To say that I’m a Doctor Who fan would be a slight understatement. I won’t get into too many details, but let’s just say that this year I decided to Dalek the Halls (audible groan) with holiday decorations that resemble a “big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.” First up is this Weeping Angel statue that can double as a tree-topper.
- One unlit angel tree topper
- Strong adhesive
- A rubber band
- White acrylic paint or all-purpose white glue
- One (12-ounce) can Krylon fine stone textured spray paint, granite finish
- Newspaper or brown packaging paper
This is a pretty simple item to make and would make a great DIY gift for the Whovian in your life – regardless of the season. In fact, it might be even better to give as a gift after the holidays once Christmas decorations are on sale and you can afford to buy – and make – several angels at once. Muahahahaha!
But I digress…
The first order of business is to gather your materials together. The only items I had to buy for this project were the tree topper and the spray paint, and both were around $12 apiece, which meant that this whole project cost me under $25.
The main component of this piece is obviously the unlit angel tree topper. Since the ultimate goal is to create a statue-like finish, I chose to use an angel with feathered (as opposed to plush) wings and a porcelain-like finish on the head and arms. I found this angel on sale at a local K-Mart for $12.
Once you have your materials together, the process of creating the actual angel is really quite simple and can be summarized as follows:
Remove any unnecessary attachments/clothing items. In this instance, I removed the Angel’s wand, which briefly became a cat toy until my cat lost all interest.
Reposition the angel’s arms and glue them in place – temporarily holding them in position with a rubber band until dry. This can take anywhere from seconds to hours depending on the strength and type of glue used. I used Gorilla Glue, which took roughly 30 minutes to bond the angel’s hands to her face.
While the glue was drying, I also “painted” the angel’s wings with a thin coat of white acrylic paint that I had lying around from another project. This minimizes the amount of “fluff” to contend with during the spray-painting phase and prevents you from having to take a pair of scissors to the angel’s wings to shape them (aka: accidentally ruin them). The only down-side to this is that my cat was in love with licking the angel’s fluff and had an absolute conniption fit when I took it away from him.
Unfortunately for my cat, the angel did not return his love, and he is now trapped in an alternate timeline. This footage is now the only proof I have of his existence while the angel thrives on the energy of all the days he might have had basking in the sun or staring at the lights under our tree and acting like he’s the king of Christmas mountain.
What a ridiculous animal he is…or should I say was?
Once the angel is primed and dry, I covered a work surface (my patio) with brown packaging paper and let loose with the spray paint, following the manufacturer’s instructions. I think I ended up applying 5-6 light coats of paint all together to make the angel look “stiff as stone,” which ended-up using almost the entire can.
After 24 hours, my angel was dry to the touch and ready to take her creepy place atop my Christmas tree. If I had to make her over again, I would probably remove the lace overlay on her dress since I ended-up having to spray it several times to make sure that the paint fully coated the fabric. However, I do like the textured look the lace gave the final product, so I think it could go either way.
Of course this is just one element of my Doctor Who themed tree. Up next – a ribboned felt garland patterned after the fourth Doctor’s scarf. So stay tuned!