How to make a paper plate Christmas angel

Posted by / Tuesday 29 November 2016 / Activities

These Christmas angels can decorate a tree, a shelf or even the table when you sit down for Christmas dinner. Unleash your little one's creativity with this easy craft activity.

Grownups, please supervise children when using glue and scissors. You can watch the video or follow the instructions below.


All you need is:

  • Paper plate (or download our paper template to print and cut out!)
  • Card
  • Glue
  • Felt tip pens or crayons
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Optional: glitter (we love biodegradable glitter!)


What you need to do:

1. Decorate both sides of your plate however you like. Draw a nice pattern with lots of pretty colours or colour the plate in one colour. Whatever you like, goes.

2. Once your plate is decorated you need to fold two sides towards the middle, overlapping each side a little bit. Once folded you will have made a triangle shape. Dab a bit of glue onto the overlapping sections just to keep them in place. This will be the body of your angel.

3. Then, now this is lots of fun, grab a piece of card and a pencil. Place your hand on the card, and draw around your hand. Do the same again so you have two hand shapes. These will become the wings of your angel.

4. Cut out your two shaped card hands. Be careful and take your time to cut around those drawn fingers.

5. Once you have two card hands simply dab some glue at the bottom of the paper hand and stick them on the back of your angel’s body.

6. Now, draw a circle on your piece of card. Cut around the circle. Once cut out, draw your angel’s face on the circle.

7. Once your angel’s face is drawn dab a bit of glue on the back and stick it on the top of the triangle.

8. Ta da! You have now got a beautiful Christmas angel to place on the top of your Christmas tree.

9. For an extra bit of Christmas sparkle, you can always put a bit of glue on your angel and shake glitter over.


Information for the grown-ups – how this helps:

The fiddly bits of this activity, like folding the paper plate, holding coloured pencils and drawing around their hand, will help to improve your child’s grip and dexterity. These are vital as they learn to write and do more things for themselves at nursery, school or home. Encouraging your child to ‘have a go’ (and praising them when they succeed) also helps to build a sense of pride in their work. In turn, this improves their confidence and helps to make them feel happy!

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