One of the main reasons people shop at thrift stores is because they can purchase things really cheap. But for other people the low cost isn’t the attraction; they’re more interested in the unique things you find that you simply don’t see anywhere else. Look around your local thrift store for a pair of white evening gloves and can add yet another angel to your collection. The recycled glove Christmas angel is gorgeous and really simple to make.
If you can find a wrist glove it’s ideal. A glove of a longer length can be used but you’ll need to cut it down to be the size of a wrist glove. If you cut the glove glue a decorative lace or ribbon around the cut edge to conceal it. Tuck the thumb inside the glove and fill the rest with cotton batting. Don’t overstuff the fingers and try to make the two middle fingers a little fatter than the other two fingers of the glove.
Use a piece of small-diameter cord, or narrow lace or ribbon, to tie off the glove. Tie it a couple inches below the wrist. Tie it somewhat tightly since the tied area will then become the neck for the angel. Use a wooden ball to make her head. The ball can vary in size but should be proportionate to the rest of the angel. Glue it into the gathered area that was the wrist of the glove.
Draw two “u’s” to make the eyes and make tiny lines downward from the “u” to make eyelashes. Another choice is to use sticker eyes or wiggly eyes from a craft store. Use marker to draw a mouth. Add a dab of pink lipstick on each cheek.
Leave the two middle fingers of the glove as the legs and pull the other two fingers around to the front to make the arms. Glue the ends of these two fingers together with hot glue. Attach tiny dried flowers to the hands to make a bouquet. Create a ring from a piece of gold pipe cleaner and glue it to the angel’s head. If you want, you can first create yarn or string hair, then add the halo.
Use pipe cleaners to make large wings for the angel. These will help her stand on her own. Shape two pipe cleaners into simple wing shapes then secure them together in the middle. Position these on the angel’s back and glue in place.
Make nicer wings by first forming the wing shapes with the gold pipe cleaners then apply gluing to them. Lay the pipe cleaners, glue side down, onto lace or satiny fabric. After it has dried cut off excess fabric. Glue the wings to the back of the angel.
How you position the wings is important. Stand the angel up and place the wings so that they reach the floor. The legs and wings work together to hold the angel. Another helpful thing to hold the angel is to attach a small tree branch, clump of wired garland or similar thing behind her.
The recycled glove angel is simply gorgeous and can be enhanced in many ways. You can create an outfit for her by gluing on rows of lace or fabric. She can stand on a table or any other flat surface in the house to bring Christmas peace and joy.