Make your own Rustic DIY Wooden Angel using upcycled items including old wooden spindles. These make great décor and handmade gifts!
Today’s post is going to put the spotlight on an often forgotten crafting item – upcycled spindles. This Rustic DIY Wooden Angel is the perfect way to reuse old spindles that you’ve found over the years. Let me show you how to turn your collection into adorable décor or the perfect handmade Christmas gift.
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Supplies you’ll need to make your own Wooden Angel:
- Wings – The “wings” used for this project can be ordered by contacting Twin Knobs Woodworks. They will need to be made to fit the size of the spindle you are using.
- Wood Filler
- Tobacco Road VooDoo Gel from Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- White Cap Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint
- Ivory Floral Pattern Ribbon – No exactly what I used, but very similar.
- Gator Finishing Zip Sander
- Natural Jute Twine
- Aluminum Craft Wire
- Bosch Palm Sander
- Glue Adhesive
This project starts with wood spindles. As you can see, I have a collection to choose from. You’ll want to pick something that fits the space your angel will be used in and one that has a round top for the head.
The spindle I choose was pretty large and salvaged from an old bed frame, so there were some spots that needed to be filled.
To fill the holes, I used a putty knife and wood filler.
Add enough wood filler to create an even surface and let dry over night.
Once the filler is completely dry, sand the surface to smooth any uneven areas.
At this point, go ahead and bend some wire into a halo shape as shown below.
Now it’s time to paint!
First, paint all sides of the spindle white.
This may take more than one coat depending on the type of paint you are using and the finish you want to achieve.
Next, add a layer of Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel to the wings. I apply stain using a clean cloth.
Once the wings are dry, use a palm sander to distress.
This is what mine looked like after being distressed. Notice that I focused on the edges of the surface to create a more realistic look.
Next, I used my Gator Zip Sander to distress the spindle.
Again, I focused on the edges when sanding to create a realistic look.
Now it’s time to glue everything together!
And finally, add a few finishing touches. I added a lace bow and twine.
This is the perfect winter décor accent for your home and would also make a great gift!
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