I love repurposing things! So a year or two back when I visited tomato cages in a garden department, my head went wild with ideas. The one I have excited about was lighted yard angels. I always wanted Christmas yard art but I am not mad about what is on the market and when I did like it the cost was too high. Plus I really don’t like my stuff to be just like everyone else!!
Timing: 1 timeCost: $15Difficulty: Easy
*I borrowed pic to show what motivated me
I accumulated supplies (enough for 3 angels trigger as a decorator I follow the odd variety rule), shopping at places like buck tree, king buck, not to mention the garden department of lowes. I have my resources available such as plastic clothespins, zip ties, and glue g*n. I learned a long time back when utilizing a hot glue g*n, then clothespins come in handy not just to hold things in place in which you need them but to prevent you from burning your fingertips off! Anyone who has used hot glue has burnt themself hoping to maintain something in place while it dries. *Plastic clothespins operate better than timber because they come off easier at the finish.
I start by wrap the tomato cage together with string lights with clothes hooks to keep them in position while I am evenly spacing them out. I made sure I kept the plug-in to the bottom of the angels entire body that’s the larger end of this tomato cage. In the event you use solar lights you need to make sure your panel is at the bottom so that it can emerge and catch the sun and should you use battery operated lights you need to make sure you can get into the battery package. *Obviously if your angel isn’t moving outside you need to make sure your lights are rated for outside use. Once lights are set up I fasten them randomly with zip ties in a variety of places.
Get creative with dress design!
Next with the floral net, create a dress in your own angel’s body. Again use the clothespins to put it in position and then to aid you glue it on if you’re finished with your design. It will help to keep the dress on the crate by lipping the material round the wire and gluing like a seam.
Now time for your gorgeous wings. This is another time you can add your personal touch! You’re able to use feathers, garland or another material that you want to make it more like an angel than a fairy or a blossom. Begin with outlining using your clothes pins to maintain In place then as you glue. If you would like you will fill the entire wings with garland or feathers. Remember they’ll get thicker than more substance you’re using. You are ready to attach them into the body with hot glue and zip ties to fasten closely.
She’s course now wants her head! I found a sizable enough glittery ornament I was able to glue and zip tie firmly. My back up plan proved to be a large foam craft ball which could be painted with glittery adhesive or with foam safe gloss paint. Should you go that path and she is likely to be outdoors you should weather proof with a transparent sealant. **You would also should do this before anything else her head could be dry once you reach the measure.
Utilizing either a metallic pipe cleaner or floral wire wrapped with garland, form a circle a little larger than the angels head. Make a tripod with floral wire attached to the halo. Glue the centre leg of halo tripod to the rear of the head and another two are attached to the wings and secured with adhesive.
Shoes are just another method to make it yours
All of us accesorise ourselves if we dress up so we should do the exact same for our angel! This is another time you get to personalize to your taste. You may use blossoms, boas, anything you like, just make sure that you fasten it with zip ties, glue, or both.
*Sitting on puddle- lights and transparent plastic
Now you can set your angel (or angels) up in the yard. I used tent stakes to fasten to the ground. You can use any type of garden stakes to keep her in place on these windy days. Obviously if you’re keeping her indoors to enjoy you don’t need to stake down her, you just find a good spot to place her. Plug her in and light her up and stand back and be cautious of what you made…and be prepared for people to ask where you have her!!
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