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Christmas ornaments made easy: coffee filter angels

It’s so awesome for kiddos to make their own Christmas ornaments, and it’s fun for adults, too!

Angel ornaments can be made out of a vast array of different materials, including paper, cardboard, tissues, and coffee filters. Today, I want to write about the coffee filter angel – a nifty, fun, and excellent little ornament that can be customized to no end and looks adorable on any Christmas tree.

These little angels are super easy to make and you only need a handful of supplies. The kids can have a blast helping to create these, too!

What do you need?

3 basket-style coffee filters

2 cotton balls

hot glue gun – adults only, please!

6″ to 8″ of white or gold ribbon

1 white chenille stem (or pipe cleaner)

1 gold chenille stem (or pipe cleaner)

glitter glue (optional)

acrylic paint & a toothpick for facial features (also optional)

How do you make your angel?

To start your angel ornament, begin by placing your 2 cotton balls in the middle of one of the coffee filters. To make the angel’s head, wrap the coffee filter around the cotton balls. Before you use the ribbon to tie it off, make the second coffee filter into a “skirt” layer by making a tip in the center of the filter. Put this tip inside the angel’s head so that when you tie it off it’s all secured by the ribbon.

When you finish with this portion, set it aside to begin work on the wings.

Fold the third coffee filter in half and fold it accordion-style length-wise. Pull the center of the wings together with the white chenille stem or pipe cleaner and twist the rest up in a loop to use it as a hanger. You can improvise with the hanger part, too, by using a little more of the ribbon.

When you’re ready to add the halo, wrap the gold chenille stem around something circular, such as the top of a bottle of nail polish or something similar in size to the angel’s head. Use the remaining section of stem to support the halo behind the angel’s head.

Using your hot glue gun, attach the halo and the wings to the back of the angel.

For added splash and personality, you can add some sparkles, glitter, or colorful paint. The best way to add facial features to your angel is to use acrylic paint and a toothpick. Granted this takes some skill, so you would have an unfair advantage if you’re a tattoo artist, but it definitely adds a nice touch to your angel ornament!

You can also use ribbon or string to add hair to her head in whatever colors you want.

Voila! You have a beautiful angel ornament made of coffee filters!

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