I have no self control when it comes to a good angel ornament idea so please excuse this Christmas ornament tutorial coming at you in early August. My saving grace in all of this is that these sweet little angels were created using badminton birdies. And it just so happens that badminton is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a summer sport AND games are scheduled to take place this Thursday. Coincidence? I think not. Bringing it all together just for you, friends!!
I found these plastic birdies and ping pong balls at the Dollar Tree and scooped up several packages. The plastic birdies come in packs of 3 and it takes 2 birdies to make one angel…plan accordingly if you plan to go angel-making crazy!!
I painted several of the birdies different colors for fun but kept most of them traditional white. I cut a small slit in each of the ping pong balls and then cut a hole large enough to fit snug around the tip of the birdie. The ping pong balls were painted a flesh color and hot glued to the tip of each birdie.
The wings were cut out of a second birdie and then hot glued to the body portion.
A small piece of ribbon was cut and hot glued to cover the neck line.
Hair was created using jute cord but yarn will work great as well! To make different colors using the jute, I dipped an extra long piece inside a cup mixed with paint and water (red paint for red hair, black paint for black hair, etc) and allowed them to dry. The jute was hot glued in place. Get creative with your hairstyles!!
I painted the key rings and screw eyes gold. The key rings were glued on and the screw eyes were hand screwed into the top of the head.
A longer piece of ribbon can be looped through the screw eye to make your ornament complete!
I painted faces using acrylic paint and a very small paint brush. A raised bit of flesh paint worked great for noses! Paint pens and sharpies will do the trick as well so use whatever technique you are most comfortable with.
I had glitter spray on hand and added this at the end for an extra sparkle.
Craft fix complete!! Now to wait four months to hang them on the tree. 😉