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How to Make an Angel Halo With a Coat Hanger

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you are costuming a choir of angels for a church play or working on your latest Halloween costume idea, you can easily form your own halo using a wire coat hanger. Most closets harbour at least one of these inexpensive items that you can bend into any shape for your halo. The strong wire will hold up for embellishments, such as tinsel, paper stars or miniature lights, that will bring your halo to life.

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  1. Untwist the wire coat hanger using your hands and pull the wire into a straightened piece. Bend one end of the wire hanger around the crown of the angel's head and measure the size you need to make the halo.

  2. Twist three inches of the wire around itself to hold the circular halo shape intact. Cut a 3-inch piece of duct tape and wrap it around the twist in the wire to prevent the sharp edge from cutting the angel's head.

  3. If you want a halo that rests directly on the angel's head, use the wire cutters to cut off the excess wire remaining after you twist the circular segment. Leave the wire long if you are making a halo that floats on top of the head, and use the long piece to mount the halo off of the angel's wings.

  4. To attach the halo to the wings, twist the long end of the wire around the centre of the wings. Place the wings onto the angel's back and bend the halo so the rounded portion sits above her head.

  5. Take the halo off the person wearing it. Wrap the ribbon around the circlular portion of the halo. Secure the ends using spray glue or by tucking within the wrapped portion.

  6. Spray glue over the ribbon-covered wire. Sprinkle glitter generously over the spray glue, pressing the glitter gently with your fingertips. Let the halo dry before wearing.

  7. Tip

    Use ribbon that matches the colour of the wings for a colour-coordinated ensemble.


    Use caution when cutting the wire with the wire cutters. Be careful with the sharp edges of the coat hanger; cover the points with duct tape after the cutting and bending process is completed to keep these from poking into the angel. Make sure the duct tape's sticky side is completely pressed onto itself; getting the angel's hair attached to the tape will hurt and possibly cause a loss of strands as you remove the tape.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Star-printed, light blue, gold or white ribbon
  • Glitter
  • Spray glue

About the Author

Miranda Brumbaugh enjoys covering travel, social issues, foster care, environmental topics, crafting and interior decorating. She has written for various websites, including National Geographic Green Living and Dremel. Brumbaugh studied in Mexico before graduating with a Master of Science in sociology from Valdosta State University.

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