Here is the tutorial as promised on how to make a spice angel.
First you will need these things: dolly peg, Christmas fabric (or burlap if you prefer a more organic touch), two matching bay leaves, a star anise, cinnamon stick and some raffia, needle and thread or sewing machine.
Take your fabric- it needs to be large enough to wrap around the peg with some overlap, and a little shorter than the peg top and legs, now just sew around the top with a running stitch to gather it.
If you are making a lot it may be quicker to do it on the machine- this is what I usually do.
Now lay your peg on the fabric and
I use my glue gun (yes it has seen better days, I am on the lookout for a replacement, a certain crafty child is getting his own for Christmas so I may just borrow his!)
Next glue the cinnamon stick to the back.
Then glue the bay leaves together and glue on the raffia.
Now glue to the cinnamon stick.
Turn over and glue star anise to the front.
I bought a new packet yesterday and there was not one perfect star- so disappointing, this was the best one I could find.
Now glue on some extra raffia for the hair.
And you spice angel is done, these are lovely to hand on a tree, from a stick as pictured here, given as a gift or used to decorate a present.
I put mine away each year into an old biscuit tin and when I open the lid the following Christmas it always smells beautiful.