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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Resources to make your own Ribbon Angel Christmas Ornaments:
3 Rolls Wired Edge Ribbons (2.5 in x 30 Yd)
6 Rolls 45 Yards Christmas Wired Edge Ribbons, 2 Inch, 1 Inch
Snowflake Ribbon with Wired Edge – 10 Yards (Grey, 2.5 Inch)
Chicken Wire Canvas Wired Edge Ribbon – 10 Yards (Grey, White, 2.5″)
Taupe & Black Geometric Shape Wire Edge Ribbon, 2 1/2″ Wide
Ticking Stripe Wired Edge Ribbon – 10 Yards (Black, Beige, 2.5 Inch)
Trousers Pants Hangers – 20 Pack
In case you’d rather buy than make 🤪:
Candy Cane Angel Ribbon Ornament
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57 thoughts on “Ribbon Angel Christmas Ornaments”
These angels are so cute. It looks easy to make which I love.
Thanks, Carol. And yes, they are easy! 🙂
Love these sweet angels! We had an angel tree for years, I would make multiples of angel ornaments each year so our angel tree was filled. These would make a wonderful addition! thanks for sharing this amazing article about ribbon angel Christmas ornaments .
Awww, I’m glad you like them! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know. Merry Christmas!
Love these sweet angels! We had an angel tree for years, I would make multiples of angel ornaments each year so our angel tree was filled. These would make a wonderful addition! Pinned 😊
Thank you so much, Cindy! 🙂
These ribbon angels are really cute! Pinning! I may make some with Seahawks ribbon for my Seahawks themed Christmas tree!
Oh that’s such a FUN idea! I’d love to see a pic when you’re done!
I apply a thin line of glue to the edge of each part of the wired ribbon, fold in half, pinch with my fingers and gather to form a loop. Turn the jewelry upside down and attach a large loop to the jewelry hat with a glue gun. The ornament becomes the head of the angel. Floss is very easy to thread with all kinds of jewelry and it is so thin that it can be easily found wherever you hang decorations.
Thanks for the ideas!
Beautiful angels. Thanks for all the info!!!
I loved this idea of the angel ornaments! There are sooo many beautiful ribbons to choose from! I chose the starfish ribbon to add to the “beach theme” of my new house!
I had to improvise on the heads because I was unable to find any plain silver or gold small ornaments! I did find some pretty gray bells that I painted over with a pearlized white paint and I’m happy with the result!
Thanks for a great idea’
How creative of you, Charlotte! I’d LOVE to see a pic of your angels!
It’s wonderful to see how you created these lovely ornaments with ribbons! VERY inspiring! So glad that you join the fun with my “Show & Share”! WONDERFUL! Very happy to see your lovely work! Thank you for your support!
Thank you so much, Virginia!
How pretty! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 34 for All Things Christmas. Shared.
Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing the beautiful inspiration at Charming Homes & Gardens.
These are darling! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
These are so cute!! Do you have a little etsy stall? #Xmaslinky
I do not sell on Etsy. I’ve considered it though! 🙂
What a lovely way to carry-on your Mom’s creativity! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.
These are so cute and I love that you are carrying on your Mum’s tradition. The instructions are really clear and helpful too. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time
Those ribbon angels are so cute!! <3 Thanks for sharing how to make them! I don't know if we'll be putting a tree up this year, but it'd be fun to make these even just to give as presents! <3
I hope you enjoy making them, Farrah. My mom tied them onto gift packages when she used to make them. So cute!
What a fabulous discovery! Your angels turned out so cute too. Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.
These angels are super cute, I especially like the brown rustic ribbon it gives that lovely traditional christmasy look xx #KCACOLS
These ribbon angel ornaments are super cute Nicky and especially lovely because they were passed down from your mum.
Thank you for sharing them at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I delighted to be featuring your ornaments at tonight’s party and pinning too.
Thank you so much, Kerryanne! I appreciate it, especially becaue these angels are so special to me. 💕
Pretty, pretty! Not only the sweet angels but your photos, too …
So good to meet you this evening as we are beginning to pull just a few things out for Christmas.
Thank you, Linda! Good to”meet” you too!
Super cute and easy to do with the kiddos. Thanks for sharing it with us at #alittlebitofeverything link up
Adorable Niky! Great tutorial. I’m pinning this and adding it to my Christmas crafts this year. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
These are so gorgeous – perhaps I should attempt to make one for my tree this year! Thanks for sharing #DreamTeam
These angel ornaments are so precious! Love the mix of ribbon prints too.
Those are darling! I would have never thought to do that. Love them. pinned
These are so cute, Niky, and thanks to your awesome tutorial, they look easy to make. I think my daughter’s tree could use some ribbon angels!
I adore these. The entire display is perfect.
Aww! These are beautiful decorations. They really are so cute x
Niky, these ornaments are precious! I love that you are able to make them and share your mother’s love of crafting. I have been trying to come up with ideas of what I can do for my mother’s caregivers and now I know. These ornaments would make the perfect gift. Thank you for sharing! It is wonderful to hop with you. Happy crafting! xo
I love that you have your mum’s instructions still, these things are so special to find aren’t they? I love your little ribbon angels too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Handmade Monday
These are gorgeous Christmas decorations! How lovely to be able to use your Mom’s crafting stash and carry on her traditions.
Oh! the ribbon angels are precious, what a great gift your mother left you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.
I do love homemade decorations, these look wonderful #KCACOLS
Hi Niky! I am so happy to be visiting The House on Silverado! Your little angels are so cute! I love that you can customize these with whatever ribbons you want! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Chloe!
Oh those are so darling, and what a sweet thing to find your mom’s notes too! I can see why they have a special place in your heart. I love how you customized them too – totally adorable! I’m off to read some more of your posts. It’s so fun to share these hops with you!
Those decorations are really pretty and how lovely to have memories to keep of your mum and her written instructions on how to make them. Thanks for joining in with #pocolo
Hi Niky, these are so cute. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I think I know what I will be doing this weekend – thank you for the inspiration. I love how the angel ornaments turned out.
These are the cutest little angel ornaments ever. I love the ribbon you used and the added touch of the buttons is the perfect touch. I might just have to try and make these with the extra ribbon I have . It was so fun being on the hop with you.
Your sweet ribbon angels would look right at home on a wrapped gift as well as the tree. I liked how you showed the ruler when you cut the ribbon. It’s a good visual aid that really helped.
And what a wonderful surprise to find your mom’s hand written notes – such a treasure!
Thanks for taking part in this blog hop – it’s great to have you join in on the fun.
What a fantastic idea. These are so cute and pretty and easy to make. And I too love that they are customizable. Thanks for sharing at our #HomeMattersParty.
I would love to feature this on my site, at next week’s party.
These angels are really cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I’m visiting from the Home Matters linkup today. Have a great weekend Niky!
Niky, The angel ornaments are the cutest! Your directions were really helpful and easy to follow. Thanks for such a great ornament idea! Enjoyed the blog hop with you!
Thanks so much Lori! I’m hopping over to visit your ornament next! 🙂
Pinned! I love your ribbon angels. These are so cute. This will be the perfect gift for my mother in law. I bet you have an amazing collection of ribbon. Happy to be hopping with you.
Thanks, Andrea. Blog Hops are so fun! 🙂