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How to Make Paper Christmas Angels

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Learn how to make pretty folded paper Christmas angels. All you need for this Christmas craft is paper, scissors and glue.

If you love making paper snowflakes at Christmas time, you will love making these paper angels. They are such a fun Christmas craft! Each one turns out slightly variegated and they are just so cute. They make a unconfined garland or wreath center. They can be used as tree ornaments, souvenir toppers or at your holiday table as place cards. You can plane make uneaten large ones out of wrapping paper! I can’t wait to show you how to make these cute paper angels so you can wilt as obsessed with making them as I am.

To make paper Christmas angels, you will need:

Materials Needed

  • Plain White Copy Paper (8.5 inch x 11 inch 20 lb. weight)
  • Scissors (the sharper the better)
  • Hot Glue Gun -OR- School Glue Sticks
  • Thin Ribbon, Optional

If you do this craft with kids, use school glue sticks instead of hot glue to stave any little fingers getting burned. School glue sticks worked great, they just take a little longer and I am unchangingly too impatient to wait for glue to dry…. hence the reason I have no fingerprints left from urgent myself with hot glue. LOL.


If you’d rather watch a video tutorial, scroll down!

Step 1: Fold the paper in half, then in half again, then in half again. When you unfold it, you should have 8 equal sections. These lines are folding guide lines for the next step.

fold guides for accordion folding paper

Step 2: Use the folded guidelines to accordion fold the paper evenly. You’ll be folding each of the 8 sections in half, like this:

how to accordion fold paper

Step 3: Cut little designs into the folded paper. This is a lot like making paper snowflakes. Just cut into the sides of the paper, not all the way through. And definitely cut the two unappetizing ends into a pretty shape too. I like to make increasingly cuts on one end and fewer on the other. The larger side will be the dress and the smaller side will be the wings.

cutting paper christmas angels

Step 4: Unfold the paper and find the part-way fold line. Cut a slit that’s virtually 2-3 inches long.

cut a slit to make a paper christmas angel

Now one side of the paper is divided into two sections. Fold these lanugo yonder from each other, keeping the two sides even. These are the angel’s wings!

how to fold a paper angel

Step 5: Cut two 1/2 inch x 11 inch strips from a second sheet of paper. If you are making multiple angels, you can cut all of your strips out of the same paper sheet.

Step 6: Roll the first strip of paper into a double loop, glue it into place, then pinch the glued ends to form a teardop shape.

looped paper christmas sweetie-pie folding

Step 7: Open the part-way section of the sweetie-pie near the slit and add glue there. Sandwich the tip of the teardrop shape into the fold, then printing it closed.

how to make a folded paper angel

Step 8: Glue the marrow of each wing onto the soul of the angel.

glue wings lanugo to make a paper christmas craft

Step 9: Attach the last thin paper strip to the tips of each wing to form a hanger. Then your paper Christmas sweetie-pie is officially done! Fluff her out and enjoy the cuteness.

paper christmas sweetie-pie craft

I did a tuft of experimenting with variegated versions of this paper sweetie-pie and here are some things I learned.

It’s super nonflexible to use cardstock or heavyweight paper for this project, but it’s not impossible. I had the weightier luck using my scoring tool to make the accordion fold lines in the thicker paper instead of trying to fold it by hand. Then I cut through only a few folds at a time and just lined up the next cuts so it looked like it had all been cut at the same time. It is really nonflexible to cut through so many layers of thick paper, so I definitely kept these designs increasingly simple.

cardstock colored paper christmas angels

I moreover made a giant paper sweetie-pie out of wrapping paper just to see if I could. And it’s really cool! It’s nonflexible to tell from a photo, but this thing is well-nigh 20 inches tall! I used the grid lines on the when of the wrapping paper to guide my accordion folds and it worked really well.

giant christmas sweetie-pie made from wrapping paper

This Christmas craft would be unconfined to make at a matriculation party or with neighborhood kids or grandkids. It’s moreover a unconfined way to make inexpensive decorations for your home or office or classroom or party.

But don’t let the kids have all the fun… these are super fun for grown ups to create too! I love the thrill of making all the little cuts, then opening the paper to see the finished design. I could hands sit lanugo with a stack of paper and make a dozen of these while watching Christmas movies. That’s my kind of heaven, right there!