Fabulous Craft Angels
for Seniors and Elderly

natural clay pot angel

We’ve got lots of craft angels for you to make! All kinds, from glass centerpieces, to bells, to foil, to wood, to old-fashioned corn husk dolls! These are all easy craft ideas, and many are excellent for elderly activities, suitable for those who may have limitations. And of course, additional help can always be given.

You can make most of these angels from at least some of the materials you may already have on hand (sort of recycled crafts). Or get things inexpensively, including at thrift stores and garage sales. Be sure to also see lots more ideas and projects at Senior Activity Ideas.

Our Craft Angels

Wooden Angel Ornament

You will need:

Wood piece for body
2 wood pieces for wings
Bead for head
Wood glue
Gold wire for halo
Black, permanent marker for face (fine point)
White acrylic paint

This cute angel is made of interesting wood pieces that you can get in craft stores and also home improvement stores. Just decide how big you want it (this one is about 3 or 4 inches high), and what pieces you’ll use for the body and wings.

Depending on where you shop and what they have, some pieces may need to be cut (sawed) down in size. Unless you want a larger angel. A bead can be used for the head. Then use wood glue to attach them all together. When dry, paint the angel white or any other color you’d like. Anything simple can be used for a halo – gold-tone wire, or a little bit of a metallic or foliage garland. Even a circle of ribbon works well.

If you make a face, I suggest something very simple. It’s easiest to draw on with a permanent, fine-tipped Sharpie pen. A tiny bit of red marker, rubbed in after applied, can be used for the cheeks. A very simple project and excellent for crafts for the elderly -- with a nice, finished look. Make several of these angel crafts to give away, or to sell at functions or craft fairs.


Autumn Gourd Angel

I made this autumn angel from a white gourd. Use her as an unscary alternative for Halloween, or to bless your Thanksgiving table. She can also be a Christmas angel. If you can't find a white gourd during the holiday times, you could also use a Styrofoam ball, or even an ornament for the head of these craft angels.

You will need:

Small white gourd (shaped like a little pumpkin)
Hair – I used fake spider webbing. Or cotton balls, cotton in a roll, etc.
White tissue paper, folded twice
Markers or acrylic paints and brush, for the face
Circlet of ribbon for the halo
Large square of lace
Wine glass, jar, etc. for this stand
Flameless tea light or votive candle
White thread
Scissors
Glue gun or craft glue
Corsage pin(s)

First I turned my wine glass upside down, putting the tea light candle under it. Then I draped it with a large square of white lace.

To make the head, I first drew on a smiling face with colored markers. After that I took a piece of my fake spiderweb material, stretched it out a bit, and glued it around the head. You could also use cotton balls which you would stretch out, or cut a piece from a roll of cotton. You can also use yarn or Spanish moss. When the hair is dry, make your circlet from a piece of ribbon, and glue it to the top of the hair. Set the head on top of your stand with lace.

Now it's time to do the wings. I took a large piece of tissue paper, folded it in half, then in half again. (The wings have four layers). After folding the tissue, I cut out a large oval shape – large enough to amply stretch out on each side of the angel.

Then gather and pinch all the layers together in the middle, and tie it securely with white thread. When it's tied, spread the layers out on both sides of the wings. To attach the wings to the angel. I just took a long corsage pin and stuck it through the middle of the wings into the back of the gourd.


Natural Clay Pot Angel

Make a chorus of these clay pot craft angels and set them on a table, mantle, or in a centerpiece. Or place on an upturned branch of a Christmas tree.

You will need:

Vary small clay pot
Large wooden bead, or styro ball
Moss for hair, or ribbon, fake fur, etc.
Several strands of raffia for wings
Thread
2 twigs or pieces of pipe cleaner for arms
2 small beads for hands
Tiny wreath for halo, or circlet or ribbon
Small piece of cardboard, or card stock for book
Black fine-tip marker to make face
Glue gun or craft glue like Tacky Glue
Acrylic paint, you choice of colors (or markers)
If painting pot - Small paint brush, water container, rag

I first painted the decoration on the bottom of the clay pot with acrylics and set it aside to dry. But you could also make something simple with good markers like Sharpies.

Second, since these craft angels are small, I made an easy little face on the large bead/head with the black fin-tip marker. Then I glued on a bunch of moss for the hair, topped with a mini wreath for the halo. Set aside to dry.

When the painted pot was dry, I cut a twig into 2 small pieces for the arms, slid on the small bead hands, and glued them in place on each side of the pot. I find a glue gun works best for this type of gluing.

For the wings, I made loops of several strands of raffia, cut in a length so that they would amply stick out on both sides of the angel. I tied the loops in the middle with thread, then spread out the wings on each side. This was then glued in place to the back of the pot. A glue gun works best.

When everything was dry, I lastly make a little book from card stock (an old file folder). A dab of glue was put on each bead hand, and the book pressed into place.


Feather Angel (and Mobile)

Feather craft angels are probably one of the easiest projects to make. These are great for all ability levels, and even participants with elderly issues that limit activities should be able to make these with a minimum of help. With just a few inexpensive materials, you can have angels galore!

There are so many things you can do with them, including making mobiles! There are easy and more advanced ways to make mobiles, and we discuss both. No matter what, these feather angels are delightful to have around and to watch gently "fly" in the air or breeze when hung. So make sure to check out the photos and instructions at Feather Angel Craft.

Metallic Foil Angel Craft

The beautiful metallic angel craft idea was submitted in our Share Your Crafts forum by Donna of Iowa. Her instructions are easy to follow and thorough, so make sure you take a look at this one.

I’m sure these angels would look beautiful hanging in windows any time of the year (the blue metallic on this, if mixed with red ribbon and the white bead head and hair, would make a great Fourth of July angel too!) Stretch your imagination on how you can use these craft angels any time. Visit this page and read about Donna’s idea: Metallic Foil Angel Craft.

Angel Cornhusk Doll

The cornhusk doll is a traditional craft from Native Americans dating back hundreds of years. Our angel has a little bit of a different twist on the tradition. We don’t make it exactly the same way, if you’re familiar with the process, although we do use the cornhusks.

This is a wonderful project for any season. I keep mine on a shelf of my hutch all year long. Or perhaps give one as a keepsake gift. You can get cornhusks at craft stores, even the grocery stores. (And not just in fall – I just saw some lately at my store, and it’s March). We give detailed instructions on how to make these old-fashioned craft angels at Angel Cornhusk Doll. So if you or your group love tradition, you'll enjoy this one.

Elegant Glass Angel

This glass angel craft is elegant and easy to do. You can make it from everyday items you may already have. You could also use plastic items instead of glass, if glass would be a safety issue for elderly activities. These craft angels are excellent for centerpieces at home or at an event. They’re made from a vase turned upside down.

Imagine a line of glass angels on your table or mantle, in different sizes and shapes, all twinkling with candle light. (I often use flameless candles now in my crafts). Get the details and decorating options at Elegant Glass Angel Craft.

Angel Valentine and Candy Holder

Our cute angel valentine craft has so many possibilities. Use it to hold candy, give a valentine or gift, or as a centerpiece. And so many ways to decorate it too - including as a boy angel. It doesn’t have to be just for Valentine’s Day either. Since it’s made with a paper cup, you can use a cup in any color or with any kind of design, a birthday or anniversary, for instance. Have the angel holding a card instead of a valentine message. These craft angels can be used for giving gifts or at place settings at a party or get-together as well. So check out how to make them here: Angel Valentine and Candy Holder.

Pasta Angel Craft

This is one of the cutest angels, also submitted by a visitor, Allison of Oklahoma, to our Share Your Craft forum. You may have seen these craft angels before, and now we have excellent directions on how to make them. Since there are so many kinds of pasta out there, you can use your imagination on what you would like to do.

And because these little angels hold something in their arms or hands, you can use an item that is especially meaningful to you, or to a person you may be giving it to. A song book for a singer, a small paint brush for an artist, sewing item for a seamstress, even a lure or bobber for someone who needs a fishing angel! Read what Allison has to say at Pasta Angel Craft.

If you have any craft angels to share, make sure you visit our Share Your Craft forum. All you do is just start typing. It’s really great to include a photo, but not necessary! Check it out at Share Your Crafts.


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