Supplies needed – book, head (wooden or Styrofoam), toothpick, glue gun and glue sticks, ribbons or lace and adornments as desired, pipe cleaner, doll hair or paint. 1) Tear one page from the book you will be using. Set the page aside as it will be used later for the head.
2) Fold the pages of the book.
Wings – fold from the bottom outer corner in toward the binder in both the front and back of the book (fold toward the cover of the book). For a large book with thin pages (like a hymnal) I usually fold about 10 to 15 pages. For a small book with thicker pages, I usually only fold one page for the wings.
Dress – fold remaining pages from top outer corner down forming a straight line with the binding.
Once finished folding all the pages, your book should look something like this. Of course, a larger book will have more compact pages for a fuller dress.
3) Now it is time to add the head. You can use a Styrofoam ball covered in the page torn previously from the book. Or you can paint a wooden head.
Styrofoam ball – Choose the size which appropriately fits the body. I use a 3 inch size for a hymnal angel. Take the page you have set aside, place craft glue (not hot glue) on it and then apply the page to the Styrofoam ball. It will be a little wrinkly, but I think it adds to the hand made beauty. My pages never fit completely around the ball, so I always use the uncovered part as the back of her head. I then apply doll hair in the color of your choice. Everyone has their own way of applying doll hair. I use my hot glue gun and make a circular pattern around her head in the places I want to apply the hair. I then take the hair which I have spread out into my hand (for lack of better wording the hair is kind of in a wad) and put it up to the glue on the head all at once. Once the hair is applied, I spot glue to attach pieces of hair that are hanging down. This next step can only be done if the binding has separated some from the book. I place a toothpick in the bottom of her head in the area where her head will attach to the book. This way I can add glue to the toothpick, stick it down into the binding and add extra support to hold the head on. You can skip this step and just apply glue to the bottom of the head and stick it to the top of the book.
Once the head is applied to the body, I add the halo. I fold a piece of pipe cleaner (in the color of choice) into a circle, twist to keep the circle’s shape and leave a small “tail” to glue into the hair. Halo can be applied to anywhere on the head desired and can be any size desired. I usually try to hide the tail with the hair. It will look something like this when made. (sorry the photo would not come out very clear)
The halo should look something like this when applied.
If you choose to use a wooden head instead of a Styrofoam ball, again choose the proper size related to the body size. Paint the face as desired. You can then use doll hair or painted hair. Then apply in the same fashion as above. On mine shown below, I used a head with a hole in the bottom and still used the toothpick to help stabilize it better. The halo below is the small silver fake adjustable wedding rings or you can still use the pipe cleaner.
4) Now, adorn her as desired. I have used lace for collars, I have tied ribbon along the neck, I have used ribbon around the wings (as below) and beads or flowers for a necklace. You can also turn the corner of the wings out a little (as below) or leave them flat.
Here is one the finished angels!
I do hope you enjoy making these as much as I do!