Doily Lace Edge Punch, Circle Punch

Basic Supplies

scissors, scoring tool, score board

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two strips of striped paper measuring 2”x12”.

STEP 2

Punch long one side of each strip with Doily Lace punch.

STEP 3

Using a score board, score both strips every 1/2″. Accordion fold the strips.

STEP 4

Using Xyron’s 1/4″ High Tack Tape, apply adhesive strip to each ending tab and connect strips to form one long strip. With scalloped edge on outside, arc strip into circle rosette. Adhere rosette closed with Xyron 1/4” High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Punch circle from decorative paper.

STEP 6

Using Xyron Mega Runner, cover back side with adhesive and attach to top of striped rosette.

STEP 7

Using Sidekick machine and Rosette dies, die cut a larger rosette from greetings paper and smaller rosette from red snowflake paper. Accordion fold rosettes. With scalloped edge on outside, arc strip into circle rosette. Adhere rosette closed with Xyron 1/4” High Tack Tape. Run finishing circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and adhere to rosette fronts. Stack rosettes together; adhere using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Adhere snowman die cut to top of rosette stack with two Xyron Teresa Collins Foam Squares.

STEP 9

Using three or four Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere candy canes together, back to back as shown. Tie ribbon around each candy cane set. Arrange in wreath circle.

STEP 10

Using Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, adhere rosette stack to center of candy cane wreath, let dry. Add ribbon hanger and enjoy.

Tip

  • Use Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots or a hot glue gun to hold the candy cane tips together.

by Lori Williams for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Winter Wonderland Necklace

With the chill of winter descending across the northern hemisphere, what could be more appropriate than wearing some shimmery snowflake jewelry!

This sparkly piece combines so many of the things I love to make jewelry with: crystals, filigrees, and leather. Including leather in your jewelry designs is a great way to increase your jewelry making repertoire – it gives your jewelry a really individual look and it’s such a hot trend right now. Using a die-cutting machine makes easy work of cutting out the circles of leather but if you don’t have access to one, use a hole punch and piece of cardstock to make a template and then trace and cut out your circles.

The Winter Wonderland necklace uses a silver Metallic Leather Trim piece but a silver leather Bracelet Blank will also work. Or why not substitute Silver Creek Leather’s Gold or Gunmetal bracelet blanks for a different look? Combined with all that Swarovski sparkle, you will shimmer all through the winter.

Silver Creek Leather bracelet blanks and Metallic Leather Trim pieces are available at Hobby Lobby.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather Metallic Leather Trim piece in Silver; or Silver Bracelet Blank
  • Silver filigree circles, 33mm, two
  • Bohemian gold filigree circle, 33mm
  • Silver snowflake charms, 16mm, two
  • Gold snowflake charms, 16mm, nine
  • Faceted AB crystal teardrop, 9x6mm
  • Swarovski Elements Crystal Flatbacks: 4mm, 18; 5mm, three
  • Silver eyelets, 5mm, four
  • Gold curb chain, 8x4mm, 7″ length
  • Gold jump rings: 6mm, 34; 8mm; 4mm
  • Gold findings: ball headpin, lobster clasp

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and 1″ circle die or hole punch and scrap of cardstock
  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Flush cutters
  • Button shank remover
  • ScraPerfect Embellie Gellie Tool
  • Eyelet setting kit with 1/8” hole punch and hammer
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Glue, Swarovski Elements Create Your Style Crystal Glue Pen 

Basic Supplies

  • toothpick, permanent marker, scissors, ruler

Step 1

Place leather bracelet blank over circle die and cut out five circles. If using hole punch, punch circle in cardstock and use as template to trace and cut out five circles.

Step 2

Working on one filigree at a time, use toothpick to apply thin layer of Beacon 527 adhesive to within 3/16” of edge. Place leather circle on center of filigree and press down firmly.  Repeat with two remaining filigrees.

Step 3

Cut loop off two silver snowflakes and one gold snowflake with button shank remover.  Use Beacon 527 adhesive to attach two silver snowflakes to leather of silver filigree and gold snowflake to center of leather on gold filigree.

Step 4

Working on one snowflake piece at a time, pick up 6mm flatback crystal with Embellie Gellie tool; apply small dot of Crystal Glue to back.

Place between snowflake and edge of leather. Place six crystals evenly around each of three snowflakes.

Step 5

Place gold filigree and silver filigree back to back, align holes, and join together with jump ring. Connect with second jump ring approximately 3/8″ away from first jump ring. Place second silver filigree against gold one, back to back. Measure approximately 1/2″ around filigrees from last jump ring; connect together with jump rings.

It should form “V”-shape like this.

Step 6

Attach three jump rings together and hook one end onto loop of snowflake and other end to silver filigree, referring to photo for placement. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 7

Place mark on back of two remaining leather circles approximately 1/4″ from edge. Find opposite side of each circle and place another mark. Position hole punch over center of mark; punch it with hammer. Repeat on all holes.

Place eyelet in hole from front of leather and place it face down on mat. Place setting tool into tube of eyelet; tap it lightly a few times with hammer to set.

Step 8

Open jump ring and hook through eyelet.

Link two more jump rings together; attach them through jump ring in leather circle. Attach other end onto snowflake charm on end of necklace. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 9

Connect three snowflakes together with three jump rings between each one to form chain. Attach chain of three jump rings to last snowflake. Hook end jump ring into second eyelet hole of leather circle. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 10

Separate chain into two equal lengths. Open end link of each chain and attach to loop of snowflake at each end of necklace. Attach lobster clasp to other end of one chain and 8mm jump ring to other chain.

Step 11

String teardrop on headpin and create wrapped loop. Open 4mm jump ring, attach to bottom of gold filigree and to loop of teardrop before closing.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Vintage Santa Spoon Ornament

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use ribbon, vintage images, and sparkling Dew Drops to transform a simple spoon into a keepsake ornament.

Materials

  • The Robin’s Nest: Cream Cardstock, Christmas Rub-On, Gold Dew Drops, Christmas Tree Collection Tear Drop Dew Drops
  • Ribbon: red/white striped satin, narrow red glitter

Tools

  • Small oval punch
  • Craft wire
  • Dark red glitter glue
  • Adhesives: glue gun, clear-drying liquid glue, foam squares

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply large Santa rub-on to cream cardstock. Turn spoon upside down over image and trace bowl onto cardstock over Santa’s face, using photo as placement guide. Carefully cut out oval, preserving remaining rub-on image. Highlight image edges with glitter glue and let dry.

STEP 2

Using glue gun, adhere row of red Tear Drop Dew Drops, tips in, around bowl of spoon as shown. Let set. Layer several foam squares inside bowl of spoon and adhere Santa image.

STEP 3

Punch small oval from lower portion of remaining rub-on image; Christmas sentiment should be visible. Using clear-drying liquid glue, adhere gold Dew Drops around oval edges; let dry.

STEP 4

Tie multi-loop bows around spoon handle; secure with glue gun. Adhere oval image to center of bows.

STEP 5

Create small hanger from wire; thread under ribbon at back and secure with glue gun.

Tip

  • Work up a set of ornaments in assorted holiday colors by changing out ribbon and Dew Drops.

by Robin O’Crowley for The Robin’s Nest (www.robinsnest-scrap.com)

Holiday Gift Box Stack

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Stack up the holiday excitement by giving three small boxes instead of one big one!

Materials

  • Cardboard boxes with lids, in assorted sizes, three
  • American Crafts Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection Paper and Ephemera Cardstock Die Cuts
  • May Arts wide cream ribbon
  • Blue shimmer twine

Tools

  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker, 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tape, Adhesive Foam Squares from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Art Anthology Fiesta Velvet Dimensional Paint
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain ink pad

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, paintbrush, paper trimmer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, paint boxes; set aside to dry.

STEP 2

Working one box at a time, cut paper panels measuring 1/4″ smaller than sides and top.

STEP 3

Ink edges of paper panels.

STEP 4

Run panels through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 5

Center paper on lids and sides of boxes; adhere. Repeat Steps 2-5 until boxes are covered.

STEP 6

Stack boxes as desired. Using Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape, adhere box lids to bottoms of boxes sitting above them. (Note: This allows boxes to open and gifts to be placed inside.)

STEP 7

Tie ribbon around box stack. Run die cut numbers “2” and “5” through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; adhere to ribbon. Ink edges of mittens card. Using Xyron Adhesive Foam Squares from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, adhere mittens card and snowman die cut to stack. Using twine, tie Merry Christmas die cut to bow at top of stack.

Tips

  • Using these same techniques will yield a beautiful gift box from any plain box with a lid.
  • Have larger boxes? Xyron’s 5” Sticker Maker, 5” Creative Station or 9” Creative Station can be used for larger panels.

by Stacy Rodriguez for Xyron (www.xyron.com)

Heavenly Angel

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Decorate your home this holiday season with this beautiful angel made from fabric and freezer paper! Gold designs are airbrushed using lace and a paper doily as stencils, giving this angel her sparkle and shine.

Materials

  • Ivory sheer fabric, 18”x45”
  • Lace, 8”x8” scrap
  • FloraCraft Foam Cone, 6”
  • Paper doily, 12” circle
  • Gold ball Christmas ornament of choice, 1-1/2” diameter
  • Gold wire, 22- or 24-gauge
  • Gold headpins, three
  • Round pearls, three
  • Small green leafy Christmas sprig
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper

Tools

  • Testors Aztec Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztec Airbrushable Pearl Gold Acrylic Paint (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com)
  • Wire cutters
  • Paintbrush, 1”
  • Fast Finish Découpage
  • Adhesives: Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive, Elmer’s Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, marker, tape, craft knife, toothpicks, iron and pressing surface, knitting needle or skinny pen, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Angel Templates

1. Download and print angel body and wing template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.)

2. Follow directions to assemble body template.

Angel

1. From sheer fabric and freezer paper, cut one 16” square for angel body and three 8” squares for wings. Set wings aside.

2. Iron sheer fabric onto all freezer paper squares. (Note: Freezer paper will keep fabric stable while you work.)

3. Place 16” bonded fabric/paper square onto work surface with paper side up. Using template, trace one 12” circle onto freezer paper with marker. (Note: Circle will be visible through the sheer fabric.) Using marker, place dot in center of circle.

4. With fabric side up, use one-inch paintbrush to paint even coat of découpage on circle outline. Straddle line with center of brush to place découpage half inside and half outside of line. (Note: This will prevent fabric edge from fraying when cut.)

5. When dry, spray back side of 12-inch paper doily with repositionable stencil adhesive. Align doily with fabric circle and press to adhere.

6. Over covered work surface, use airbrush to paint doily gold.

7. When dry, carefully peel away doily, then fabric, from freezer paper.

8. Drape fabric over foam cone, matching dot to cone center.

9. For angel wings, place one 8” square onto work surface with paper side up. Trace wing template onto square using marker.

10. Use paintbrush to evenly coat entire fabric-side surface of each 8” square with découpage.

11. When completely dry, bond all three squares as follows:  Remove freezer paper from one square and place square on layer with wing outline. Paint with more découpage, which will bond fabrics together. Repeat with third wing and let dry.

12. Spray adhesive on back of lace and place over wing shape. (Note: Lace should cover wing completely.)

13. Over covered work surface, airbrush wing with gold paint. When completely dry, remove lace and cut out wing on marker line. Carefully peel away freezer paper.

14. For angel head, remove hanger/top from ball ornament. Place enough toothpicks in hole of ornament to fill space.  Adhere toothpicks to ball; let dry.

15. Wrap gold wire around knitting needle or skinny pen five times to form coiled ring small enough to cover toothpicks. Cut off excess wire.

16. Use craft knife to make small “x” cut into fabric over dot on cone. Insert toothpicks into spiral wire and push into dot in fabric, leaving about 1/4” space between head and body.

17. To form angel halo, double wrap wire around any round 1-1/2” object (such as a glue bottle). Slide wire off container. Make 45-degree bend in excess wire, leaving a 2-1/2” tail. Smooth out any kinks in wire circle.

18. Wrap opposite wire end around bend and cut off excess.

19. Push wire stem into cone behind angel’s head.

20. For angel arms, cut 8” wire length. Stick wire through cone, 1/4” below neck, leaving equal amount of wire on each side.  Bend wire to form angled arms.

21. Stick wire ends through ornamental Christmas sprig and loop ends.

22. Insert one headpin through each pearl. To attach wings on angel back, position one pearl at top of wings and push pearl headpin into cone. Place remaining pearl headpins at middle and at bottom to secure wings in place.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)