Paper Plate Angels

Whether your kids are home for winter break and you’re desperate for an activity or you think your home just isn’t quite Christmasy enough, this craft is for you! Fair warning: this craft includes glitter, so it can get rather messy. I like to put a large piece of paper under the craft so that when (not if) all that glitter scatters, it lands on the paper. After all is done, pick up two edges of the paper, making a little trough, and pour the glitter back into the bottle. Less mess and no waste!

What You’ll Need


  1. Cut four symmetrical slices from the paper plate around the wings.
  2. Explain the different parts of the angel to your child, give access to the decorating materials, and step back and enjoy the fun!
  3. To make the halo, punch two small holes in the top of the plate and string ribbon (I used a fancy gold) through to create a loop. Tie off in back.

Note: Our angle is just hanging out with the rest of the Christmas decorations, but you could use a smaller plate and create an ornament for the tree. Or, you could bend back the bottom part of the angel, staple or tape together, and use it as your tree topper!

Nurture the Experience

Take this opportunity to explore a little art history with your child. He or she may ask what angels really look like, and that opens the door to interpretations throughout history. How deep you want to go with this topic is entirely up to you. If you’re interested in simply providing exposure, do a quick Google Image search for “angels in art history.” If you have a favorite work or find one that is interesting in the image search, use Wikipedia to get more details, including the history of the piece. Or, if you favor the angel art in cemeteries, check out Gravely Speaking.

Recommended Reading

Angels will fit in well with our craft. It speaks to the individuality of angels and how they are all different. This book is a nondenominational, lyrical read that is intended to fill your child with warmth and a feeling of protection. Because it is not tied to a particular religion, it has wide appeal.

I may be cheating a bit by adding a coloring book to our Recommended Reading section, but this is just too good to pass up. This particular coloring book (good for both children and adults) is a great companion to our discussion on art history!