Paper Angel Chains
What you will make:
Create a chain of paper angels by cutting multi-folded paper strips.
It's just like folding and cutting paper doll chains! The angels can
be used to decorate your Christmas packages or as part of a
centerpiece. Join two or more chains of angels together to form a
circle around a festive candle. The angels stand on their own and can
be used to add some sparkle anywhere you are decorating for the holidays!
This craft project is great for family, classroom or group craft
time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this
project is both quick and easy for groups of kids.
Have more paper crafting fun (and learn about symmetry) by making classic
Here's what you need:
- Lightweight computer or craft paper
- Optional: Colored paper, cardstock and tape,
glitter, glue, chalk, colored pencils
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Paper Angel Chains
Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
creating chains of paper angels. If you are doing this project with a group, pre-cutting the strips
of paper will make the craft go faster.
You may also want to make some angel templates that can be traced. Create your own or download and
Paper Angel patterns on cardstock.
The templates are available in two sizes. Select the size that best fits
your folded strips of paper, and adjust as needed. Pre-cut enough
templates so there is one template for every three or four people
making angel chains.
Tip: The angels with wings down are the easiest
to cut. Instead of holding hands, these angels are joined at the tips
of their wings and the bottoms of their skirts. For an example of how you
might decorate these angels, see the sidebar.
- Step 2: Cut Paper Strips
Cut strips of paper that are approximately 4½" by 12"
from lightweight craft paper. If you are using computer paper, cut
each sheet in half lengthwise.
Tip: If you are planning to use construction paper, it is best if
shorter strips are used to reduce the bulk after folding. Try strips
that are 4½" by 6", folded in four equal sections to cut a chain of two
These shorter chains can then be taped together.
- Step 3: Fold Paper Strips
Fold the paper strip into eight equal sections of accordion
1) Fold the strip in half, matching edges and making a sharp
2) Fold one edge back to meet the fold just made, and crease. Turn
the paper over and repeat with the other edge.
3) Fold the top layer back to meet the center fold, turn over and
4) Open the center fold like a book. There are three layers on
each side with a single layer in the center.
5) Fold one side of three layers in to meet the center fold. Repeat
with the other side.
6) Fold the center fold back to complete the accordion folds.
- Step 4: Draw or Trace Angel
With the cut edge of the folded strip to the right, draw half of
an angel along the left (folded) edge with arms extending to the cut
edge. You can trace a precut template or draw an angel of your own
Tip: If you plan to stand the chain of
angels, it is best if the angels are connected in two places. So,
like the arms, extend either the wings or the skirt to the cut edge.
- Step 5: Cut Angels
Hold the folded strip firmly and cut carefully around the
outline. Do not cut along the folds.
Unfold the paper strip to reveal your chain of angels. The chain of angels will stand if each
angel is folded just a bit. Tape two or more chains of angels together and form a circle.
Why not make a whole choir of angels?
- Step 6: Decorate Angels (optional)
Leave the angels plain or decorate them with markers. Use black markers on
angels cut from white paper for a dramatic effect. You might also add
glitter to the wings!
That's it! Your paper angel chain
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