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Make a host of these holiday angels in only a few hours. Then hang them from your tree or drape a strand along your mantel.
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From the handrail, cut a 2-3/4-inch-long section for each angel on your garland. (You can make about 32 angels from one handrail, but we made only 10 here.)
On each handrail section, drill a 5/16-inch hole through the width of the wood 1/2 inch from one end and parallel to the flat section. Sand any rough places as needed. Repeat for each ornament in the garland.
Clamp a birch knob with the flat face against a work surface to hold it steady. Drill an off-center 1/16-inch hole 1/2 inch deep in the top to hold the wire halo.
To drill into the curved surface, first start the hole with the tip of an awl to keep the bit from wandering.
Glue and clamp a knob centered on the end of a handrail section nearest to the hole. The 1/16-inch hole in the top of the knob should be closer to the flat face of the handrail. Let the glue dry for about an hour. Repeat for the remaining knobs and handrail sections.
Hold a pair of biscuits at a roughly 45-degree angle and glue them to the flat face of the handrail section as close as possible to the knob. Repeat for the remaining handrail sections.
Spray-paint the entire body of each ornament in the color of your choice (flat white shown). Repeat as needed for an even color.
Cut pieces of 24-gauge wire roughly 6 inches long for each ornament. Make a 90-degree bend in the wire 1 inch from an end. Bend the long section into a loop about the diameter of a nickel and wrap the wire around the loop repeatedly as you work your way around. Cut off the excess wire and make a 1/8-inch fold-over on the part of the wire that will be inserted into the hole in the knob. After the paint dries, dip the fold-over end of the wire halo in wood glue and insert it into the 1/16-inch hole in the ornament. Repeat for the remaining ornaments.
Tape the 1/4-inch rope where you’ll cut it to length for the garland, and slice through the center of the taped section. Force wood glue into the cut ends to keep the rope from unraveling and let dry. Pass the rope through the holes in the ornaments so they’re all facing the same direction.
Decide how far apart you want the ornaments and organize them along the rope. (We placed ours with about 4 inches between knobs.) Slide an ornament enough to dab glue on the rope where it will be positioned, and slide the ornament back in place. Repeat for the remaining ornaments and let dry.