This time of year is our favorite time to get back in the shop. We feel like Santa’s helpers, putting together great projects that could soon be underneath someone’s Christmas tree.
A project like our little Winter Angel not only makes for a wonderful addition to outdoor holiday displays, but is a natural for everyone on your list.
- Pine lumber in various sizes
- Barn siding if available
- Orbital sander and 120-grit sandpaper
- Wood glue
- Nail gun or hammer and nail
- Stair spindle
- U-brackets and screws
- Spray paints of various colors
1. Draw an outline of an angel’s body on a piece of paper, and then trace onto a piece of pine lumber.
2. Cut out the shape using a jigsaw.
Tip: Use a scroll blade (blade on left) for a smooth cut. A scroll blade is perfect for cutting curves in lumber. The blade on the right is for general cutting.
3. Sand the piece smooth with either an orbital sander or a piece of 120-grit sandpaper.
Tip: A sanding pad is a great way to keep the work piece from moving while you sand. A rug hold works great.
4. Referring to the template, draw out the angel’s headpiece. We used some barn siding to add a little interest to the angel.
(You can use any type of lumber, and add a painted finish to make it look distressed.)
5. Cut out the piece using the jigsaw.
6. Don’t sand this piece if you want to keep the barn siding as rustic-looking as possible.
7. Draw out the wings and cut out using the jigsaw. And remember: Sand smooth after cutting.
8. With the headdress in place on top of the body, draw the angel’s face, following the curve of the wings where the head meets the edge of the wing.
9. Draw the arm and hand and cut out using the jigsaw; sand smooth.
10. The trumpet was tricky; we drew the design, then cut it out using a utility knife. Sand smooth. (Be very careful not to rush this piece; we speak from experience.)
11. Draw and cut out the tiny little feet.
12. Using spray paint, paint all the pieces the color(s) of your choice. We did a lot of layering of colors.
Tip: Design Master Color Tool Sprays dry within minutes, so you can do several coats quickly, and come in many awesome colors.
13. Glue the angel’s hand to the arm, as well as the trumpet.
14. Attach the headdress to the body using wood glue and the nail gun.
15. Glue the angel’s face on next to the headdress.
16. Attach the feet to the back of the body using wood glue and nails.
17. Glue and nail the wings to the back of the angel’s body.
We were thrilled to find an old spindle to use as the post to display the angel. You can buy one of these new at a home-center store, or can try an antiques shop for an old one.
18. Attach the spindle to the back of the angel using U-brackets. Secure with screws.
19. Attach the arm to the body using glue and nails.
Apply polyurethane to the entire piece to protect the Angel from harsh weather.
This is one of those projects that can be modified to any style you wish. In other words, wing it!
Shari Hiller and Matt Fox are best known for HGTV’s “Room by Room.” They now host the PBS television series “Around the House With Matt and Shari.” Visit them on their website, www.mattandshari.com.