1. Either hollow out base of Styrofoam cone to put on tree top OR apply Snow Tex to
wood base, and glue Styrofoam cone on.
dry, put a big dab of white glue (we use Tacky) with a couple drops of super glue (we use
Zap-a-Gap) on top of cone. Then firmly push down doll torso and hold in place until
set. Next push a pipe cleaner through arm hole in torso, and measure appropriate
length so the arms don't look like gorilla arms. Put a drop of super glue into each
arm hole and attach to pipe cleaner. HINT...I always fill hole with tacky glue from a
dispenser, and put a drop of super glue on top. This seems to hold arms in place
3. Put line of glue along side of end piece of lace (vertically) and put on cone
as if to wrap (illustration A). Push in a couple stick pins to hold, as these will
be covered by the tail of the lace. This is a big time saving device! Use the
pins underneath your hand pleating to hold in place until dry or just leave if it will be
covered. Make sure to put the pretty edged design of lace on hem.
4. Once end is secure, simply hand pleat (accordion style) rest of lace around
cone. I do this one pleat at a time, putting a line of glue underneath fold to hold
(or sneak a pin in), and go on to the next pleat. Stop when you cover raw edge in
5. Put a pin in the top of lace when done with step 4, and gently cut the rest
of lace at a triangle to form a train. Take the very top raw edge and glue
under. Fold or push in a few pleats to look realistic. Glue down bottom edge
of lace to wood base (if using).
6. Next cut a small strip of lace, and after spreading a light layer of glue
around torso, gently pull around waist, chest to form a bodice. You can finger two
pleats in front for darts if desired. I take a tweezers and pinch a bit of "V"
shape in front bodice for cleavage (do angels have cleavage ?<G>) Let dry.
7. Cut two more strips of lace for sleeves. Spread a thin layer of glue
around arms (above wrist area) and gently pull lace to cover for sleeves. The best
method for me is to put a line of glue along the whole inner arm vertically.
Press an end of lace on line, hold for a bit to dry, then wrap rest of lace around arm to
beginning point. Now cut off excess, and gently 'pull' two edges together so there
are no bare spaces showing through. Don't worry about raw edges on tops of
arms. Just push these through the hole in shoulder and glue inside. The wrists
are covered by the braid so don't worry about the raw edges there.
8. Take your braid and glue around wrists, and bodice top to form a nice
finished line. Glue trim down train to look pretty, see photo for placement.
Next glue on wings on back, with a mix of Super Glue and tacky glue. Cover with long
pleated hair if necessary and ENJOY!