Last week, my daughters were enamored with watercolors and crayon resist, so we used that technique to paint some wings for an angel puppet.
In December, we made Mary Puppets from wooden spoons, which we used to dramatize the journey to Bethlehem. Around that time, I found a post explaining how to make angel ornaments at Designs by Birgit. Birgit had linked her post to several Christmas link ups, and I had hoped to make some of her ornaments, but did not have a chance to do so before Christmas, although I decided that I wanted one to dramatize The Annunciation, celebrated on March 25.
Last week we finally made the angel, inspired by Birgit’s ornaments. Because our Mary puppets are made from wooden spoons, I decided to use a wooden handled spatula with a plastic head that had seen one too many hot pans to make the angel, so each of the puppets is nearly the same size.
For the halo, I wrapped a gold pipe cleaner around the top of the spatula. Then, we traced the spatula onto cardstock to make the face, and drew a gown below. My oldest daughter drew the angel’s face and painted the gown.
I placed the spatula on a piece of cardstock and drew the wings around it using a white crayon, including the letter “v” here and there to represent feathers. Then, each of my daughters watercolored one wing, including the fringe at the bottom to show hanging feathers. When the paint was dry, I cut out the wings together with the middle space all in one piece so that they could be glued to the spatula. Then, we decorated the wings and gown with glitter.
Lastly, once the glitter dried, everything was attached to the spatula with the glue gun (my very first glue gun project). Be sure to check out Brigit’s link above in case I have forgotten to write down any important steps.
To dramatize The Annunciation, we read Luke 1:26 - 38 and acted out the conversation between Mary and the Angel Gabriel using our puppets. We even started with our angel up in heaven moving down to earth.
The book Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin, Jr. also contains a version of this story; the book begins with The Annunciation and covers the events through the Holy Family’s return to Nazareth from Egypt. You can learn more about this book by clicking on the image of Mary and the infant Jesus in the Children’s Book Carousel in the left sidebar. FYI: when you click on the book image, you will open a window to the Amazon website.
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