These angels for Christmas are easy to make and a beautiful gift for a friend. Display them during the holidays or year round, and use this tutorial as a guide to create your own style!
Do you recognize the style of doll below? If you’ve followed me for any length of time then you might recall me making these angel bottle dolls in the past. I used to sell them on my website for several years and you can Google “Shabbyfufu Bottle Dolls” if you are curious. You’ll see a bunch!
Since I don’t sell these days, I thought that it would be fun to teach you how to make your own. They are perfect to display for the holidays and so fun as a hostess gift for a vintage loving friend. Here is what you’ll need, and I’ll link similar items AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE…so definitely scroll all the way down!
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These angels for Christmas go pretty quickly once you get started and have created your first one. I made several in an afternoon of crafting! If you have doll heads that are hollow inside like my antique German doll heads, you’ll need a way to mount them to your bottle.
When using doll heads that are newer or plastic, then hot glue alone will likely work. To mount the doll head to the bottle I cut a strip of newspaper, rolled it and placed into the head opening first. Then use hot glue to ensure that the paper doesn’t fall out.
Place the bottom of the rolled paper into the bottle and use hot glue all the way around to adhere. As you can see, the doll head is not perfect and the bottle isn’t either. I love vintage and antiques, so that’s fine with me!
You’ll then want to give more stability to the doll head, so will add a collar. I like to use a snippet of old lace (lace scrap) and make ruffles as I hot glue. Don’t burn your fingers and keep a cloth to press down the lace close by!
Once you’ve finished the lace collar you can embellish with either a strip of ribbon or some rhinestones. I have a bag of broken jewelry for crafting that I found at a flea market and dig in often! You can cut vintage jewelry with snippers, as needed. Once you’ve done these steps the rest is easy and creative!
Angels for Christmas – Remainder Of Directions
- Add more lace to the bottle if desired. You could also use ruffled crepe paper like THIS. By the way, the same Etsy seller (one of my favorites) has these great sets of Bottle Brush Trees.
- Dig around your craft supplies for feathers, craft flowers and leaves, broken jewelry bits.
- You will need something to resemble wings and either feathers or craft leaves work best. In this doll I hot glued a white fabric craft leaf to each side of the bottle in the back. They weren’t quite large enough, so I hot glued some white maribou from the craft store to the back. This added some fluff and an ethereal look.
- For the angel’s corona, I glued a vintage flower from an old church hat on the back of the head.
- Last step is to add subtle touches of glitter. The glitter that I prefer for the holiday season is mica glitter. You can also use the home made glitter that I showed how to make IN THIS POPULAR POST!
- Use Mod Podge and apply to several areas with a cotton swab or small brush and dust with glitter.
*TIP* Let some of the bottle show and don’t cover it all, so that people know it’s an altered art doll!
Step back and take a look. Do you need some extra touches? I added a broken vintage pin to the doll’s dress.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and please let me know what you think in the comments!
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