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


  • Balls, one each: 3"; 2"
  • Cone, 9" x 4"
  • Sheet, scrap
Other Materials
  • 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


  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewers, two
  • Small palette knife
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • 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.