Welcome to Emme’s Flashback Friday! Today, I’m sharing a project inspired by a Salt Shaker Angel from Emme’s archives…with a Valentine’s twist! With heart wings and a whimsical halo hat, this cute, easy and inexpensive craft can be customized the way YOU want it and made with just about anything you might already have on hand.
This would be a great little Valentine gift for your child, a friend, your Mom or anyone! I knew I had a winner when my own daughter came in and said “That’s mine!” She followed that up with…”I love when you make people.” Ok, I was momentarily taken aback, as the only “people” I think I’ve made were her and her brother…oh, I get it! She meant crafts that were “people” like! Whew!
Don’t miss the other idea for this angel at the end of the post!
Here’s what we need for the Valentine Angel:
- Salt shaker (Any style, mine came from Target because I was there, for $1.39, but get it at the Dollar Store!
- Spanish moss or Excelsior (Also from the Dollar Store!)
- Flat-bottomed wooden “head” bead to fit your shaker
- Filler (Use whatever you like! Beads, ribbon, flowers, bath salts, potpourri…I used tri-acrylic beads in clear and red, plus layered in a few foam hearts)
- 1” foam hearts
- 1 piece of 12” x 12” scrapbook paper (I used a piece of the “Blush” Collection from Basic Grey, my favorite paper!)
- 1 Silver Tinsel stem or chenille pipe cleaner in the color of your choice
- Lace trim
- Ribbon of your choice
- Fine point black and red markers, pink chalk (optional)
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Craft glue
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Here’s how we make it!
Take off the lid and set aside. (We’ll be using it for the halo hat!) Fill the salt shaker with your chosen “filler”. I put a layer of clear beads, a few foam hearts, a layer of red, and repeated until filled.
Hot glue the wooden “head” bead to the salt shaker.
To make the heart “wings” and get two evenly sized hearts, fold your 12” x 12” scrapbook paper in half and trace a heart with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. I used a cutter that measured 4” across at the widest point. Trace the inside of the cutter; you may need to cut it a bit smaller so the bottom of the wings aren’t too long.
Hot glue your choice of lace trim all around the outer edge on the wrong side of one heart. (Make sure your paper pattern is facing down!)
Using craft glue, glue the second heart, pattern facing up, on top of the lace trimmed heart.
Ok, this part is messy! Take a big bunch of Spanish moss or excelsior and round it, using your fingers to “indent” the center. Put a liberal amount of hot glue all over the top of the wooden head bead (don’t let it drip off!) and press the bunch of Spanish moss onto the head bead. At this point, she’s got one crazy looking hairdo!
Channel your inner stylist and give her a nice trim until she has a “do” you like!
Tie ribbon around the neck into a bow. Hot glue the heart “wings” to the back of the shaker just down the center, and gently push the wings forward a bit.
Hot glue the salt shaker lid to the angel’s head. I put mine at an angle for a little sass! Make a “halo” as tall you’d like from the tinsel stem, add a little glue to the end and push it into a center hole in the lid. Decorate the halo hat if you want! I add a tri-bead trim and two foam hearts.
Write “Love You” or another sentiment that YOU want on a foam heart and glue to the front, left side.
She’s really kind of adorable, don’t you think? My daughter has already claimed her, so I’ll need to make another for moi!
Here’s another take on this little salt shaker angel – Birthday Angels inspired by birthstone colors! I made one for my Mom, inspired by her January birthstone, garnet, with a little cupcake and candle charm. I think she’ll like it! Won’t this make a cute little gift or something sweet to go with a gift card?
I have another idea for this little cutie…we’ll see how it turns out!
I SO hope you are enjoying Flashback Fridays and thank you so much for spending a little TGIF time with me!
Linking up this project to the Pinterest party at Debbie Doo’s and Fox Hollow Cottage, the Monday Funday party at Uncommon Designs, Made by You Mondays at Skip To My Lou and the Wildly Creative Link Party at I Gotta Create.
This project was featured on Totally Tutorials!