These handmade Christmas greeting card angels are extra special and unique. The candle that the angel is holding, when it is unfurled, contains your special holiday message. Giving a homemade Christmas card makes tells someone that you were thinking of them and care about them. It is a little gift from the heart. And these angels could also double as a simple Christmas decoration. You can make them as basic or elaborate as you choose.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Construction paper (White and other colors of choice)
- Scrap yellow construction paper
- Glue stick
- Hole punch
- White yarn
- Items of your choice to decorate your angel
This handmade Christmas greeting card is being made from materials on our master list of basic craft supplies that we use for every project here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”. And why would we limit our creativity? We never do! By sticking to this list we simply make the process of crafting with your family more accessible and actually do-able, even when life is hectic. Because families that create together
Step 1: Cut Out the Parts of Your Handmade Christmas Greeting Card
- You can use any colors that you would like for the parts of your angel card.
- Draw and cut out a large triangle (body), 2 small triangles (arms), a circle (head), 2 half circles (for hands) and a halo OR…
- Use the printable template to trace and cut out each of the parts of your angel.
Step 2: Put It Together
- Before gluing together the parts of your angel, fold the triangle in half and punch a hole in the center not far from the fold.
- Also take a minute to add any cut details to your angel, like a scallop to the bottom of the gown.
- Glue all the parts together. Place the arms angled slightly downward and put the hands on the front of the sleeves as the arms will be folded in in the final step.
Step 3: Decorate Your Angel
- Use whatever items you have on hand to decorate your angel. I used pompoms for the hair and drawn on details to the angel’s gown.
- If you use Elmer’s glue, sit the angel aside and move on to step 4 while the glue dries.
Step 4: Write Your Christmas Message
- Cut a rectangle of white paper approximately 4×6.
- From the scrap of yellow paper cut a small flame and add a little orange to the center.
- Glue the flame to the top left upper corner of the paper.
- Write your Christmas message on the paper.
Step 5: Attach the Wings
- Use the printable template to cut two wings out of some white construction paper.
- Then fold each wing accordion style, pinch the bottom and secure it with a piece of tape.
- Tape the wings onto the back of your angel.
*If you want to put this angel card into an envelope, skip these wings. Instead, cut some matching wings out of some white paper and glue them on to the back. Skip accordion folding.
Plus, folding like this can be quite challenging for little ones. True that it is a great way to work on coordinating the hands together (bilateral coordination), as well as hand eye coordination (visual motor integration). But we also want to make sure that we are not giving a child more than they are ready for developmentally.
You want to tread that fine line of challenging your kiddo to move to the next level of attaining skills while also finding success without having to step in and take over. If you want to try the accordion folding, start with some hand over hand assistance and then back off as you see your child getting the hang of it. You may even want to practice with bigger folds first and then use what has been learned to make these wings with the smaller folds needed. It is perfectly okay (and encouraged) to modify a task so that your child can find success rather than frustration.
Step 6: Add Your Message
- Lace a small piece (about 6 inches) of white yarn through the holes in the middle of your angel.
- Roll your message around a pencil, keeping the flame at the top.
- Tie the yarn around the rolled up message.
- Finally, fold the arms to the front and connect the hands with your glue stick. Press down slightly so that the hands rest on the candle as if they are holding it.
Your handmade Christmas greeting card is now ready to be shared with someone special. This DIY Christmas Angel could even be made into an ornament. Just add a hanger. Make one or an entire choir of angels to give away or keep in your home as homemade Christmas decorations. I had the idea of decorating an entire angel themed tree and writing messages of praise and joy in each of the candles. Share a special family memory or write what Christmas means to you. I can’t wait to see your little angels!