My mom was very crafty. 😍 She was particularly known for her crocheting, especially the beautiful crocheted blankets and dish towels she made. But, I also have several other cute crafts that she made and gave to us over the years, including these sweet little Ribbon Angel Christmas Ornaments.
After she and my dad passed away, we sorted through my mom’s Christmas stash, and I ended up with this tote. At first, I thought it was just spools of ribbons, but after closer inspection, I was thrilled to realize it was all of her supplies to make these little ornaments.
It even included her hand-written notes on how to construct them, as well as reminders about to whom she’d gifted them. ❤️ Priceless.
How to Make Ribbon Angel Christmas Ornaments:
- 2.5″ wide ribbon (for the body)
- 1.5″ ribbon (for the wings)
- small Christmas bulbs (for the head)
- narrow ribbon for neck bow (I used twine)
- ribbon or pipe cleaner for the halo (I used twine)
- hot glue
- optional embellishments (I used buttons on one)
Bonus Tip: Here’s how I store all my ribbons. These hangers are meant for pants, but they work great in the closet of my office to hold ribbon spools. I can either unroll and cut a piece of ribbon while it’s still hanging, or grab the whole hanger and bring it with me to wherever I’m crafting! Scroll to the bottom for the link.
Make the Body
- Measure and cut an 8-inch length of wired ribbon for the angel’s body. You can use whatever ribbon you prefer, but I like the 2.5 inch wide ribbon best for the body.
2. Apply a thin line of hot glue to the edge of the wired ribbon section, fold in half, pinch with your fingers and gather to create a loop.
Make the Wings
3. Cut a 9-inch piece of the 1.5″ wide ribbon to use for the wings.
4. Fold the ribbon for the wings so that the two outer edges meet in the middle.
5. Apply a thin layer of glue in the middle and press the two edges down to seal in place, carefully pinching the middle with your fingers to gather. Be careful of the hot glue!
Attach the Body, Wings, and Head
6. Turn ornament upside down and attach the wings to the ornament cap with the glue gun.
7. Add more glue to the top of the ornament cap, and press the wide body ribbon into the glue to attach.
Add the Neck Bow
8. I used a 20-inch piece of twine for the bow, because I wanted enough length for it to flow and curl. If you’re using ribbon, you may prefer a shorter piece. This part is totally up to you and the look you’re going for.
Add the Halo and Hanging Cord
My mom didn’t put a halo on hers at all, and they were still adorable.
I decided to use twine for the halo, since I was using twine for the bow already. Pipe cleaner would work really well, too, and look cute–especially the sparkly kind!
9. To make the halo, I cut a 3-inch piece of twine, formed a circle, and held it in place with a small dab of hot glue near the back/top of the head.
10. I used 8 inches of twine to make a hanging loop, per my mom’s instructions. Unfortunately, in this one, I forgot to attach it before gluing on the wings, so here, it’s more visible on the back.
In subsequent angels, I glued it on to the back of the head, before attaching the wings, for a more polished look.
I also then pressed it in to the same dab of glue that holds the halo on, for even more staying-power.
The Finished Angels
Here you can see the more traditional angels made by my mom, and my more rustic farmhouse-style angels. They are both so cute!
One thing I love about this project is that you can totally customize it to your style, decor and preference!
These Ribbon Angel Christmas Ornaments are so easy and fun to make, and hold a special place in my heart. If you give them a try, I’d love it if you leave me a pic of yours in the comments.
You might also be interested in some of my other Christmas projects and crafts:
- DIY Scrap Wood Christmas Tree Crate
- DIY Scrap Moulding Christmas Trees
- Christmas Bulb Upcycle with Paint
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