By Noreen Doll.
Craft a rustic looking autumn angel with silk leaves in fall colors.
You can find silk leaves at the Dollar Store or the big box store, and I found the leaf bouquet with acorns at Walmart.
If you just want to make one angel, the bouquet alone would be all you need.
You could also use real leaves to make an autumn angel. Here’s how to preserve fall leaves.
Sort the leaves and choose your colors. You need an oak leaf or other long leaf for the body and 2 maple leaf shapes or 2 other matching shapes for the wings.
Use your angel as a magnet, a pin, or a place card on your Thanksgiving table.
Fall Leaves in Assorted Shapes and Colors
1 Acorn, real or glittered
Ribbon or Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Sharpie Marker in the Body Color, optional
1. Use 1 oblong oak shaped leaf for the autumn angel body and 2 maple leaves or other matching leaves for the wings.
2. Lay the oak leaf, with the wide end up, on top of the 2 maple leaves as shown.
Move the leaves around until you like the way it looks.
Staple the 3 leaves together. I used 2 staples because one of the leaves wasn’t caught by the first staple.
3. Use a Sharpie in the body color to color the staples and make them less noticeable. (You could open the stapler and color the 3 or 4 staples ready to come out before you staple the leaves.)
Be careful not to let the Sharpie tip touch the leaf or you will end up with a dark spot like I did.
4. Use a bit of hot glue between the body and the wings right at the top where you will attach the acorn head. Cool.
5. Put some hot glue on the acorn where the back of the head will be, and attach it to the angel body.
6. To make the glitter bow, cut a piece of wire edged glitter ribbon about 4 1/2 or 5 inches long. Adjust the length for the size bow you want.
Fold about half an inch of each end of the ribbon to the back, and gather the bow in the center.
Tie a matching narrow ribbon around the center gathered part.
Fluff the bow. I squeezed it more together at the ends as it was too wide for the size of the autumn angel.
7. Center the bow in the neck area of the angel and hot glue it on.
Alternate Twine Bow.
Cut a piece of twine about 8 inches long and tie a small bow. Adjust the loops to the size you want and tighten them.
Hot glue the twine bow just under the head.
I liked the twine bow for the Autumn Angel because it was more rustic and natural, like the leaves.
Here’s a slightly different version. The leaf shape for the wings is smaller.
These are the parts I used for this angel. And I used a button instead of an acorn for the head. I cut out the center point of the leaf and just left the two side ones.
My friend made this angel using leaves preserved with Mod Podge.
My friend also made these autumn angels using silk leaves.