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Angel Crafts for Christmas

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Here in Louisiana we say, "Let the good times roll!" Holidays are celebrated with crafts, costumes and decorations, to everyone's enjoyment.

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How to Make Angel Decorations and Crafts

Creating Christmas decorations and crafts is an American tradition. In our family, we love to make our own decorations and ornaments and many are passed down from generation to generation. I have included some patterns and instructions for a few of the Angels that I have made. Some are old patterns and some are based on old designs, but with my own special alterations. Some of them would make nice holiday gifts. We hope you enjoy making them and using them.

We've also included Angelic music for your enjoyment while you view the page and links where you can purchase ready made Angels, craft books, ornaments and other heavenly things that you may like.

Crafts

We think that the best and most cherished holiday decorations are made by hand and that are passed down from generation to generation. There are a lot of artists and "crafters" in our family who have shared patterns and directions for some lovely Christmas crafts.

Some of my favorite Christmas crafts are the Angels. I have made them in all shapes and sizes and from a variety of different materials and I'd like to share some of my favorites with you. I hope you enjoy making and using them as much as we have. Some of these are over 30 years old and I have added a few of my own touches and altered a couple to suit my tastes. I've included the original pattern and also my changes to the design.

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Many angel posters, cards and ornaments such as Angel by ReflectivePanorama are available on Zazzle.

Original Lace Angel

Original Lace Angel

Original Lace Angel

Lace Angel Original Pattern

Lace Angel Original Pattern

Angels for the Tree

LACE ANGEL ORNAMENT (Original Pattern)

MATERIALS

  • 18 inches of 3 inch wide lace (which has like edges and a uniform pattern of holes along the middle and the edges) per angel.
  • 1 (12") gold pipe cleaner
  • 24" of narrow ribbon
  • 1 (1") round wooden doll head with hole all the way through
  • 2 miniature roses
  • 1 small jingle bell (if desired)
  • 6" gold cord

DIRECTIONS

1. GLUE HAIR TO HEAD AND LET DRY. MAKE A CIRCLE 1/3 OF THE WAY ON THE END OF THE PIPE CLEANER. PUT BOTH ENDS THROUGH HEAD. WRAP SHORT END AROUND THE STEM FOR A COLLAR.

2. COUNT DOWN 11 HOLES IN THE LACE (@ 6") AND CUT. WEAVE THROUGH THE CENTER HOLES ONTO THE LONG END OF THE PIPE CLEANER AND PUSH UP FOR WINGS.

3. GATHER THE REST OF THE LACE ALONG THE LONG EDGE. PULL TIGHTLY AND TIE OFF. SLIDE UP ONTO THE LONG END OF THE PIPE CLEANER & GLUE UNDER THE WINGS.

4. MAKE A BOW WITH THE 12" OF RIBBON. GLUE AT THE WAIST. GLUE ON ROSE. REPEAT FOR THE BACK.

5. MAKE A LOOP OF THE GOLD CORD. DIP THE ENDS INTO CLEAR NAIL POLISH. SLIP IT OVER THE HALO & GLUE KNOT AT HEAD FOR HANGER.

6. CUT OFF PIPE CLEANER UNDERSKIRT OR LEAVE IT & ATTACH A SMALL BELL.

Angel 2 Fan Skirt

Angel 2 Fan Skirt

Fan Style Skirt

Follow Directions number 1 & 2 above.3. Instead of gathering the lace to make a skirt, fold the lace like a fan and bend the pipe cleaner at a right angle, then thread it through the edge of the lace. Fan out the lace to make the skirt (see photo). Bend pipe cleaner up in the middle of the back and twirl it and cut off access. Glue bow to hide it.Follow directions 4 & 5 above.

Small Angel Ornament

Small Angel Ornament

Little Lace One for a Small Tree

Use the directions for the original angel, but use 6 inch lengths of 2 different types of gathered decorative ribbon instead of lace. Fold a third 6 inch piece of lace for the bodice and glue the pipe cleaner to it. Use 2 long white feathers for the wings. Add hair and other decoration if desired.

Angel Pearl Pin

Angel Pearl Pin

Beaded Jewelry

Materials:

1 18mm White Pearls Item # 1438-12

60 6mm White Pearls Item # 1438-06

50 4mm Gold Pearls Item # 1439-07

1 1/3 yd. 24 ga. Wire Item # 1430-01

1 pin back

Tools Needed: Wire Cutter, Needle Nose Pliers, Scissors, hot glue gun

Instructions:

  • Slip 9 white pearls onto 1 yard of the wire.
  • Fold wire up at each end of the pearls, making sure ends of wire are even. Now slip 8 white onto the right side of the wire.
  • Slide the left wire through the 8 pearls on the right. Since the wire is going through the pearls for the 2nd time it is best to keep the wire straight. Instead of pulling the wire through each pearl, slide all the pearls onto 2nd wire, then pull both wires until pearls come together. Try to keep the wire as even as possible.
  • Slip 8 pearls onto whichever wire is shorter. Fold pearls over toward the previous row, then slip the other wire through the pearls just as you did before.
  • Repeat (step 4) six more times, each time decreasing 1 white pearl. The top row should have 2 pearls.
  • To make the wings, put 10 gold pearls on each wire and thread the end through the wire loop on the edge of row 5 and 6. Put 8 gold pearls on each wire and 2 white pearls on the shorter wire. Run each wire through 1 of the 2 white pearls and come up in between the pearls.
  • To attach the head and halo: Slip the 18mm pearl onto both wires, then slip 10 gold pearls onto one wire. Twist the wire (with the pearls) around the other wire to form a tight circle. Trim off excess wire.
  • To form the arms: Use about 1 foot of wire and run it through the row with 3 white pearls, making sure the ends are even. Put 3 white pearls and 1 gold pearl on each end. Run the wire back through the 3 white pearls to form the 2 arms and back through 1 of the 3 body pearls on each side to come out on the back. Put the wires together to secure the pin back. You may also need a little hot glue.

Another variation can be found at: Angel made from pearls

Angel Doll

Angel Doll

Sparkle Angel Instructions

Sparkle Angel Instructions

Twisted Paper Heavenly Host

Instead of the paper covered plastic foam ball, I used a large bead for the head, painted a face and glued on doll hair. The traditional corn shuck or twisted paper dolls do not have faces.

reference for Instructions: Sandy Dye, Paper Ribbon Welcome Dolls 13 Delightful Paper Ribbon Dolls to Make Using Twisted Paper, Plaid Express, 1990.

Christmas Angels

'Angels' in Greek means 'Messengers'. In the Bible, heavenly angels are mentioned as messengers of god. Christmas angels are perhaps the most popular form of angels that are used in our celebrations. Angels are believed to be immortals, who live in Heaven, and act as intermediaries between God and Humankind. Traditionally, pictures and poems on angels portray them having human bodies with wings sprouting from their backs. 'Wings' are said to symbolize Innocence, Virtue, Purity, Peace and Love, which place them above Humans though they are still under God. It was the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of Christianity, which first mentions that angels had a human body and angel wings and could fly.

Quote from Christmas World

Angels Video

Angel Poll

Crochet Angels

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Crocheted Angels are also quite beautiful. Instructions for this Small Angel and many other Angel patterns can be found at Crochet Pattern Central.

Crocheted angels make lovely Christmas ornaments and gifts, but you need to start crocheting in fall so you'll have time to finish them all. In addition to online sites, there are many instructional books available with patterns.

Counted Cross Stitch

Counted cross stitch is a lovely form of needlework that can be used to make some beautiful keepsake Christmas ornaments as well as a variety of other projects. Many good counted cross stitch books that feature Angel patterns are available.

If you don't have time to craft some Christmas Angels, then here is a nice selection of ready made gifts, decorations and ornaments.

You'll also find Christmas cards, posters and many other heavenly offerings from Zazzle. One of the nice things about Zazzle's print on demand site is that each item can be personalized and customized to make the gift even more special.

I especially love the cats. You'll find some purr-fect Angel Cat Gifts on Zazzle.

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Guardian Angel of Cats by grandfinalepro

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Tabby cat angel notecard by bmoussart





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BICOLOR PERSIAN ANGEL CAT Postage by BY_CYRA

Christmas Angel Vid

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Ragdoll Cat (Blue Point) Angel - Clouds by catartgifts

Craft a note for us, please.

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

Cute angel craft ideas. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! - Blessed! :)

anonymous on November 01, 2012:

I really love this lens. Homemade decoration is the best. Thank you for this wonderful ideas.

Top12ChristmasGifts on October 20, 2012:

I had not really thought of the craft aspects; your clear instructions make it seem easy. Certainly a good way to create family traditions.

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 20, 2012:

I love these angel ideas... great for Christmas crafters! I'm adding a link to this lens to my "Christmas on a Tight Budget" lens... I think these angel projects could help a lot of financially struggling people to enjoy the season a whole lot more. Have a lovely and merry Christmas, Naturegirl7!

TopToysForKids on December 14, 2011:

Wow, these are beautiful, you are very talented. Keep up the good work!

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on October 29, 2011:

@Becksta: Thanks for the comment. The we refers to my family and myself together. The I refers to me, the crafter. I hope that clears up the confusion and we hope you find the angel crafts useful. ;)

Becksta on October 11, 2011:

A great lens, but perhaps you'd like to look through the first two sections and check your "I" and "We" references. They seem to alternate a little and can make for confusing reading.

Jeanette from Australia on August 19, 2011:

Lovely crafts. I've made a couple of similar little angel decorations myself.

anaamhussain on August 16, 2011:

The cat angels are so cute :)

JJNW from USA on April 21, 2011:

Sweet angels!

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on December 19, 2010:

I have a collection of the crochet angels and also matching crochet crosses. They get comments from all my guests every year.

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on December 15, 2010:

@Bomerang237: 10-11 year olds should be able to make the lace angels with the fan style skirt. For the bead angels, the older children may be able to make them if you use larger beads (like pony beads) and pipe cleaners instead of wire. Glue feathers on the back for wings and hang them as ornaments.

Bomerang237 on December 14, 2010:

This would be very good to make but im looking for something 5-11 year olds can do

Annamadagan on December 14, 2010:

Very nice. I should make an angel ordiment today for my Grammy. She loves angels.

TheCountrySignS on December 11, 2010:

Very cute. I love angel ornaments. Thank you for this beautiful lens.

Missmerfaery444 on December 11, 2010:

Beautiful! I have collected Christmas angels for a long time and recently started making them too. Great lens!

Tarra99 on November 17, 2010:

adorable little angels...thanks for sharing...and thanks for popping into my retro spider-man lens...I appreciate your visit!

elizajane202 lm on November 15, 2010:

This lens has received a blessing. I loved the tree topper one and may have to figure out how to do it with my (all thumbs) kids. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

elizajane202 lm on November 15, 2010:

This lens has received a blessing. I loved the tree topper one and may have to figure out how to do it with my (all thumbs) kids. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

AWildDog on November 10, 2010:

Nice. I made several angels at school when I was younger, among other things. I love to make stuff at christmas.

darciefrench lm on November 01, 2010:

They are lovely angels and very much worthy of a blessing. I am inspired to do a Christmas lens for all of the lenses I bless this month that are Christmas based... thank-you and much love.

darciefrench lm on November 01, 2010:

They are lovely angels and very much worthy of a blessing. I am inspired to do a Christmas lens for all of the lenses I bless this month that are Christmas based... thank-you and much love.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on May 17, 2010:

Love Angels, love the lens, lensrolled to all my Angel pages.

boutiqueshops on May 17, 2010:

I love, love, love Angels! thank you for making such a lovely page ~ favorited & rated. Added to Senior Squids Craft Directory. Have a blessed day! Sylvia

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 01, 2009:

These are all beautiful!!! I love the lace on the intro angel. I will definitely be back to make those, although it will probably be next year before I have the time:)

sheriangell on November 16, 2009:

I love angel's! You display some really cute ones here, I enjoyed my visit.

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on November 15, 2009:

Thanks, I'm glad I could help. I love to make holiday crafts and angels are one of my favorites.

jgelien on November 13, 2009:

I want to try to make the angel doll. Thank you for including the instructions. this is a wonderful lens.

mgaines on November 10, 2009:

Love it absolutely love it I am going to feature this one in my gifts that inspire lens. What a nice job you did on this one.

ElizabethJeanAl on June 09, 2009:

I'm back! My mother is coming and we're going to make Christmas ornaments for my son. It will be his first Christmas in a home he can truly call his own.

Thanks

Lizzy

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on May 13, 2009:

Well, Christmas crafting isn't just American's tradition. Wonderful lens and I'm really looking forward to see what you'll add for this year Christmas season! Linking it to Blessed by an Angel lens and leaving you with blessing! :)

The Party Animal from Partytown USA on January 01, 2009:

Yahoo you are a winner in The Squidoo Home for The Holidays Lens Contest So Go Grab your badge.

anonymous on December 18, 2008:

What a great idea for a lens, and especially for those who are artistically talented. Yvonne and Al, I wanted to drop by and wish you, your family, friends and loved ones, a wonderful holiday season and health, happiness and prosperity for 2009 - Kathy

anonymous on December 17, 2008:

What a nice lens. Lensrolled Christmas at AJ's & 5 angels for you!

anonymous on December 16, 2008:

What a great lens!

acuares on December 14, 2008:

I was looking for Christmas craft ideasto do with the kids and I found this lens. I just love your angels, they're oh so adorable!!

anonymous on December 10, 2008:

I love your angels.

Bj

Delia on December 09, 2008:

great lens! great Angels...5*

anonymous on December 06, 2008:

We have so many ornaments that we finally started putting up two trees, one for my angels and one for the rest of the ornaments. Can't have too many angels.

Great lens

LizzyJean

darlkay52 on November 18, 2008:

Beautiful angels! I decorate one whole tree with only angels - some handmade by me!

Mortira on November 12, 2008:

I've added you to the featured lenses on my Christmas Beading lens! Good luck to you this holiday!

piedromolinero on November 12, 2008:

Very useful tips for those who are going to craft their own Christmas decorations. Welcome to the Christmas Decorations group.

ElizabethJeanAl on November 01, 2008:

Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

Lizzy

The Party Animal from Partytown USA on October 26, 2008:

Everyone loves angels - they just make you feel so good. Great page - I give you 5 stars with wings.

ElizabethJeanAl on October 26, 2008:

One year when I was in college I was totally broke, I made beaded Christmas Angels for everyone on my list instead of buying gifts. Most still have them. I would like to try the first angel. I think I can handle that. If it was up to me, all we would have on the Christmas tree is angels.

Beautiful lens

Lizzy

tdove on September 24, 2008:

Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

Tiddledeewinks LM on September 08, 2008:

You have so many wonderful lenses on topics I enjoy!

Mortira on August 31, 2008:

A very beautiful lens! Your beaded angel pin is very pretty - a welcome addition to Beads and Jewels.

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