Garden Angel

Here are instructions to make this rustic garden angel with objects collected from nature.

Age: 12+ (may require assistance)

Difficulty: Easy

Time Scale: 3 out of 5



  • Branch, 2 inches in diameter about 16 inches long
  • Two branches 1/2 inch in diameter 5 inches long
  • Two large pieces of bark
  • dried statice or baby's breath
  • dried root from pepper plant or dried grass or moss
  • Drill
  • 1/2 inch drill bit
  • round rock about 2 inches
  • Black felt or black paint
  • small liner paint brush
  • blue paint
  • flesh color paint
  • pink paint
  • Two scalloped shaped shells about 3/4 inch
  • Gorilla glue
  • Wood glue
  • tacky glue or Glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • 4 small Spruce cones
  • pruners
  • Saw
  • knife
  • spray sealer

Garden Angel Instructions

Use a saw to cut a branch, 2 inches in diameter to about 16 inches long. With a sharp knife, trim the one end from about an inch down on the branch, tapering to about one inch around. This will be for the neck of the garden angel. If there are kids attempting this project, they should ask for assistance with this part. I could tell you a story about a jack knife and a whittling attempt that ended with a trip to the doctor for stitches. Please, none of that!

With a 1/2 inch drill bit, make a hole in each side of the branch, about 2 inches down from the top. Drill the holes at a slight upwards angle, to about a 1/2 inch deep.

Cut two branches that are a 1/2 inch in diameter to about 5 inches long. Put wood glue in the drilled holes and insert the branches. These will be for the arms of the garden angel. If they look a bit long, trim them a bit shorter with pruners.

With a glue gun, attach 3/4 inch scalloped shells to the ends of these branches, for the hands.

Search for a round rock that is about 2 inches in height and slightly smaller in width. Picking just the right rock took me a while. Hold the rock on the tapered end of your branch and see how it looks. Does it look like it is the right size and shape? I wanted mine to be just right, so I ended up trying a few. Glue the rock to the top tapered end of the branch, with gorilla glue. Let this dry.

Oh, are you wondering how to balance a rock on the end of a stick? I actually layed the branch down on the counter and glued it. The perfect rock would be slightly flat on the bottom so it will sit nicely, while the glue dries. My rock wasn't quite that perfect.

Draw a face on your garden angel with a fine tip black felt. Color in the eyebrows, eyes and lips with craft paint. Mine kind of ended up with a deer in the headlights look. So much for spending all that time looking for just the right rock! Maybe next time I will just decoupage a face on, instead of trying to paint one. Oh well, I'm hoping she will provide a laugh, if nothing else.

The hair is a dried, washed root from a pepper plant. Glue this to the top of the rock with tacky glue. You may want to find something else for hair. Dried grass or moss would work too.

Make a halo with statice or baby's breath, wrapped in a circle and hot glued. Attach to the top of her head with hot glue or tacky glue.

Cut three spruce cones in half lengthwise and hot glue around the top of the main branch, for a collar. Leave a space at the back to make room to glue the wings on.

The wings are cut from pieces of bark to about 8 inches long and about 3 inches wide, tapering down to the end. Cut two and hot glue them on the back of the branch, near the top.

Add two coats of spray sealer.

This summer my garden didn't do very well. Next year this garden angel is going outside. I'm giving her instructions to tell my garden to GROW! I hope it works. With a face like that, I'm not sure my flowers and vegetables will take her seriously. Guess I will just have to wait and see.

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