Paper Angel Craft

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paper angel craft

This simple paper angel craft will help your child practice cutting out circles. Use the free downloadable template to help your child create large and small angels for the Christmas tree or for pretty table decorations.

Although your child will be decorating and cutting out the angels, adult guidance may be needed in assembling the angels, according to your child's ability. Not suitable for little ones owing to the beads and scissors used.

You will need:

  • Angel templates printed on white cardstock (click to immediately download your cutting template)
  • scissors for your child
  • glue/paste
  • A small piece of chenille stick/pipe cleaner for each angel (I used a quarter of a stick per angel)
  • A bead suitable for the head of each angel
supplies needed for paper angel craft
You can draw little faces onto wooden beads like these ones from Amazon.
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  • crayons, glitter or anything else to decorate the angels.
  • a bell to hang inside the angel

Paper Angel Craft Instructions

Step 1: Cut Out The Circles

It is optional to decorate the circles, but my kids loved it. Plain white angels are equally attractive!

Once they are decorated, have your child cut out the circles and then cut out the wings on the light lines.

You may need to help younger kids. View this page for tips on teaching your child to cut with scissors.

Step 2: Glue Edges Together To Make The Body

Apply glue to one of the cut edges as shown.

Fold one cut edge over the glued cut edge. The body of the angel will look like this, with a tiny hole at the top.

Step 3: Glue Wings To Body

You need to apply the glue to the decorated side and apply the wings so the decorated sides face forwards.

Step 4: Thread The Chenille Stick Through The Neck

Cut the chenille stick into quarters, and use one quarter per angel.

Thread the chenille stick through the neck hole, from inside the "skirt".

Make a loop to stop the stick from passing right through, or attach a little bell at the end.

Pull the rest of the chenille stick through at the top.

Step 5: Attach The Head

Thread a bead onto the head. Look for beads from broken necklaces, or wooden beads with painted faces from craft shops.

You can draw little faces onto wooden beads like these ones from Amazon.
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Wrap the chenille stick around a pencil to make a loop and smush it onto the angel's head for a halo effect.

It's fine if a bit of stick pokes out - use it to hang the angel on the tree.

The finished angels. So sweet, and by far the easiest paper angels I have made with or without my kids!

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:13, 14

More Christmas Cutting Activities:

You can get more Christmas cutting activities and fine motor ideas on these pages of my site:

The paper angel craft is one of 17 different activities you can find in my Christmas Scissor Cutting E-Book - lots of photographed instructions and templates for each activity! Check it out!

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