How to Make Vintage Handkerchief Angels

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball

  • Handkerchief

  • Gold ribbon

  • Scissors

Image Credit: retro women's handkerchief image by Maria Brzostowska from <a href=''></a>

Long before mass-produced Christmas ornaments were available, handmade handkerchief angels adorned Christmas trees worldwide. Today, you'll find many homes decorated for the holidays in a vintage theme. Recreating handkerchief angels is a perfect way to add a vintage feel to your holiday home. Making your own handkerchief angels allows you to personalize your Christmas decorations, plus they are incredibly inexpensive and easy to make -- so easy, even your kids can help.


Step 1

Lay the handkerchief flat on a table and place a cotton ball directly in the middle of it.

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Step 2

Gather the handkerchief around the cotton ball. Cut a piece of ribbon 4 inches long and tie it around the handkerchief underneath the cotton ball to form the angel's head.

Step 3

Pick up two opposite corners of the handkerchief and bring them around to the back of the angel. Use a 4-inch piece of ribbon to tie the corners together in the back to form the wings.

Step 4

Cut a piece of ribbon 5 inches long and tie it to the top of the angel's head to form a halo.


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