I saw some book angels at a craft show some years ago, and I filed the idea away in the back of my mind for a some day project.
I thought it should be pretty easy to figure out how to make one.
It’s called Bread for the Journey, A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith.
After years of not thinking about it this book immediately put the book angel idea back into the front of my mind, and when something like that happens I take it as a sign.
This book was meant to be my book angel.
The book angels I saw at the craft show were made with music hymnals, which I would love to do, but I’ve never found a used hymnal book to use. That’s probably why it took me so long to get around to doing this project.
The first thing to do is to remove the dust jacket from the hard cover book. This book had about 200 pages (400 numbered pages).
Fold the back 25 pages (50 numbered pages) from the bottom corner up into the spine of the book. This is the right angel wing.
Fold the front 25 pages (50 numbered pages) from the bottom corner up into the spine of the book. This makes the left angel wing. (You’ll notice that I did the first few pages wrong, but it was an easy fix.)
Fold all the remaining pages towards the back of the book from the top corner down into the spine. This makes the dress of the angel.
I should mention that it was at this point when I decided that 25 pages (50 numbered pages) was the right amount to make the front and back wings. I had originally used 40 pages (80 numbered pages) for each of the wings, which turned out to be too many as the wings were too thick. All I had to do to correct this was unfold 15 front and back wing pages and refold them as skirt pages.
OK… so making this book angel wasn’t quite as easy as I thought. lol. Thankfully the fix was an easy one. Using about 1/4 of the total pages for the wings and the rest for the dress worked much better.
When all pages are folded it should look something like the above. I love how the text makes the pattern on her dress.
I was so pleased when the front wing ended up on the page entitled Be Yourself, and I only used 24 pages for the back wing because I thought the page entitled Spiritual Bodies was too appropriate not to use. You can’t tell that there’s 1 page difference between the two wings.
When folding the pages, whether for the wings or the dress, try to make them as even with each other as you can. They don’t have to match perfectly, but pretty close would be good.
Take a pencil and mark the shape of the angel wings on both sides of the inside book cover and fill those spaces in with a black Sharpie.
This step is totally a personal choice. The ones I saw at the craft show didn’t do this.
I like the black because it gives the wings much more definition. I also coloured all the edges of the book cover black as well.
I didn’t have a wooden bead big enough for the head so I used a styrofoam ball from my stash. I painted it with a flesh colour craft paint, but it looked too orange to me.
You could also use a Christmas ornament, but in my house of 4 cats it would have to be a plastic one for sure.
So I decided to cover it with a piece of a nylon stocking. I just tied a knot at the bottom of the ball.
I had some curly hair in my craft stash so I added that with my glue gun. Spanish moss would make nice hair too, for a more rustic look, but I didn’t have any.
Then I glued the head in place with the excess nylon being glued to the back of the book. I prefer to not give angels facial features, but they certainly can be added.
Then I went into my stash to see what I could find to doll her up a bit. This is where you can have some fun and use whatever you like.
I added three layers of a white lace ribbon, a gold ribbon bow, and a sweet little red rose. Her halo is made from a string of small white beads. The lace is glued to the edges of the book spine not to the pages.
And that’s it. She’s all done. The finished size will depend on the book size. My angel is about 8″ tall and 12″ wide.
This was such a fun project. I still hope to find a used hymnal one of these days, and when I do I’ll make her a friend.
What do you think?