Things You'll Need
- Empty and clean soda can
- Craft paint (tempera will work)
- Paint brushes
- Google eyes or felt pieces for eyes
- Ribbon or raffia
- Glue (hot glue guns work best)
- A small wooden heart
- Gold or silver pipe cleaner
- Newspaper or paper to work on
- Optional: gems, sequins and other decor
Christmas decorations are among the most enjoyable crafts to make and can be shared as gifts for friends and family. It is not always necessary to purchase materials from a craft store. Many items can be reused, such as soda cans, raffia, ribbons, bows and other small decorations. There is a lot of room for creativity and improvisation with this type of craft, so have fun with it.
Choose a clean and dry soda can. Remove the pop top and bend the can slightly in half. The top half is the head of the angel. The open hole will be the mouth of the angel. The bottom half of the can is the body of the angel.
Spread newspaper or other paper to protect your workspace. Paint the top half of the can a flesh color of your choice. Tempera paint will work well, especially if children are helping with this project as it is nontoxic.
Paint the bottom half of the can a bright color for the angel's clothing. You can be creative with this part and paint it multiple colors if you would like.
Glue on any pretty decorations that seem appealing, such as small sequins, gems or even glitter.
Using a hot glue gun, glue raffia (color of your choice) to the top of the can for hair.
Tie a bow with your ribbon or raffia and glue this to the backside of the can so that it sticks out on the sides of the can and looks like wings.
Paint on or glue on eyes for the angel.
Bend silver or gold pipe cleaner into a halo shape and glue this to the top of the can. You may have to use tape on the back of the can to keep the halo upright.
On the bottom of the can you can glue on a wooden heart for the feet, or you can paint the bottom of the can as desired.
Sit the angel on a shelf as decoration, or attach a string and place it on a tree branch.
Hot glue guns or craft glue work great for projects like this.
Do not leave children unattended with a hot glue gun.
Desi Crall has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University Sacramento, and is currently a graduate student of Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix. Desi has worked as a freelance writer for three years, with articles and blogs appearing on sites such as Examiner.com, Today.com, and BrightHub.com.