Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed your week-end. I had the chance to do some estate saling on both Friday and Saturday, but worked on several projects, too. I was busy, busy, busy. Friday night my sweet family and I went out to eat together, which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like because of the teenager’s schedules. Today I have my first Christmas ornament of the season to share with you: an upcycled toilet paper tube angel.
I always love the challenge of taking something ordinary, something that you’d normally just throw away, and turning it into something fresh and new. I think my darling angel falls into that category. Would you like to know how I made her? Here’s what you’ll need to get started: two toilet paper tubes, scissors, some creamy white craft paint, a small wooden sphere, lace, hot glue, white glue or Modge Podge, gold cord, and glitter.
Start by making a vertical cut right down the side of your tube.
Then, paint it with the creamy white craft paint.
Next, make vertical cuts up to 3/4″ from the top at 1/2″ intervals all around the tube.
Now you have a “hula skirt” of sorts and you’re going to roll up the “waistband” pretty tightly. Glue the waistband closed with hot glue and hold it together until it sets.
For the head, I bought a wooden “head” at a craft store and painted it the same creamy white that I used on the skirt. I glued a bit of lace around my angel’s neck and then added a pearl embellishment. For the halo, I used a loop of gold cord. I glued a piece of fine gold cord (for hanging the ornament from the tree) to the back of her neck.
Here’s a simple pattern for the wings.
I traced it onto my second toilet paper tube, cut it out, and painted both sides it creamy white. Once the paint dried, I brushed on Modge Podge and sprinkled on some fine, white glitter (I just did the side that would show).
Lastly, I glued them to the back of my angel.
Since you can never have too much glitter, I sprinkled some on the bottom of my angel’s skirt.
Don’t forget to make her a companion or two. Her pink-headed friend was my “prototype.” I decided I preferred the creamy white. You could make an all gold version, too. Any other variations you could try?