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Flying Angel Holiday Portraits

Ring up that inner elf because we're heading into the holiday workshop again! This gift will turn your angelic child into an actual angel and make the recipient's heart fly high! Now that's a double holiday whammy!

First off, gather your supplies.


  • 5" x 7" canvas board (or the like -- stretched canvas, a piece of wood or even thick cardboard will do the trick)
  • Thin brushes
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • A beautiful ribbon approx. 12" long and 1/2" - 1" wide
  • Clothespin
  • Strong glue, such as tacky glue or a glue gun (used by an adult)
  • One circle doily approx. 8" wide
  • A photograph of your child posing like an angel


1. Take a picture of your child posing like an angel -- arms flying up and heels together. You'll want to make sure that the measurement from head to toe in the photo is 3 1/2" - 4 1/2" to fully hide the clothespin. Next, cut out your little angel and glue it to the clothespin. You'll want the head to be at the top of the clothespin -- the part that clips.

2. For wings, squish the middle section of the doily into the clothespin clip and fan out the doily sides left and right of the angel.

Now ... where to fly?

3. Think of a scene that your angel would like to fly over: the beach, your kitchen, a garden, a city skyline, a forest, etc. Sketch it out on your board and then paint it. The thin brushes will help with details. Let the board dry completely.

4. Flip the board and add the ribbon on the back as a hanger. Glue one end of the ribbon to the top left side of the board, arch the ribbon to the other side and glue that end to the top right side. Let it dry.

5. Finally, glue your angel in place on the painted scene. As a final touch, think of a title for this masterpiece and be sure to have your child sign their name on the front or back as artists do.

6. When wrapping this gift, be sure to protect those delicate wings by wrapping the present in layers of tissue or bubble wrap. Top with a homemade card!

Happy holidays!

P.S. This is one of my all-time favorite gifts kids make in my annual holiday workshop!

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