Homespun Lampshade Angel

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From her curly blonde hair to her lampshade gown and little girl's boots this angel's a charmer.

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Debi Schmitz

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: 6", 4"
  • Eggs: two each 2" and 3"
Other Materials
  • Paper lampshade, 7" tall, 4" wide at top, 10" at b
  • Girl's boots, 6" long
  • Girl's socks, tan
  • Wooden dowel: 3/4" x 36"; 1/2" x 6"
  • Wiggle eyes, 20mm, two
  • Doll wig, curly blonde
  • Satin ribbon, 1/4" x 2 yds., brown
  • Blue eucalyptus, several stems
  • Gold berries, two stems
  • Raffia, several strands, natural
  • Rusty tin heart charms: 1 large, 3 small
  • Fineline marker
  • Thread, #5 pearl cotton, black
  • Needle
  • Fabric: 3/4 yd. unbleached muslin; 1-1/2 yd. Osnab
  • Cardboard, two sheets 8-1/2" x 11"
  • Wire, 16-gauge

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Wire cutter
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

  • 1. Use wire cutters to cut frame from inside of lampshade. Neatly
    print "Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace, goodwill
    toward men" around bottom of shade.
  • 2. Feet: Flatten three sides on each 3" foam egg. Slip eggs into
    socks, with flat edges on the bottom and sides. Glue sock feet
    into boots. Insert and glue 18" dowel into each foot, keeping
    dowel straight. Lace up boot and tie tightly.
  • 3. Bloomers: Hem long edge of 18" x 24" piece of Osnaburg fabric;
    cut 6" slit on hemmed edge. With right sides together, fold 18"
    edges into center; gluing edges along 6" slit to make pant legs;
    above slit, glue two edges together. Turn right side out. Sew
    gathering stitch around waist and end of each pant leg. Slip pants
    onto legs. Tightly gather each pant leg around dowel; tie off thread.
  • 4. Body: Push 6" ball onto legs; remove, add glue to holes, and
    return ball to legs. Body should be 13" from top of the table and
    able to stand on its own. Gather, glue and pin top of bloomers to
    body. Glue lampshade on body.
  • 5. Glue 6" dowel in 4" ball for neck. Gather 20" square of muslin
    around ball; wire fabric tightly around neck and trim excess
    fabric to 1". Insert and glue head onto body.
  • 6. 9Arms: Flatten 2" foam eggs. Glue and insert ends of 18" length
    of wire into narrow ends of eggs. Gather a 12" square of muslin
    around each hand; securely wire excess fabric to arms.
  • 7. Sleeves: Glue together long edges of 7" x 12" piece of Osnaburg
    fabric, forming a 12" tube. Slip a hand 3" into tube and wire
    tightly around the wrist; pull hand through the tube. Repeat for
    other hand; overlap tubes in the center back and wire tightly.
    Wire arms to neck.
  • 8. Glue on eyes. Blush cheeks. Draw on smile, nose and freckles.
    Cut out eyelids, using Pattern A; glue in place. Glue on wig.
  • 9. Using several strands of raffia, make bow with 4" loops and 4"
    tails. Make a wired loopy bow from 1-1/4 yd. satin ribbon. Glue
    raffia bow to neck of angel; glue ribbon bow on top. Embellish bow
    with small pieces of eucalyptus and gold berries. Wire together
    several stems of eucalyptus, making small swag; wire swag to
    angel's hand. Glue a small raffia bow to center of swag; add
    several sprigs of gold berries. Glue small tin heart to center of
    raffia bow. Glue large heart to lampshade dress.
  • 10. Glue small raffia bows to top of toots; glue tin hearts in
    center of bows.
  • 11. Cut out two cardboard wings using Pattern B. Cut four wings
    from Osnaburg fabric, adding 1/2" all around. Sandwich cardboard
    wing between two fabric wings and lightly glue in center. Blanket
    stitch around edges with black pearl cotton thread. Carefully
    print saying (see Step 1) along edge of wings. Move all hair to
    the front and glue wings to back of angel's head and dress. Style
    hair; add satin bow.