Corn Husk Angel

It's not uncommon to see corn husk angels adorning a Christmas tree here in Tucson. They are inexpensive to make and really give some southwestern flavor to the holidays. They do take a little patience to make because corn husks are not the most forgiving material to work with.

Materials

  • 1 bag of dried corn husks (they can be found in the mexican food section of the grocery store) 
  • Heavy duty thread 
  • 6-8 inches of Ribbon 
  • 4 inches of twine or metallic cording or a metallic ring favor 
  • Clear craft glue 

Directions

Begin by soaking 10-12 husks in hot water for about 10 minutes. This makes them more pliable and easier to work with. You only need about 8 husks to make an angel. However, some will probably tear as you are working with them, so it's nice to have a few extra softened.

Note: It's easier to work with thin husks. The thicker they are, the harder they are to bend and tie. Also, if the husks are extremely wide, you can tear them in half.

  

The Head: Lay two husks together with both of the points facing down. Using the thread, tightly tie the two husks together in roughly the middle. Once they are secure, wad up the narrow end of the husks to form a ball. Pull the wider ends of the husks down to cover the ball. Secure tightly around the neck with thread.


The Body: Lay one thin husk behind the head with the narrow part pointing down. Next lay another husk over the top of the body, also narrow end pointing down. Secure tightly with thread around the neck of the angel.


Fold both husks down and secure loosely around the angel's waist. I used a strip of husk to secure it here, but an easy way to do it is with a clear hair elastic.


The Wings: Make a wing by folding a husk in half lengthwise and tightly securing it together with thread. Make a second wing the same way.

  

Attaching the Wings to the Body: Set the wings down so they cross where they are secured. Set the body over the wings and secure loosely.

Again, I used a strip of the husk, but a clear hair elastic would work well, too.


The Front of the Skirt: Lay a husk over the front of the body with the narrow end pointing down. Secure tightly at the waist with thread. Gently pull the husk down to form the front of the skirt.

The Back of the Skirt: Lay a larger husk under the body with the narrow end pointing down. Secure tightly with a strip of the husk. Gently pull the husk down to form the back of the skirt.

  

Drying: At this point, the corn husks will still be slightly damp. If the skirt is uneven or too long, use a scissors to trim it before it dries. Also, Make sure the skirt and the tie at the waist are properly positioned while your angel dries. Once the husks have dried, you will not be able to change which direction they are laying without breaking them. Let your angel air dry overnight.

Finishing: Every good angel needs a halo. You can tie the ends of a piece of twine or cording together to form the halo. Then carefully glue the knot to the back of your angel's head so the halo floats above her. Another option is to use a silver or gold ring favor. You can find these in the bridal section at a craft store. Next, make a ribbon or cord loop to hang your angel on the tree. After you have knotted the ends together, glue the knot to the back of your angel.

  
Deck the Halls: All that's left now is to hang your angel on the tree and have a very Merry Christmas!

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