STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Patina Angel Topiary

Ribbons and roses soften this elegant faux-finished messenger. Beautiful in your own home angels make ideal housewarming and shower gifts too.
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Blocks, one each: 12" x 12" x 1/2"; 6" x 4" x 2"
Other Materials
  • Faux finishes: copper; green patina
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4", 12" length
  • Satin fabric, 45" wide, 1/3 yd.
  • Lace, 1-1/2" x 2/3 yd.
  • Pearl trim, 2/3 yd.
  • Floral picks with pearl sprays, 6" long: bridal; pearlized roses
  • Ribbon roses, 1/4", six
  • Double-sided satin ribbon, 1/8" x 1/4 yd.
  • Birthday candle

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Straight pins
  • Utility knife with new blade
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Tape angel pattern pieces together along dashed line. Carefully cut angel from 1/2"-thick foam with sharp utility knife or serrated knife. Note: When cutting around tight curves, first make several cuts from pattern line out to edge of foam; continue cutting along curve, removing small foam pieces one at a time. Sand rough edges with scrap piece of foam. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply two to three generous coats of copper faux finish to 2" foam block, angel and dowel. While last coat is still wet, apply patina finish; let dry. Cut one 12" x 13" rectangle (gown) and one 5" square (sleeve) from satin fabric. Turn under top right-hand corner of sleeve and glue underside just beneath angel's hand. Wrap remaining fabric over edges of arm and spot glue to secure. Wrap excess to back and glue to secure. Holding gown fabric with long edge at top, turn top right-hand corner over 1-1/2" and gather to fit across front neck area; fabric will not wrap to back at neck. Fold over and press fabric edges that will cross wing and sleeve areas. Glue underside of gathered fabric across neck. Drape top turned edge across wing area to create pleasant folds; pin to secure. Arrange other folded edge across sleeve and pin. Wrap fabric around to back along top and bottom edges of angel. Glue fabric to left edge of angel so it conforms to foam curves. Carefully glue pearl trim to gown, sleeve and neckline edges. Gather lace to fit neckline and glue to angel. Glue lace along bottom of gown and sleeve edge. Form and glue pearl trim halo to head. Glue ribbon roses to halo to hide visible glue. Glue bridal pick onto wing, tucking wire ends under gown. Glue pearlized roses pick to angel, tucking wire ends under gown. Glue and push dowel into center of 2" foam block. Glue top end of dowel to back of angel. Glue birthday candle to hand and ribbon roses to cover glue. Tie ribbon into bow and glue to hand. If desired, trace second angel pattern onto fabric; glue to back of foam angel. If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas: Faux Rust Angel Trio Folk Art Angel Faux Carved Candle Pedestals