These tissue paper angels are beautiful and easy to make–my 2-year-old daughter helped me make them and hang them this year. They look very delicate sitting on the branches of tree’s, hanging from candy canes or bow’s (with or without mistletoe) and made into mobiles or window hangers of various sorts. These also make a lovely surprise for a young child to find hanging from a stocking or sitting at their place setting on Christmas morning.
- several pieces of tissue paper in white, pastel, or Christmas colors. (Large scraps from your tissue paper collection work great.)
- cotton balls for the angels head
- some gold and/or silver thread (tinsel-cord)
- small silver and/or gold star sequins or stickers
- glue (if using sequins)
- Cut a circle from the tissue paper with a radius of 8 inches. [I don’t have my compass anymore so I cheat and find bowls in my house trace around to get nice circles. You can also try using different size circles for different size angels–see variations below]
- Place the cotton ball in the middle of the circle, wrap the tissue paper around it, and tie the head with a bit of the thread.
- For the angels arms make a slight twist in the tissue paper at each side. (optional)
- For the angels wings cut a circle with a 6 inch radius. Fold this circle in half, bunch it together in the middle, and tie a bit of the thread around it.
- Tie the wings around the angel’s neck with length of the thread. Leave one end of the thread long so that the angel can hang from it. The thread on which the angel hangs must go behind the head and in front of the wings for it to fly nicely. You can also glue the tips of the angels wings together so they rise up from behind the angles head a bit better if you wish. [I did not glue the wings in this photo.]
- Use a little of the thread to tie around the angels head for a crown and be sure to tie it in the back.
- Stick the tiny star on the angels forehead.
Differences in the size of the angels can be easily achieved by altering the size of the circles used. The smaller the angles the closer together in size the body and wing circles can be. You can also try altering tissue paper colors used for the body and wings of your angels for different effects–red angel, white wings etc.
If you like this post please share it with your friends or pin it for me. I hope you enjoy making them and seeing them displayed around your home as much as I do… I’d love to hear about your angels and see pictures of them if your willing to share 🙂
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