Autumn Angel




By Noreen Doll.

Craft a rustic looking autumn angel with silk leaves in fall colors.

Crafty Journal - Autumn Angel

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.

preserve fall leaves

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.

Materials

Fall Leaves in Assorted Shapes and Colors

1 Acorn, real or glittered

Ribbon or Twine

Stapler

Hot Glue Gun

Sharpie Marker in the Body Color, optional

Instructions

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.

Autumn angel made with preserved leaves.

My friend also made these autumn angels using silk leaves.

©Noreen Doll

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Comments

  1. This is so creative and cute! I love it. I will be looking for these supplies at Walmart. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How adorably sweet!

  3. LOVE THIS!!!!!!

  4. That came out so pretty and I agree I like the twine better too. These would be great as a garland too. Thanks for sharing on the We Made That Linky!

  5. Love this! So adorable! :-)

  6. What a fun craft to make…I will have to do this with my grandkiddies! Love that you got the leaves from the dollar store! Cute cute! Thanks for linking up today.
    Karin

  7. Ooooh I have just discovered your blog and there are so many awesome things on it. I love this post and I’m off to check out your paper clip angels too.

  8. That’s so sweet! Kids would love to make this! Would love you to share it with my readers at ohmy-creative.com

  9. Kids would love to make this (with parent help on the hot glue). Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa
    http://www.multiples-mom.com

  10. What a cute idea! Hopped over from I Gotta Create! Blessings ~ Judy

  11. Love this! Super cute. Perfect project for little ones. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a great week.
    Michelle

  12. Cool idea to make use of leaves. I love nature I love leaves and autumn is my fav season. Maples are wonderful. Love the changing color. Have a nice season of fabulous idea.
    Terrie from Hong Kong

  13. I love this idea, so simple yet so rustically beautiful. I’ve already stapled my leaves together and going now to search for an acorn to use – thanks so much for sharing. Mary

  14. That is so cute. Another great project for my crafting file! Thank you for joining TTF this week. Have a fun weekend!

  15. So adorable. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  16. Wow! This is so beautiful!

    I’m going to make a bunch. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Kelly @ Our Everyday Harvest

  17. Thank you for sharing your creative project at Potpourri Friday!

  18. What a great idea! These will be great for our special needs Sunday school class!

  19. Adorable! Simple and rustic! Would look great on a table as a name tag! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  20. So cute! What a great idea for the fall.

  21. very creative idea, love it!!!!

  22. Love this! Such a cute idea!

  23. Just a little note to share that I featured your post in my Our Favorite Things Link Party this week.
    http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-favorite-things-link-party-16.html

  24. My little quiet hometown lost a little innocent girl to a sensless murder at the hands of her “friends” last month. We have been raising money for the family. Our tom-boy played soccar and there will be a special ceremony in town this week-end where every sport in town will retire her number 14.
    I’m going to make a GAZILLION as Christmas tree ornaments that we can wear now and raise some money, too.
    Our Angel’s name is AUTUMN…

  25. I am so sorry for your town’s loss of a special young lady, and I am deeply touched that you have chosen my Autumn Angel to help her be remembered.

    Noreen

  26. These are so cute! You are very clever!

  27. Hi, I wanted to let you know I featured this on the EtsyKids Team blog along with 50 other Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and printables for kids.
    http://etsykids.blogspot.com/2012/11/50-thanksgiving-crafts-recipes-and.html

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