Angels are as central to the Nativity story as the Three Wise Men -- and are even more prevalent as Christmas decorations. If you can fold, you can turn printer paper into angel ornaments. This craft is simple enough for children to make as Christmas gifts, or use more decorative paper stock to make fancier ornaments for the tree or to embellish gifts and cards. Purchase pom-poms or Styrofoam balls at any craft shop.
Things You'll Need
- 1 piece of paper per angel
- Adhesive dots
- Pom-poms or foam balls, 1-1/2-inch
Measure six inches from the top of the paper with the 11-inch side facing vertically. Cut straight across, making one 8-1/2-by-6-inch piece and one 8-1/2-by-5-inch piece.
Draw a "U" shape from the top left corner of the 5-inch-tall sheet to the top left corner. Cut out, then fold the top edge down 1/2-inch. Fold it back another 1/2-inch, and continue until the piece has been folded into a horizontal accordion fold.
Pinch the folded piece together in the middle to make the wings. Wrap clear tape around the center, and set it aside.
Fold the 8-1/2-by-6-inch piece into a horizontal accordion fold. Pinch the center, and fold the two ends down to make a robe. Tape the long edges in the center together.
Place an adhesive dot to the top of the robe piece, so that the fanned side is facing down. Press the wings, long edge up, on top.
Attach an adhesive dot to the top of the wings, then press the foam ball or pom-pom in place for the head.
Cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon, and double it over into a loop. Attach the ends to the back of the angel with tape or adhesive dots to make a hanger.
Tips & Warnings
- You can embellish your angel ornaments by coloring the paper before folding it, or by spraying with glitter spray. You can add yarn hair, if you like.
- If you use white glue instead of adhesive dots, you will have to hold the pieces together for a while as the glue sets.