Antique Angel Ornament or Wall Decor


Antique Angel Ornament or Wall Decor


This antique holiday angel is made with inexpensive foam painted with a faux rust finish. Hang from metallic ribbon for a beautiful tree ornament or use as wall decor.

Antique Angel Christmas Ornament


  • 1 sheet 18" x 12" x 1/2"STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • Faux finishes: iron; rust
  • Wire-edged metallic bronze ribbon, 1/2" x 1/2 yd.
  • Water-based acrylic primer
  • Water-based acrylic sealer (optional)
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil with dull point
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife and several new blades or serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable sponge brush
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pattern



  1. Use marker to trace pattern outlines onto foam sheet; details will be added later. Carefully cut along traced lines with sharp utility knife or serrated knife. Wax the knife blade first with an old candle for smooth, easy cutting. Note: When cutting around a tight curve, first make several cuts from traced line out to edge of foam sheet; continue cutting along curve, removing small foam sections one at a time. Sand rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.
  2. Use pencil tip and medium pressure to indent line that separates wings. Use pencil eraser or fingers to gently indent foam in area inside crook of arm.
  3. Use stiff brush to apply one coat primer to front and edges of angel. Let dry.
  4. Use disposable brush to apply two to three generous coats of iron finish to all primed surfaces. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
  5. When dry, use disposable brush to apply one to three coats of rust finish over iron finish. More coats result in more "rust"; apply as many as needed to achieve desired effect. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
  6. If desired, use disposable brush to apply one coat sealer to angel. Let dry completely. Note: Sealer will change color of final finish; model pictured did not use sealer.
  7. Knot center of ribbon and glue knot to top center back of angel. Tie ribbon ends in a bow as shown.

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As an alternative if you prefer not to use foam, You can get some thin wooden angel and other holiday shapes such as these at the local buck store or craft store and save yourself one step. They have a bit more heft when hanging them too. You could also use a cereal box cardboard glued together for one or two thicknesses to make it a ply product and save the environment too! Fun project.... Add some glitter for some more sparkle!

This is a lovely idea. I want to make one in this color and white and silver. Then turn it into a mobile and hang it from a hook I have in the corner of the living room ceiling. The tree will be under it. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely idea.

I think you can probably use trays that meat comes on. Nice craft.

I have written this before: Styrofoam is not an environmentally friendly product. It does not biodegrade, just breaks into smaller and smaller toxic pieces. Until Dow comes up with a biodegradable product, please use another material, perhaps cardboard. Thank you from Mother Nature

Use heavy card or perhaps balsa wood

Beautiful angel.

This angel looks lovely. I'm not sure how easy it will be to make, but it does look lovely and at least at this stage, I think it is something my elementary age Sunday School class would love to make. Thanks for making this available!

Has anyone tried to cut a larger sheet of styrofoam? Does that work?


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