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Lace/Ribbon Angels
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giftmaking.jpg (15821 bytes)This week's Craft of the Week features Lace Ribbon Angels from our crafting friend Jerry. She's an active member of our online craft group and has many wonderful craft ideas.

Here's a little more about her:

Hi! My name is Jerry Gleason of Dodge City, Kansas. I truly appreciate being able to share some of my craftwork with you from time to time! The last 9+ years of my life, I have worked as a paraeducater/paraprofessional in special education classrooms at our local high school. Therefore, have always had the need for simple, inexpensive craft projects for the classroom.

ribbonangels.jpg (15836 bytes)On a personal level, I am a wife (to husband Terry), mother (to 3 neat children Jackie 39 - General Manager of local McDonalds, Ron 36 - career Navy, Patrick 21 - student at Kansas State University), and grandmother (to Desiree 21 - also Navy).

I love crafting and spend a lot of time looking for new ideas. I also enjoy reading, computing, and especially spending time with my family.
Thanks Jerry : )!

Lace/Ribbon Angels

What you need:

  • craft ribbon (fabric laces work too) 1 1/2 - 2 " wide
  • SMALL ribbon roses
  • 1/8-1/4 " ribbon for bow
  • 1/4" pom-pom for head
  • fastener (to wear as pin, or additional ribbon to hang from tree)
  • glue gun and/or Tacky glue

What you do:

  1. Of course you can use any size ribbon and adjust the size, the angel on your left is made of wall paper, so don't be to choosey, just make one up and see what you think. I have made them using 5" lace and added hair. (If you use fabric you will probably have to use a stiffener.)
  2. For the 1 1/2 - 2 " Angel:
    small_arrow.gif (868 bytes) Measure off 5 " of ribbon for the skirt/body
    small_arrow.gif (868 bytes) Measure off 2 - 2 1/2" pieces for wings.
  3. Fan fold the body ribbon (1/8 - 1/4 " folds). Glue with Tacky glue at one end. Fan fold the wing pieces the same way, putting a small line of glue in the center of each.
  4. When glue is dried, set one of the wing halves on each side of the body piece (so that about half of it extends above the body piece) and attach with glue gun.
  5. The Pom-Pom head will be glued in between the wing pieces. Now, just make a little bow or ribbon twist that will cover where the head/wings/body joins and glue in place.
  6. Add the ribbon rose on top of that. Turn your pin/decoration over and glue the pin or a 5 " strip of ribbon (folded to make a hanger) to the back. Both of these angels were also sprayed with a aerosol glitter, but that is not necessary. Adjust the folds and needed.
  7. Most of my angels were done with white ribbon lace, but these were the two that I had out where I could scan them.
  8. They truly are easy to make, sorry that my description sounds vague, but maybe with the scan you can figure it out.


From: Carlene in Kansas
I was raised in Ulysses, Ks. I've been making hankie angels for a few years and just came across you pattern for the ribbon angels. They are darling. I'm going to try my luck with them. I work in activities in a nursing home in Arvada, Colorado. We have a craft sale every year and the money goes to the activity fund to take our residents on outings. Thanks for the cute pattern. Your fellow Kansasan, Carlene

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Angel Ornaments or Pins

This craft is a wonderful project to do with children ages 6 and older. It is simple and looks great! The supplies are easy to find in any craft store. These pins/ornaments would make a welcomed gift.
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Brownies in a Jar Gift
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Everyone loves brownies.  Brownies are the perfect gift and you'll love our Brownies in a Jar. All you need is a one quart jar that you can pick up at your local craft store.  Just take the ingredients for the Double Fudge Brownie Mix and fill the jar.  You can make the jar festive by using a colorful ribbon to tie on the recipe instructions along with a note from you.  Using a small piece of material you can also cover the lid of the jar add the ribbon and you have "wrapped" your gift!

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