Looking at a dryer clamp lying on the garage floor inspired me to make a garden angel. I am going to show you how to make a garden angel from a dryer clamp. And I have no idea how I get these wild ideas. It just pops into my head.
The first thing I did was riffle through the pile of wood from cut up pallets. I love using pallet wood for projects(here and here) I used the board that is the base of the pallet. In other words the boards are nailed to this particular board along with a matching board on the other end. Actually it is a 2” x 4”.
I measured 24”, using my miter saw I cut the board to length. This is the angel’s body. My board was 4 feet long and so the remaining 24” became the base. Just cut it in half or 12”. Not all pallets are created equal so you may end up hunting down another board for the base. If you don’t have a pallet you can use a 2”x4”.
I glued the two 12” pieces together.
Then I took a piece of pallet wood that is from the top of the pallet and cut it to 11” give or take. The board’s thickness is about ¾”. I drilled pilot holes in that board and the 2 foot board that is the body. I suggest you put 3 screws in for stability.
You should glue that onto the 2 pieces of wood that are 12” and glued together. Then drill pilot holes in each corner for the screws. That is how the angel’s body is attached to the base.
Set that aside. Saw a piece of the 3/4” pallet wood into a square. Mine is 4”x4”. That will be part of the angel’s head. I used a wooden bun foot for the head. I bought them at one of my favorite salvage yards in my area. I used wood filler to plug up the holes in her head, sand down when dry. I wanted the larger part of the bun foot for the top so then I had to drill a hole in the narrow part. I also drilled a pilot hole in the 4”square piece of wood. Glue and screw the two pieces together.
Then glue the 4”x4” piece onto the body. Once it dried a little I drilled pilot holes in the piece and screwed it into the base.
The angel wings are old fan blades. I measured where I wanted to cut them and drew a circle and it isn’t symmetrical. Use a jig saw to cut the blades. For this angel I used the ends of the blades from the first one I made as my template.
Before screwing the fan blades on the body determine where you want them and drill pilot holes. Sand to smooth any rough areas. Paint them on both sides.
Sand off any rough areas. Before putting on the wings and halo, paint it in a color you like in paint suitable for the outdoors
Then screw on the fan blades to the front of the angel. I also add anything else like an old drawer pull and/or hearts. I used wood glue for the hearts. I had to drill a 3 small holes where the middle part of the drawer pull juts out and the screws go in. I used E6000 glue to attach it.
And don’t forget what started all of this. Take the clamp and screw it so the end is jutting out. Take pliers and manipulate it so it is perpendicular. Use the compressor and small brads to attach the part of the clamp that is hanging down to the head for the halo.
I have had my Garden Angel in a covered entry for over a year. So from an old dryer clamp lying on my garage floor to a garden angel that is quite the inspiring conversation piece.
Materials Used for This Project
2”x 4” piece of pallet wood
One piece of wood ¾” thick cut into one piece 4”x4” and 4”x11”
4” to 5’ clamp
Screws and Drill with drill bits and screw driver.
Compressor and Brad Nailer (The best investment you will ever make)
2 Fan Blades
Old Drawer Pull