Faux-Rust Angel Trio

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Rusty tin is a trendy decorating look and you can recreate this aged look yourself in one afternoon. No one will guess that these dramatic heavenly accents are made from STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand foam.

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Balls: two 2"; one 1-1/2"
  • Sheet, 36" x 12" x 1"
  • Cones, one each: 18"; 14"; 9"
Other Materials
  • Faux finishes: Iron Metallic Surfacer; Rust
  • Antiquing Solution (Modern Options)
  • Matte-finish spray varnish
  • Metal items: purchased motifs or costume jewelry;
  • three bangle bracelets


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 1/2" from top of each foam cone. Twist foam ball tightly onto top of cone until pieces fit snugly together; use smaller ball for 9" cone. Use glue gun to glue heads to bodies.

  • 2. Cut patterns from foam board as indicated. Position wings against sides of appropriate angel body. Gently rub wings up and down against body for proper angle, ensuring top edges of wings are perfectly horizontal. Glue wings to body.

  • 3. Glue decorative metal motif, charm or piece of costume jewelry at each neck. Use wire cutters to snip each bracelet halo in one place. Spread bangle apart slightly and glue ends into back of angel's head as shown. Adjust length of halo as needed for smallest angel.

  • 4. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply two coats iron finish to each angel, including halo and neckline motif.Follow instructions to apply one or more coats rust finish over iron; additional coats of rust finish will produce more orange patina. Let dry completely.

  • 5. Follow manufacturer's instructions to spray angels with one or more coats varnish. Let dry.