Make some gorgeous mini paper angels this Christmas! You can either hang these angel ornaments on the tree or place them on the mantlepiece.
This craft is also in our Christmas paper crafts ebook.
Just this week I was shopping in the supermarket and decided, completely on impulse, that we must have a new Christmas tree this year.
The kids adore the ugly little fibre optic one my husband bought a few years ago because we needed the smallest tree possible for our tiny inner city terrace house, but we have more space now and I like a pretty tree at Christmas.
So what did I do? I picked up the first tree I saw in the supermarket Christmas aisle and put it in the trolley. It looked pretty on the box.
What did I not do? I did not look at the height of it in centimetres written clearly on the front of the box. Whoops. This thing I bought is 2m tall, and we need to fill it with decorations. That’s where these little paper angels will come in handy. Print them out, cut them out and fold them together, it’s really that easy (and quick!).
How to make mini paper angels
You Will Need
• Construction paper (or any paper you like)
• Ribbon or string and a bead for hanging
• The Mini Paper Angel Template below
The best idea is to print the angel template out directly onto the paper you’re going to use but mine was too small to fit nicely in the printer. Here I have held it over the top of the paper I’ve used and cut them both out together.
To create the angel shape you need to make a cone shape with the paper and slot the two slits on opposite sides of the template together. This will leave you with the little round head popping up at the top and one quarter circle-shaped wing on each side. Once you get the hang of this it’s quite easy. Secure the angel together with a piece of tape. The washi tape idea seemed good at the time but clear magic tape would probably look better and you can stick it on the inside for a more seamless finish.
Tie a bead to the end of a piece of string. This stops it sliding out the top hole when you hang it on the tree.
Pop the ribbon through the holes at the top and there you have it!
I’ve made them in a rainbow of colours in plain construction paper but you can make them in any colour, print or specialty paper you like.
I love how bright and cheerful they turned out, perfect for our huge new tree when it goes up soon.
If you like paper crafting you might like our latest ebook! These mini paper angels are one of 12 printable Christmas paper craft templates featured in the book.
Check out our Christmas paper crafts ebook…
More easy Christmas crafts for kids
• Make some simple woolly twig stars
• This Christmas pudding play dough smells divine!
• We have a printable template to create mini paper lantern ornaments too
• Make some santa leaf ornaments
• These printable ornament shapes were a HUGE hit with my pre schoolers
Visit our Christmas Crafts board on Pinterest for loads more ideas
These are so simple and so beautiful! They will be perfect for our guardian angel lesson with my Kindergartners tomorrow morning – thank you so much!
You didn’t tell where you put the hole to hand the ribbon with the bead on the end? It looks like it is attached to angel head somehow? Could you please explain how to attach the ribbon hanger with bead? I need it asap as it is a project for some children I would like to have it before 12/10/14 please. Thank you in advance
Hi Sandy, the bead is tied to the end of the loop, and when you bend your shape into an angel by sliding the slits together a small hole is left there at the back of the head. It’s the hole at the tip of the cone shape made by the body. Thread the string through the hole and the bead stops it from being pulled all the way through. Hope that makes sense.
Such a cutie paper!
jennifer milani says
A bit confusing for an old Scripture teacher from Australia. I get the idea, finally, so will keep at it, thank you
Thank you so much! This was exactly what I had in mind as a 10 minute craft to finish my advent Bible study. Thanks for providing the template for me. Perfect!
kathy wygant says
thank you for e-mailing me more info..but cannot figure out the slits in the back..it is just not jiving..so will have to figure something else out..made the circles as explained & the slits. in the circle.but I cannot get the back to jive…
kathy wygant says
ps..even though I am having issues to make it work these are exactly what I am looking for as little mini gifts for my bible study class…so I am trying to figure this out…just frustrating…..thanks again
I love these! I made some with doilies. So pretty!
These are really cute but I don’t get the part about the slits in the back and the hole either. Would have been really useful to have photos showing how to fold and assemble or at least a photo of the back for those of us who don’t do much in arts and crafts 🙂
It’s ok, I got there in the end, I had to make the cuts a little longer ;o) I’m making a bunch of them to decorate the Christmas tree. I think my grandchildren will love them.
These are really cute……….Thanks for providing the template for me. Perfect!
How fun these will be. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.
No problem! Glad you like them 🙂
Courtney G says
I love this!! It will be perfect as the topper to our Christmas card tree. We made a couple ornaments out of laminated wrapping paper (double-sided) as testers, I didn’t have any ribbon, so we used gold pipe cleaners and they looked like halos.
That’s a great idea with the sparkly halos!
Eileen Runkel says
The Craft Group I run at my church is having a Christmas in June evening…would it be OK to include your pattern for these, please? Would, of course, credit you… Thank you.
No problem, have fun with your craft group 🙂
Meredith DeVoe says
Made this with paper plate after printing out template at 200%. Looks great. Kind of complicated for the kids, but for temporary decorations, perfect.
Love the idea of making them with a paper plate!
you don’t offer any help on where to cut or fold even though people are having difficulty , why is that ? I’m trying to make some with my daughter to find a way to lighten the day and as a symbol of hope for these corona virus days .
I did create a video and have been trying to find the file to upload it to my craft blog – but I can’t! You can see how to make it here though from facebook when I originally shared it last year: (copy/paste the link into your browser).
The CV times are trying for all of us 🙁
debbie fear says
Absolutely brilliant. Great but simple ideas
Thanks Debbi! I’m so glad you like them 🙂
Maria C Vazquez says
Hi. Please send me the free printable mini paper angel template.
You need to click on the link and add it to your cart in the printables store – it is a free product at $0.00, this is the way to download it
I already subscribed! I live in South America and we have Christmas in summer. I made a mobile with the angels and I will display it in the balcony but I do not know how to send a photo. Thank you!
It sounds beautiful
Hi there! I am writing on behalf of a non-profit organisation based in Singapore to request for your permission to use your paper angel template for a Christmas event. We think your design is very pretty and apt for our campaign, and hence would like to include it in our Christmas greeting cards. Will that be possible?
If it’s not for profit you can include it, so long as you credit my blog
Hi! Your mini paper angels are amazing! Good luck!