Golden Beaded Angel
Create elegant holiday atmosphere with this shining angel. Make one or a choir! Foam shapes come in many sizes; adjust materials to create your desired look.
Completion time – 1-2 hours
Designer – Aysha Shurman
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Balls, one each: 3"; 2"
- Cone, 9" x 4"
- Sheet, scrap
- Spray paint: metallic gold, foam-safe
- Gold bead string, 6mm x 1 yd.
- Sheer gold ribbon, 3" x 1-1/3 yds.
- Lightweight spackling compound
- Wooden skewers, two
- Small palette knife
- Water basin
- Paper towels
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Old newspapers
- Large cardboard box
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, clear-drying craft glue
- 1. Protect work surface with old newspapers. Work outdoors or
in well-ventilated area. Place large box on its side over
newspapers to create a spray box.
- 2. Insert wooden skewer into bottom of 3" foam ball; insert
opposite end into scrap foam. Place 3" ball and foam cone
inside spray box. Spray paint pieces gold; let dry completely. Remove
skewer from ball. Using glue gun, glue gold ball to top of cone; let dry.
- 3. Beginning at base of cone, use glue gun to glue bead string
evenly around cone. Continue wrapping beads up and around
cone, keeping rows tight, until cone and ball are both
completely covered. Trim excess bead string. Glue end of
string to top of ball to secure; let dry.
- 4. Insert skewer into bottom of 2" foam ball. Holding skewer
and using small palette knife, apply thin, even layer of
spackling to foam surface. Place skewer end into scrap foam;
let dry completely. When dry, lightly sand spackling and wipe
away dust with damp paper towel. Repeat.
- 5. Spray paint 2" ball gold; let dry. Remove skewer from ball.
Use glue gun to glue "head" to "body" as shown. Let dry completely.
- 6. Cut ribbon in half. Tie one ribbon length into a large bow
with very short tails; trim away excess ribbon. Tie second
ribbon length into a small bow with long tails. Use glue gun
to glue small bow to center of large bow; let dry. Glue back
of layered bow to top center back of angel's body; let dry completely.
- 7. Cut 5" length from remaining bead string. Using
clear-drying glue, glue beads to head in a circle to create
halo; do not use glue gun as glue will be visible.