Leading author and angel expert, Jacky Newcomb, reveals how to create an angel altar – why not try making one at home this evening?
1 Find a suitable space
A dining table, a coffee table, or any other flat surface is fine as a base for your altar.
2 Adorn it with things you love
Lay your cloth on the top and place the largest objects at the back (plant, flowers, or tall angel figurine), and smaller objects toward the front, including candles, crystals, and natural objects.
3 Keep it tidy
Keep the display fresh and clean, changing the flowers when necessary. You could keep your angel cards here, too, or a pile of angel books artfully arranged.
4 Add some books
Pile a group of angel books to one side of the table, largest at the bottom and smallest on the top (or have two piles if your table is wide enough). Between three and five is about right. Make sure the book on the top of the pile has an attractive cover. Either select books in colors that match your room or introduce accessories to match the books on the table—a pillow, a candle, or a bunch of flowers.
5 Make it bright
Add a finishing touch to the top of the books—I love a glass paperweight, cut like a diamond. A little “sitting angel” in white or gold would be lovely. Anything shiny in gold or silver will make your display look glamorous, but keep it simple or architecturally in shape. A large shell is perfect or a large crystal. Why not spray paint an angel you already have to match your arrangement? You can buy mirror shine paint from a DIY store.
6 Add some accessories
Place a square or rectangular tray on the other side of the table. White, black, gold, and silver (or mirrored) are very fashionable right now, or spray paint an old tray to match your décor. Many angel books come in pink, lilac, or blue, so these would be perfect colors for your tray. Look around your home for items you can spray paint for your display.
7 Attention to detail
For height, add a pot plant or vase of flowers. Bear in mind that the wider the vase’s base, the greater the stability. Some pebbles in the bottom of a clear glass vase look good and will help to stop it tipping over. If not clear glass, make sure the vase matches your display.
8 Add some light
Next add a candle—a jar candle is perfect and why not make it scented? Look for gold, silver, black, white, or a bright pop of color. You can make your own votive holders by cutting out an angel picture and sticking it to the outside of a short drinking glass. Add glitter or angel-cut foil confetti for sparkle.
9 Finishing touches
Finally, place a pretty box with a lid on your tray. I have several with angels on—even a wooden box with the word “angel” carved in it. This is the perfect place to hide your remote control, or a pack of angel cards so they are always handy. If you prefer, an open bowl with a pack of smaller angel cards would also be lovely.
Adapted FROM DO YOU KNOW YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL? BY JACKY NEWCOMB (£12.99, CICO BOOKS)
About the Author
Jacky Newcomb is a Sunday Times and Amazon best-selling author and angel and afterlife expert. Do You Know Your Guardian Angel is out now.