How to Make Angels From Doilies

Angels have taken on a special significance in recent years. Not only are they a staple in religious artwork, but their images grace book covers, candles and holiday accessories. Bringing an angel's grace into your home can be as simple as gathering the doilies that you found at a second-hand store or yard sale and adding some glue and glitter. When finished, these angels can sit atop a Christmas tree or adorn a tabletop in your home.

Cut a straight line in the paper plates from the edge to the centre.

Form a cone from each of the plates by folding it until the cut edges meet.

Secure each end of the cone with a staple.

Place a plastic sandwich bag over each of the cones and set aside.

Spread out a few sheets of waxed paper.

Stiffen the doilies in the fabric stiffener. To do this, pour the fabric stiffener into the bowl, making sure that there's enough to fully soak two doilies.

Soak the smaller doily in the mixture and then wring it out.

Wrap it around a large cotton ball and fasten it with the rubber band. This forms the head.

Place the doily over a plastic-covered cone.

Pull the doily until it is snug against the cone and then fasten the back together with a large paper clip.

Create the angel's wings by folding the doily fabric to out to the sides.

Lay the angel flat on her back on one of the pieces of waxed paper. The wings should be spread out so that they will dry in that shape.

Sprinkle a little of the glitter into the bowl of fabric stiffener.

Dip the larger of the doilies into the fabric stiffener mixture until it's saturated.

Pull the doily from the mixture, then wring it out until it's dry.

Place it over the second cone and arrange the skirt so that it folds like a skirt's pleats form.

Let both doilies dry for 24 to 48 hours.

Remove the paper plate cones.

Glue the top doily portion to the bottom doily portion once the doilies have dried.

Use a pipe cleaner to make the halo. Twist it so that it's shaped like a halo with a stem. Glue the stem portion of it to the angel's back. If you are concerned about it staying in place, tie a decorative ribbon around the angel's neck to provide additional support for the pipe cleaner.

Glue on little flowers, a mini song book or tiny candles. You can find these at a craft store.

Place the angel on top of your tree or in another display location.


You might try variations with doilies that have multicoloured yarns crocheted in pretty patterns.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Sandwich bags
  • Waxed paper
  • 4-inch crocheted doily
  • 6-inch crocheted doily
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubber band
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Bowl
  • Large paper clips
  • Gold and silver glitter
  • Craft glue (ModPodge)
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Accessories like tiny flowers or candles
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About the Author

Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.