Away in the Manger: Heavenly Angel

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Heavenly Angel
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Top off your homemade manger with this heavenly angel.

To get the instructions for making the entire manger, click here.

What you'll need

  • 5 pipe cleaners: 2 skin-colored and 3 iridescent
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • About 8 feet of bulky-weight hair-colored yarn (we used Lion Brand Homespun slightly unraveled)
  • 3 to 4 jumbo cotton balls, unrolled
  • About 8 feet of skin-colored worsted-weight yarn
  • About 20 feet of fuzzy, superbulky-weight white yarn for the robe (we used Divine by Patons)
  • 5-mm sequin for eyes
  • Tacky glue

How to make it

  1. Heavenly Angel - Step 1

    Follow the first 4 steps of the directions for making people.

  2. Heavenly Angel - Step 2

    Then separate the legs to form an A shape and bend the tip of each into a foot. Wrap cotton around the head and body, making it thicker at the wrists to create flared sleeves and filling out the A shape at the bottom of the robe.

  3. Heavenly Angel - Step 3

    Maintaining the A shape and flared sleeves, wrap the yarn for the head and robe according to the people directions (but keep the head stem up). Slip one end of an iridescent pipe cleaner through the stem loop and twist it back on itself. Fold down the stem and follow the steps for the female hairstyle, covering the stem.

  4. Heavenly Angel - Step 4

    Form the pipe cleaner into a halo. Trim the end and twist it back on itself to secure. Save the excess pipe cleaner.

  5. Heavenly Angel - Step 5

    Use 1 iridescent pipe cleaner to shape each wing, leaving about 1 inch at the bottom and twisting each loop in place to secure.

  6. Step 6

    Twist together the 1-inch ends to join the left and right wings. Fold the ends into an upside-down U to create a hook. Use the pipe cleaner left over from the halo to create a belt, twisting the ends around the angel's waist and the wings to hold the wings in place. Use a dab of glue to secure the wings to the back if needed. To make eyes, cut the sequin in half and glue in place. Hang the angel from the paper clip on the stable roof.

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