Folk Art Angel

Download the Pattern (PDF)

The gentle colors and texture of this shabby-yet-chic crackle finish are always appealing and surprisingly easy to recreate at home.

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Sheets, one each size: 18" x 12" x 1", 18" x 12" x
Other Materials
  • Muslin fabric, 45" x 1/4 yd.
  • Wire-edged silver metallic ribbon, 1/2" x 1 yd.
  • Buttons, flat, pearl-finish: 1/2", seven; 1" to
  • 1-1/4", 11
  • Cinnamon sticks, two
  • Acrylic paints: dark teal or color of choice (for
  • antique white; rose; black
  • Crackle finish


  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil with dull point
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife with new blade or serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Mixing bowl
  • Paintbrushes: stiff-bristled; small round
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Transfer paper (optional)


  • 1. Use marker to trace body pattern outlines onto 1-inch thick
    foam sheet; details will be added later. Trace front and back
    wing patterns separately onto 1/2-inch thick foam sheet. Wax
    knife blade with old candle. Carefully cut along traced lines
    with sharp utility knife or serrated knife; trim sharp edges
    from body. Cut one 1" square from 1/2-inch thick foam; set
    aside. Sand rough edges with scrap piece of foam.
  • 2. Use pencil tip and medium pressure to indent lines that
    separate arms from body. Cut narrow, v-shaped notches along lines.
  • 3. Cut following from muslin to cover foam pieces:

    head: 6" x 1-1/2", four;
    chest: 9" x 1-1/2", four;
    dress sides: 11" x 3", two;
    dress center: 11" x 7", one;
    back wings: 9" x 6", two;
    front wings: 8" x 4", two.

  • 4. In large mixing bowl, mix generous amount of white glue
    with water to consistency of heavy cream.
  • 5. Use stiff brush to apply generous layer of undiluted glue
    to front and sides of angel.
  • 6. Dip head fabric into diluted glue mixture; gently squeeze
    out excess. Press fabric onto foam; smooth with fingers.
    Repeat for chest. Fold and pin excess fabric to back.
  • 7. In same way, cover dress sides, pressing fabric firmly into
    arm notches. Clip fabric as needed to fold flat over ends of
    arms. Pin excess to back.
  • 8. Dip fabric for dress center; place on angel. Arrange extra
    fabric width into even folds that hang down over bottom edge
    of angel; pin excess to back.
  • 9. Cover wings in same way, arranging extra fabric into
    horizontal folds; pin excess to back.
  • 10. Let all pieces dry until stiff. When dry, apply one coat
    dark teal to front and sides of angel and wings. Let dry.
  • 11. Following manufacturer's instructions, apply one coat
    crackle finish. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
  • 12. Use long, sweeping strokes to apply one coat antique
    white. Do not overlap strokes or recoat; cracks will appear as
    topcoat dries. Let dry.
  • 13. If desired, use transfer paper to transfer angel's facial
    features; cheek markings are for placement only. Use round
    brush to paint eyes black and mouth rose; dry brush cheeks
    rose. To dry brush, dip brush in paint, then rub on paper
    towel until brush is almost dry; apply color to surface in
    circular motion.
  • 14. Use glue gun to glue front wings to back wings,
    overlapping as shown on pattern. For added support, glue foam
    square to back wing above front wing. Glue wings to back of body.
  • 15. Glue small buttons to dress as shown. Glue six large
    buttons to back of head for halo; glue second row to back of first row.
  • 16. Use utility knife to cut two 3" lengths (legs) and two 1"
    lengths (hands) from cinnamon sticks. Cut small hole in fabric
    at end of each arm and two holes in center bottom of dress.
    Use glue gun to apply glue to one end of sticks; twist into
    foam to secure.
  • 17. Cut ribbon in half. Tie one half into bow; glue to dress.
    Knot remaining ribbon ends; glue knot to center back of body for hanger.