How to Make Paper Twist Crafts

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How to Make Paper Twist Crafts
Paper Twist can be used to make Christmas angels. (angels image by Fabio Barni from

Paper Twist ribbon cords come in many different colours including metallic gold and silver. When untwisted, Paper Twist becomes a wrinkled paper ribbon that can be used for craft projects. It is strong like crepe paper and is often used for weaving baskets, making decorative bows, dolls and other creative crafts. You can use Paper Twist to make Easter, Halloween and Christmas decorations such as wreaths and angels.

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Things you need

  • Paper plate
  • 3-inch styrofoam ball
  • 1/8-inch dowel stick, 12 inches long
  • Base (a styrofoam circle found at craft stores)
  • 1 zip-lock bag
  • White floral wire
  • Shredded gold paper
  • Spanish moss
  • 18 inches of peach-coloured Paper Twist
  • 2 pieces of 12-inch white Paper Twist
  • 4 pieces of 18-inch white Paper Twist
  • 2 pieces of 7-inch white Paper Twist
  • 1 piece of 12-inch peach Paper Twistt
  • 4 pieces of 18-inch iridescent Paper Twist
  • 1 piece of 24-inch iridescent Paper Twist
  • Craft glue
  • Wire cutters
  • Small ribbon rose
  • 3/8-inch by 12-inch gold metallic ribbon
  • 3/8-inch by 12-inch white ribbon

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  1. 1

    Pour glue onto a paper plate. Dip the end of the 1/8-inch dowel stick in the glue and stick it to the centre of the styrofoam base. Hold it in place until it is secure. Let it dry. Dip the other end of the dowel stick into the glue and place the styrofoam ball on top of the stick.

  2. 2

    Spray a light coat of water into a zipper-sealed plastic bag. Put the Paper Twist inside of the bag and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This makes it easier to untwist. Excluding the 12-inch Paper Twist, untwist the remaining sheets.

  3. 3

    Coat the 3-inch peach coloured Paper Twist with glue. Wrap it around the styrofoam ball from front to back, while smoothing any wrinkles with your fingers. Wrap a small piece of white wire around the dowel stick where it meets the round styrofoam ball to make the neck. Make sure the wire is long enough to make a complete loop around the dowel.

  4. 4

    Fold the ends of the peach coloured Paper Twist into a loop. Wrap a small piece of wire around the loops to make the hands. The leftover Paper Twist forms the arms (the arms should be long enough so that the hands will touch when the arms are bent). Wrap a 7 1/2-inch long piece of wire with the 7-inch piece of white Paper Twist. Use the extra 1/2 inch of wire to attach the piece to the hand by twisting around the hand wire. Now, the arm and hand are joined. Glue the two edges together to make the sleeve and repeat the steps for the second arm. Spread craft glue on the edges of the sleeves and tuck it under the flap of the peach coloured Paper Twist on the head.

  5. 5

    Put the 12-inch piece of paper on the left shoulder. Pull it down to the right waist side in the front and back. Repeat this step on the right shoulder. The paper should form an "X" on the front and back of the angel. This is the top of the dress.

  6. 6

    Center the 18-inch Paper Twist on top of the covered wire (same length as paper). Fold the paper to make 9-inch skirt gathered on the wire. Put the skirt around the waist of the angel, twist any excess wire, cut it away from the skirt and tuck in the skirt. Repeat the steps for the iridescent Paper Twist.

  7. 7

    Loop the last iridescent Paper Twists into a circle to make two wings. Tie the two folded loops together in the centre to make a four loop bow. Glue the bow to the angel's back.

  8. 8

    Rub glue on top of the head and press Spanish moss onto the ball. Cut away excess moss and glue the gold ribbon around the angel's forehead. This is the angel's halo.

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