Thursday, December 8, 2011

Natural Angels Ornaments

I made the natural angels ornaments after seeing them in Gooseberry Patch Christmas, Book 2.  I also taught a mini class on how to make them.  By doing some of the work ahead of time, it made a nice 30 minute class.  You need white felt--I chose ecru (creamy off-white).  Other materials include a little polyester fiberfill and 4-inch tall wooden doll clothespin, country print fabric, hot glue gun, dried bay leaves, and dried apple slices.  See below on how to dry the apples and seal them and the bay leaves so they'll last a good while.

running stitch
  1. For each angel, cut one 2-1/2-inch square from felt.  Place a small amount of fiberfill at center of felt square.  Gather felt around top of clothespin; wrap and tie thread around gathers to secure.
  2. Tear a 3-1/2"x9" piece of fabric for dress.  Work running stitches along one long edge of dress.  Pull ends of thread to gather dress around neck of angel; tie thread to secure.  (Running Stitch:  a series of straight stitches with stitch length equal to the space between stitches).
  3. Glue 2 bay leaves to angel for wings and an apple slice over bay leaves for halo.

Dried Fruit Slices
Dry apples the day before you plan to use them.  Begin by slicing apples vertically to make 1/4-in.-thick heart shaped slices.  Soak slices in mixture of 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon salt for 3-4 minutes.  Drain and place apples on oven rack (wire, oven-proof cooling rack works well since apples will eventually shrink up some); bake at 150 degrees (not above 200 degrees) with door ajar for 5 to 6 hours or until they feel leathery.  When apples are cool, spray with 2 coats matte clear acrylic spray sealer to retain color (allowing to dry between coats).  This can be done with oranges and grapefruit slices as well but you don't have to soak them in the lemon juice mixture.  (Country Woman Magazine, May/June 1992, p. 21)


Mrs. Mordecai said...

Wow, I would love to try those apple slices. They would look great on the tree!

Heather said...

I desperately tried to find a photo from many years back of a beautiful little tree (real) that was placed on a table in the foyer of my church. It had dried orange and apple slices and raffia bows. It was so lovely!


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