Two Story Cottage

DIY Decorative Wooden Angel Wings {Gold}

Dear Friends,
   This project was born out of lust.  I really liked all of the angel wings that I was seeing in home decor catalogs this fall.  Some with gilded gold wings and others with weathered wood.  Beautiful indeed.

But at this time of year, frivolous purchases are not in the cards.  Also, I knew I wanted them for the mantel which meant I would likely use them once a year.

Woe is me.  So my popsicle stick version was born.  Or “wood craft stick” if that is how you roll.

This looks hard. It isn’t.

This looks time consuming.  It isn’t.

This wasn’t an overly fun project but it was easy and took no more than a couple hours total.

foam board
craft paint 
exacto knife
glue gun
box of craft sticks
mod podge and newspaper or scrap paper
I spent less than $15 at Michael’s although I already had 2 of the 3 bottles of paint on hand.

1) I used a 2-pack of 18 by 24 boards
2) I drew a haphazard, not-so-great angel wing from corner to corner on one board.
3) I cut the board and used the first wing to trace the second.  Cutting was a pain.  My exacto knife was dull – make sure it is sharp!!
4) I used mod podge to glue newspaper to the wing.  I did this to make it pliable.  It caused the edges to curl in which gives my wing more of a “wing” shape.  It also helped to seal the board.  I did nothing but apply the newspaper and it naturally curled after drying.

The rule of thumb for this project is to use the first & second layers of craft sticks to cover the board.

The third and fourth layers add dimension and take care of all of the spaces. I tried to stick with my original shape while allowing the top of the wing to fan out a good bit.

Use a glue gun to attach the sticks and just so you know they will be attached.  Forget about moving them.  I didn’t take the time to lay out all of the sticks for each layer before gluing.  I just glued as I went with a “we’ll worry about it when we get there” mantra for the edges, etc.

Some of the sticks in the box had more of a curved edge and there were a few that were broken which helped in the tough spots on the ends.  You can see where the sticks should go as the project develops.  I promise it isn’t rocket science, even if you aren’t crafty.

*Painting the Angel Wings*

Paint: Folk Art Metallic Pure Gold, Martha Stewart Metallic Brushed Bronze, Craft Smart Suede

I was trying to make my wing look multi-dimensional so I focused on making the tips stand out more than the rest of the wing.   The base paint is gold metallic but the tips of the sticks have the bronze.  The suede paint added an aging effect when covered by the gold metallic.   This was a ten-minute paint job so I didn’t spend much time thinking it out.  I just adjusted as I saw fit.

And voila!  The angel wings are born.  Mine are just propped up but you could hot glue a hanger on the back.  They are very lightweight but sturdy.  I dropped one when decorating and it didn’t crack or break.

I’m happy to answer any questions.  Let me know if you decide to make them.  I’d love to see how they turn out.  Oh, and for more on my mantel, go to this post.

I think this was the extent of my Christmas crafting other than little crafts with the kids. Are y’all crafting up a storm??

Check out the holiday crafts with Kate from Centsational Girl and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!


  1. You did a great job on these! I have lusted for some too and am so happy that I can do some frugally! I saw these on Centsational Girl.

  2. Erin what a cute project!

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