Hang a pretty lace ribbon angel on the top of your Christmas tree or make a dozen for a tree with an angel theme. Add a recycled plastic cup under the lace skirt for an angel that stands beautifully for tabletop decoration anywhere.
Here’s how to make a lace ribbon angel from about a yard of four-inch lace plus a few shiny strings of beads and ribbon and a one-inch Christmas ball. You can change some of the embellishments to individualize each angel.
Supplies and Tools
- 1 yard of 4″ wide lace (approximately 36 inches)
- 1 one-inch iridescent or gold Christmas ball
- 12″ of small string iridescent pearls or tiny gold balls
- 15″ narrow gold ribbon
- 1 plastic jewel or ribbon rose
- 12″ inch thin craft wire
- cord for hanging
You will also need scissors, a glue gun, a stapler and, for the tabletop angel only, a plastic fruit cup container.
How to Make a Lace Ribbon Angel
Begin by cutting the yard of lace in half, then cut one piece in half again and set both of these shorter pieces aside for the wings.
Glue the ends of the long piece of lace together forming a round circle for the skirt.
Pleat the top of the skirt and fasten around the top with the craft wire, leaving both ends of the wire extended at the back.
Pleat (this is sometimes called fan fold) one wing. Make sure the edges of both ends are folded in the same direction. If not, adjust the pleats until they end the same way. In the photo below, I am holding one wing with both ends folded up. This is actually the back of the wing and it was turned over before attaching to the skirt.
Hold the pleats together and form the wing by stapling the pleated lace in the center. Make two wings.
Now take one length of craft wire left behind the skirt and wrap this around one wing, securing the wing to one side of the angel, with the wire ending at the back. Repeat for the other wing. Snip off any remaining wire ends.
Can you see an angel yet? She’s on the way!
Make a tiny ribbon bow from narrow ribbon and hot glue the bow to the top of the skirt.
If the Christmas ball you are using as the angel’s head has pick wire on it, as mine did, cut off all but a small stub. Apply a dab of hot glue to this area and quickly insert the wire stub into the top neck of the skirt.
Cut about 3″ from the iridescent string beads or pearls. Cross over the last two beads, forming a small circle halo.
Apply hot glue to the crossed-over beads then glue at the top back of the angel’s head. This anchors the circle in one spot so the rest of the halo hovers just above the angel’s head.
For a stand-alone angel (like the one shown at the top of this project) adjust the folds of her lacy dress over the bell shape of a recycled plastic fruit cup and glue down for permanent tabletop display.
Wind the rest of the iridescent beads around the angels neck, securing with a small dab of hot glue.
Finally, glue a colorful faux jewel, or a small ribbon rose, to the center of the gold bow.
For a hanging tree ornament, knot a piece of gold cord into a loop and hot glue to the back of the angel.