Have fun designing your very own spindle garden angels and then put them together and display them with pride.
I have to say, I’m always amazed of the brain power of my pal Shari! When we were preparing for season two of “Around the House with Matt and Shari” she came up with the idea of using stair spindles to make small garden angels. You have to understand, she comes up with the ideas, but it is me that needs to make it happen. So the idea was thrown out and I came up with these little beauties. (I’m sure Shari could have created them herself, she just likes to humor me).
- Staircase spindles of various styles.
- Small wooden balls (Purchased at Joann’s)
- Forstner bit
- Hand saw
- Tin snips
- Thin aluminum squares 8inches x 8 inches (purchase at home center)
- 1 x 4 inch pine lumber
- Miter saw
- Spray Paint
1. First I went out to the home center store to purchase the spindles, there are so many styles to choose from, which are great, and every angel should look different.
2. I purchased three styles. The first step was to cut them to various sizes, which I did with a hand saw, just make sure the cut is square.
3. Make a base for the spindle by first gluing two pieces of 1 x 4 pine together to create a thicker base (if you want to use a 2 x 4 that would be fine – I just happen to have some scrap 1 x 4 in my shop)
4. Cut the 1 x 4 into 4 inch x 4 inch squares using a miter saw.
5. Find center of the square using a speed square.
6. Drill a hole using a forstner bit the diameter of the spindle into the block.
Make sure the depth is deep enough to support the spindle.
7. To shape the wings; trace a pattern onto the metal using a sharpie or marker. (The templates I used are at the top of this article)
8. Cut out the shape using tin snips.
Then using a file remove any barbs that are sharp.
9. To age the wings, I roughed them up with some sand paper.
10. Then spray paint to a desired color. I used a variety of metallic sprays to give the wings a distinct look.
11. Place the spindle into the base, to secure us exterior wood glue.
12. Attach the head (small round balls purchased at JoAnn’s) using exterior wood glue. Let it be for a while as it will take overnight for the glue to cure.
13. Spray paint the entire spindle and base the colors of your choice (make sure to spray outside or in a well ventilated area). I always use a variety of spray colors and blend the spray paints while wet. Just remember spray in short light bursts.
14. To attach the wing to the spindle, drill small pilot holes through the center of the wing, and then attach with small pan head screws into the top portion of the spindle.
(This photo shows me testing the placement of the wing prior to cutting)
This is one of those projects that you can get your kids or grandchildren involved in. Have them help you with the gluing and the painting. Giving them an opportunity to work “in the shop” will be something they and you will remember for a lifetime.
Place your angel anywhere you desire, the angels we made for the program are now placed on our fireplace mantel, holding heavenly court over the Fox household.