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Easy Angel Crafts: Folded Square Paper Angel


One piece of 12x12 paper, yarn and ribbon become this handsome Folded Square Paper Angel that can be an ornament or become the crowning glory to a Christmas tree.

This version was made with a medium weight cardstock with a white-on-white design.

Folded Square Paper Angel white on white finished on display

Let's look at the materials and the steps for how to make this simple and pretty angel:

Easy Angel Crafts: Folded Square Paper Angel Materials and Tools:

  • Paper - one 12x12-inch sheet. The weight needs to be slightly heavier than normal printing paper but not so stiff that the folds are too difficult to crease.   
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Double sided tape (or, with patience, just use glue)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil
  • Folded Square Paper Angel pattern 

Folded Square Paper Angel materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Angel Crafts: Folded Square Paper Angel:

Print the Folded Square Paper Angel pattern.

Cut around the printed pattern shapes.

Position the pattern shapes on the back of the 12x12-inch paper.

I used the back of the paper to be the front of the face shape. If you use double-sided paper, make the face from another "face-color" paper.

Trace around the pattern shapes.

Make sure to tick-mark where the lines intersect the edges of the square.

Also, make sure that the wing shapes are mirror opposites and that you don't have either two rights or two lefts.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 1 position pattern pieces

Cut around the shapes. 

Folded Square Paper Angel step 2 cut shapes

Use the ruler or a straight edge to connect the tick marks and help fold the square.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 3 begin folds

Continue making the initial folds in the square.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 4 initial folds

Use the pattern to identify which folds should be inward (dotted line) and which should be outward (solid line).

Crease the folds.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 5 finish folds

Cut a 12-inch length of yarn for the hanging loop.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 6 cut yarn

Fold the yarn in half.

Position at least 1/2 inch of the cut ends along the middle crease in the top point.

Glue the ends of the yarn to the square.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 7 glue yarn loop

Position the top of the arms behind the top point of the square and the previously glued yarn ends.

Glue the arms to the back of the top point.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 8 glue arms

Position and glue the halo to the front of the top point of the square.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 9 glue halo

Position and glue the face shape over the halo shape with the bottom edges even.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 10 glue face

Position and glue the wing shapes to the back.

The straight edges should align with the middle crease.

The top of the straight edge should be roughly 1/4 inch below the top of the arms and the point of the square.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 11 glue wings

Cut the ribbon 18 to 24 inches in length.

This example is 24 inches. The white-on-white example was 18 inches.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 12 cut ribbon

Make a bow in the ribbon and trim the ends at an angle.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 13 make bow

Cut a small piece of double-sided tape and position it on the back of the bow. (Or, you can just use glue.)

Folded Square Paper Angel step 14 apply double sided tape

Position the bow beneath the face of the Folded Square Paper Angel.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 15 position bow

The Folded Square Paper Angel is finished and ready to display.

Folded Square Paper Angel step 16 finished on display

Simple yet elegant, this little angel would be pretty as a standalone ornament or as the topper on a Christmas tree.

Pick the colors that best fit your interests and your decor to make this little angel your own.

Have fun!

The Folded Square Paper Angel is a fast, fun and easy project for families, church groups or senior centers to make just a few or many.


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