Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Photos and original craft created by Catherine Castle
Hi, everyone! It’s
me, Catherine Castle, back with another greeting card craft. Today I'm going to show you how to make my angel ornaments with some of last year’s Christmas greeting
cards, which I’m sure you saved, right? If not, shame on you, because these
holiday greetings make wonderful crafts of all sorts. I'm always on the hunt for something new to do with this items. I dreamed these cuties up just for this Stitches Thru Time post when I couldn't find anything like it on the web.
Here’s what you’ll
need to get this project started.
·Greeting cards. You can choose a selection of a similar
color, like this cute little angel above, or mix and match with contrasting
colors. There’s no right or wrong here. Just have fun with it. Don’t worry
about the picture on the card, either, because once they’re cut up, it won’t
(0.9 inch) Styrofoam ball for each angel’s head
·A longish, sturdy needle with a large eye
·An awl and a piece of scrap wood
·12 inches of 3.2mm x 9.14 mm satin ribbon, per
angel you plan to make
·Rubber cement or hot glue
the back of a greeting card, cut a 4 ¼” W x 2 ¾” H rectangle. Fold rectangle in
half on the 4 ½ side and cut on the diagonal to create a triangle.
the cardboard triangle as a template, cut three triangles from the cards of
your choice.If you wish to make a
contrasting dress on your angel, then cut the triangles from different greeting
cards of contrasting color. Most half sheet greeting cards should give you
three triangles without any problem.
the 3 triangles in a stack to be sure they are the same size. If not, trim
until they match.
each triangle in half to form a right
triangle, matching the bottom and top points.
the triangles, and stack them again. Use the awl to bore a hole through the
apex of the triangle directly on the fold line. Don’t bore the hole too close
to the top, because this is the hole that will be used to attach the angel’s
head to her dress. You don’t want it to break through the edge of the cards
when you thread the hanger ribbon. Enlarge the holes a bit until you can get the
needle, threaded with the ribbon, through the holes.
the template, cut another triangle from the back side of the greeting card, or
the inside, for the wings. Fold the triangle in half as with the dress
triangles. On one of the angels below, I cut the verse section out and used it
for the wings. On the other angel pictured below I used a contrasting color for
the wings triangle in the opposite direction of the dress triangles.
lower the wings a bit, and cut of the bottom of the triangle to match the
bottom of the dress. The tip of the dress should be above the top edge of the
the rubber cement, hot glue (or stick glue if you’re working with your children,
glue the back sides of the 3 triangles together, forming the angel’s dress.
the wings on the back side of the dress triangles, matching the bottom edges.
the glue dry.
one half of the ribbon only, stitch through the front of the dress where you
made the holes earlier, going through all three triangles. Pull the ribbon up
so the ends are even.
the awl, poke a hole all the way through the Styrofoam ball, making sure it’s
large enough for the needle and two strands of ribbon to fit through.
one half of the ribbon through the opening in the head, then the other half.
a drop of rubber cement or hot glue at the apex of the dress, then press the bottom
opening of the head onto the tip of the dress triangles. Let dry.
a knot in the top of the ribbon.
your angel on the tree and enjoy
This angel also
makes a darling bow for a special Christmas gift. The recipient gets a prettily
wrapped gift and a keepsake ornament.
If you want to get
extra fancy, you can make an angel with a fuller skirt and a seed bead necklace
like the two shown above in the instructions. Instead of cutting 3 triangles
for the dress, cut 5 triangles. Bore the hole in the apex of the triangle, as
well as through the triangles at the top edge of the dress by the wings. Be
sure to keep the holes away from the edges of the dress or they will tear when
you thread the beads on. Fold the triangles, as with the other angel, but
instead of gluing, stack all 5 dress triangles and the wings triangle (as shown
above) , and staple the triangles and the wings in the center of the fold. Working with one half of the ribbon, thread
seed beads between the triangles, using an 18-inch section of ribbon. Pull the
ribbon even, then thread the remainder of the ribbon through the head, as
directed above. Glue the head to the apex of the triangles and tie off to
create the ornament hanger.
I made my angels
simple, but you can go crazy if you like, adding a wire halo, hair, eyes, or
scallop their wings using paper scrapbooking corner cutters. Use any
decorations you deem necessary. The sky’s the limit!
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Catherine Castle has been writing
all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked
part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to
her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides
writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending
theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished
objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her
garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden”
award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic
suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from
Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and
the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award.
Connect with her at her blogFacebook, or Twitter