One of my favorite holiday traditions is making a handmade ornament with my kids. I did it with my mom when I was growing up, and now I create a new ornament with my children each year to keep the tradition alive. We make some wonderful memories gathered around the table working on our ornaments at Christmas time.
This Angel Ornament is very easy for little hands to handle with a little help and supervision from you, or even an older brother or sister. Very little cutting and folding is required to create a fun keepsake ornament for your Christmas tree.
Handmade ornaments make wonderful gifts for parents, grandparents, and special friends.
To make the angel's wings cut the 6- inch doily in half. Then, start at one end and fold one corner back about 1/2- inch. Continue to fold back and forth with the straight edge on one side and the curved edge on the other side, until the whole thing looks like an accordion. Repeat the process with the other doily half to make the second wing.
Pinch the accordion together at the straight edge. Glue each side of each fold, so that one end is completely glued together to hold the folds together. You can hold everything in place with a paper clip and set the wings aside until the glue dries.
To make the angel's body fold the 8- inch doily in half, and fold it in half again, so it is folded into a fourth. Fold the doily back one more time, but only fold over about an inch (see photo).
Cut 2 circles about 1 1/2-inches in diameter from the cream felt, use a bottle cap, a small glass, or the bottom of your glue bottle for a pattern.
Cut a 2- inch piece from the gold pipe cleaner. Bend the top half of the pipe cleaner around to make a circle for the angel's halo. Leave the bottom half straight to attach the halo to the angel.
Lay one felt circle flat on the table. Squeeze glue on the top side of the circle.
Lay the string on the top of the felt circle so the two ends are in the glue, and the middle of the string is loose, so it makes a loop above the angels head to hang the ornament from the tree.
Lay the straight end of the halo on the felt circle. Place it just inside the loop you made with the string, so the halo will be right above the head, and the bottom part of the pipe cleaner is in the glue to hold it in place.
Place the pointed side of the folded large (8- inch) doily on the felt circle in the glue.
Add glue to one side of the second felt circle, and place it over the first circle (glue-side down) so the string, halo, and tip of the body are sandwiched in between the two felt circles. Set the whole thing aside to dry for a few minutes.
Give each angel wing a slight twist on the side you glued together so the wings will lay flatter when you glue them on to the body.
Glue the wings to the back of the angel so one wing is sticking out on each side of the body.
Add wiggly eyes to your angel's face, or leave it blank. You can also add a mouth with a pink or red marker and glue a pinch of sphagnum moss to the top of her head for hair.
Don't forget to add your name and the date to the back of the angel so you can remember when you made it. Hang your angel on the Christmas tree, or add it to a special gift.