How to Make a Paper Angel

Most children learn how to make a paper angel. If you did this craft in school, then you likely used a sheet of white paper or a paper plate. Today our options are much wider, as craft supplies today are virtually unlimited.

When you make a paper angel, you no longer have to rely on simple white paper. You can use a multitude of different types of paper, ranging from coffee filters to metallic wrapping paper, vellum paper and scrapbooking paper, as well as other craft supplies.

Making a Paper Angel
A simple angel is usually the best bet. Rather than worrying about how to paint the face on, leave the face blank, or simply add a black slash on either side of the face for eyes and leave it at that.

Coffee Filter Angels
A simple angel can be created out of coffee filters and a few craft supplies:

  • Glue
  • 1 ice cream stick
  • 6-inch strip of ribbon or fishing string
  • 3 coffee filters
  • 1 white pipe cleaner
  • 1 gold pipe cleaner
  • 1 acorn
  • 1 small white, gold or silver doily
  • 2 fluffy white feathers
  • Glitter

Glue the ribbon or fishing string to one end of the ice cream stick to use as a hanger. Run a little glue around the edge of each coffee filter and add glitter. To further decorate the coffee filter skirts before putting them on the angel, either dot glue on them and add glitter or create a pattern with glue and glitter, and snip small V's into the filter all the way around for a jagged hem look.

When the glue has dried, cut a slit in the center of each of the coffee filters. Push the ice cream stick through the first coffee filter, slightly gather the paper where it meets the stick and glue it in place. Do this with each coffee filter, pulling each one a bit higher up the stick to create the effect of a full cascading or ruffled skirt.

Wrap the white pipe cleaner around the stick at the top of the skirt and allow it to stick out on either side until you are ready to form the arms. Roll a small doily into a cone and staple it together. Set the cone over the top of the stick. If the doily is too big, cut it down to the appropriate size.

Pull the ribbon out through the top of the cone and then glue the cone in place, making sure the cone slightly overlaps the top of the skirt. Glue the acorn on the top of the cone, slightly angled downward, as the head. Create a small gold halo from the gold pipe cleaner. Glue the feathers in place and adjust the arms.

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