Good Angels from the Garden

Perfect for housewarming or holiday gifts, angels we have made ourselves bless a beloved home.


| December/January 2004



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ILLUSTRATION BY PEGGY TURCHETTE

During the holidays, when angels — or at least songs and stories about them — hover near the Earth, creating gifts with their winged charm is one sure way to share the sentiments of the season. With a poppy-pod head and an aromatic herbal skirt, our charming angel is just the right messenger to proclaim warm tidings of love and affinity. If handled and packed away carefully, it should give you many years of enjoyment.

Make this angel using fresh herbs, if you can, because the angel smells wonderful as the herbs slowly dry in place. However, if you have no access to fresh herbs, you can attach dried herbs with a hot-glue gun.

Materials

1 long-stemmed, dried poppy pod*
Raffia
8-inch piece of dowel (1/4-inch diameter)
Fresh or dried lavender stems**
Fresh or dried long-stemmed herbs such as rosemary, oregano, marjoram, bay, pennyroyal, artemisia, lavender, Russian sage, or eucalyptus
Rubber band
Maple leaves, preserved with glycerin (so they are flexible)
2 dried oak, magnolia or bay leaves
Spanish moss for hair (optional)
Hot-glue gun and glue
Scissors or garden clippers

STEP 1: MAKING THE BASIC BODY

Hold the 8-inch piece of dowel perpendicular across the stem of the poppy-pod head (about 1 inch below pod). Wrap raffia in a crisscross fashion to attach the dowel to the stem. Tie tightly with a knot.

STEP 2: CREATING ARMS

Lay the lavender stems over the arms so the dowel is completely covered. Secure the stems by wrapping and tying raffia at each end (near hands) and crisscrossed in the center (at bodice). Use scissors to trim the ends of the lavender (at the hands) flush with the dowel.

STEP 3: ASSEMBLING THE SKIRT

Create a small bouquet of herbs and tie the ends with a rubber band. Turn the bouquet upside down and use raffia to attach the skirt to the angel, right under the arms. You may need to tie a few herbal sprigs onto the sides and back to evenly cover the skirt area. If the herbs are dried, you may hot glue herb sprigs to fill any blank spots.





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