By Noreen Doll.
This butterfly angel is easy and inexpensive to make with Christmas tree ornaments.
I found the ornaments at Dollar Tree. There were 5 butterflies in one package and 2 teardrop shaped ornaments in another.
You can also get a small bag with several styrofoam balls of different sizes there.
So for $3 you can make 2 angels.
Sparkly Gold Pipe Cleaner
Nylon Fishing Line or Thin Gold Cord
Small White Button
Red and Black Markers
How to Make a Butterfly Angel.
Before you start, it’s a good idea to glue the cap onto the top of the ornament so it won’t wobble. Let the glue dry.
1. Cut the string off the ornament.
To make a dent for the neck, push the styrofoam ball onto the top of the ornament so the top goes part way inside the ball.
Remove the head so you can make a hole through it to add the ornament hanger cord.
2. Push the point of the skewer up through the center of the styrofoam ball, from the indentation you made in the bottom, until it comes out the top.
3. Use the markers to make a face on the styrofoam ball. Or you can leave it without a face if you prefer.
4. Cut a length of nylon fishing line or gold cord about 15 inches to 18 inches long.
Thread the fishing line through the ring in the top of the ornament, and then through the hole you made in the styrofoam ball, from the bottom to the top.
Pull the ends of the fishing line out the top of the ball and thread them through a small white button.
5. Before you pull the line tight, add some tacky glue to the bottom part of the hole in the styrofoam ball so the neck will be glued inside the head.
6. Tie a knot in the fishing line right up against the button so the head is pulled down firmly on to the metal top of the ornament.
Tie a knot in the fishing line again about 4 to 6 inches above the head and trim the ends.
7. Make the halo. Form a circle at one end of the sparkly gold pipe cleaner and twist it closed.
Bend the long end down. At about 1 1/4 inch, bend the pipe cleaner back up again so it is double, and twist it around the base of the halo. Cut off the excess.
Flatten the bottom loop and twist it two or three times. This will make it sturdy enough to push into the head.
8. Push the end of the halo stem into the back of the head so the halo stands slightly above the head.
It can be glued in place if needed.
9. Hot glue the angel body to the center of the butterfly wings.
10. Tie a bow around the butterfly angel’s neck.
If you have trouble getting the knot to stay in the fishing line, you can carefully melt the knot with heat so it can’t come undone.