Angels are a versatile craft theme for kids. Bible stories often focus on angels, and angels serve as a popular decoration for Christmas and other holidays. They also make a good theme for gifts to others. Making angel paper crafts provides teachers, group leaders and parents with inexpensive project ideas and allows children to develop their fine motor skills by tracing, drawing, cutting, folding, colouring and gluing.
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Use a paper plate for the base of an angel mobile. Have kids fold an 8-inch by 10-inch sheet of paper in half. Beginning at the top of the fold, cut a half angel shape, including the head, then the wings, and ending at the bottom of the folded paper with the angel's robe. Unfold the shape slightly, and draw or glue on eyes and a halo. Each child should make three or four angels. Tape or staple lengths of ribbon onto the folded edge of each angel, and tape or staple the loose end of each ribbon onto the rim of the paper plate. Tape a loop of ribbon onto the centre of the paper plate to hang the mobile.
Gift Favor Angels
Make small paper angels to tie onto pencils, lollipops or candy canes, or to use as a package decoration. Have children trace a circle about 3 inches across (a paper cup makes an easy pattern to trace) on plain or patterned paper. Cut the circle out. Fan-fold the circle. Fasten a staple in the centre of the folded circle, then fan out the bottom portion of the circle to look like an angel's robe. Fan out the top part of the circle fuller than the bottom to look like angel wings. Cut a small circle for the angel's head. Glue the head into the fullness of the angel wings. If the children desire, they can glue a small piece of gold cording or chenille stem above the angel's head for a halo and glue craft eyes onto the angel's face.
Basic Shapes Angels
Young children can practice their tracing and cutting skills to make angels from simple shapes. Have the kids trace and cut circles, triangles, rectangles, hearts, squares and diamond shapes from construction paper. The kids can arrange the shapes of their choice onto a sheet of construction paper or poster board to form an angel. Youngest children may need help in forming an angel, while preschoolers and early elementary kids can use their imaginations to make one or more angels. After forming the desired angel shapes, glue the pieces onto the construction paper background.
Paper Strip Angels
Make small or large angels. Have the kids cut strips of paper about 1 inch or wider and as long as the paper allows. Magazines make colourful patterned paper angels, and plain paper will make one-color angels. Gather a bundle of same-sized strips and staple or tie together at one end. Shake the bundle to separate the strips and form a full angel skirt. Glue on a paper head, arms and wings to the stapled end of the bundle of strips.
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