I ran across some great burlap bags to work with, so I decided to create some Burlap Angel Personalized Place Settings!
I’m always looking for fresh new ideas to make the holiday table special, and this year I wanted to add personalized place settings. The hubby says that we know each others names, otherwise why the heck would we even hang out together? True. But place setting are cool because if you are in charge, you get to sit next to who you want. Right? You can’t fault my logic. (At least the hubby isn’t allowed to). So place settings it is!
For this project I used:
3″ x 5″ Burlap Bags
3″ wide Burlap Ribbon
Dried Peas or Rice
2″ Wooden Balls
Faux Pine Branches
18 gauge black wire
Black Permanent Marker
Begin by removing the strings from the top of the bag. Set them aside as you will use parts of them later. Then fill the bag about 3/4 full with either dried peas or rice. (This is to weight down the bag and make it better able to stand).
Use acrylic paint to paint in a heart on the bag. I started with white, but decided that it needed a bit of color, so changed it to red.
The greenery can be found in “picks” at craft stores. In my case an old wreath donated the fake pine boughs. Even with the weight of the dried peas, the bags still need a little something to help them stand. Create a little wreath with the fake pine boughs.
Push the bottom of the bag into the wreath. And now the angel can stand!
To create the shoulders, fold in each side of the bag top and glue in place with hot glue. (Use low temp hot glue for this project so that you don’t burn the crap out of your fingers). Just saying.
Glue a pipe cleaner into place and bend it at the elbows. It will be a bit too long, but you adjust it after the name is made.
Draw the name out as you would like it on a piece of paper and then bend the wire to match as best as you can. You may need the help of a small pair of pliers.
Then adjust the arm lengths, cutting to the proper length and use hot glue to glue the name in place. (The name looks best if placed above the heart).
Cut about a 4″ piece of burlap ribbon and tie it in the center with a small piece of the string from the top of the bags. This will be the angel’s wings!
Glue the wings to the back of the angel. Glue on the wooden ball for a head. Use pink acrylic paint to add in the blush of her cheeks.
For her hair, cut a 3″ x 3″ piece of burlap ribbon and carefully remove the strings of burlap that run vertically, leaving about 3 or 4 of them in the center.
Glue onto the top of her head. Add a few dots of glue to the side of her head and press the burlap strings down along the side of her head.
And there you have it! Place settings for the table!
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