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Upcycling angel craft: Great and creative craft ideas for a sustainable Christmas decoration!

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s finally time to bake delicious cookies and decorate our homes and Christmas tree festively. Sustainability has been a very important topic for years and more and more people are doing away with all the plastic stuff from the store and instead opting to make their own Christmas decorations. This is not only easy on our wallet, but also good for the environment. And let’s face it – DIY projects are just plain fun! But what should definitely not be missing during the Christmas season? Little angels, of course! Even as little guardian angels watching over us and our loved ones, these magical creatures are always welcome. Drinking hot cocoa, cozy evenings with the family and upcycling angels craft – sounds really fabulous, right? Then be sure to read on and learn how to make your own sustainable Christmas decorations here! Whether from toilet paper rolls, wine corks or pine cones – quickly call the kids and remember our great and super easy craft ideas!

Upcycling angels from clothespins

Upcycling angels from clothespins sustainable Christmas decoration DIY ideas

Do you have some old clothespins in the basement that you no longer use? Great! Instead of throwing them away, here’s how to use them to craft these incredibly cute upcycled angels.


  • Wooden clothespins
  • White ruffle ribbon
  • White and silver ribbon
  • Silver pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Small beads
  • Silver elastic cord
  • Scissors

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Upcycling angel craft from clothespins:

  • First, gather all the supplies and cut the quilling ribbon to the desired size.
  • Attach the ribbon to the clothespin with the hot glue gun and wrap around it several times.
  • Using the acrylic paint and brushes or a toothpick, paint the eyes, lips and hair. Get creative with this and just have fun.
  • Shape the pipe cleaner into a halo and carefully glue it onto the angel’s head with the hot glue.
  • Glue the bead firmly to the back of the angel’s head.
  • For the angel wings, cut pieces about 10 cm long from the white and silver ribbon, fold in half and glue to the back of the clothespins.
  • Finally, cut a 10 cm strip from the elastic cord and tie it into a loop.
  • Attach to the back with hot glue and you’re done – it’s so easy to make upcycled angels out of clothespins!

Craft little angels out of paper

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It is even easier and faster if you craft the upcycling angels from paper or old book pages. With this, you can decorate the Christmas tree as well as spice up the already wrapped Christmas gifts a bit.

Materials needed:

  • 2 book pages or more if you want to make several upcycling angels
  • Wooden bead with 2 cm diameter
  • Golden thread or wire
  • Glue
  • Pens

Upcycling angels from old paper sustainable Christmas decoration DIY ideas

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Fold the book pages like an accordion. The narrower you fold, the more delicate and elegant the angel will be.
  • For the wings, fold down about 3 cm from the folded paper and measure away another 4 cm fold for dress.
  • If you have two pieces of them, glue them together with the glue and let them dry completely.
  • Tie a piece of wire down under the fold and bend it up slightly.
  • Thread on the wooden bead and use the pencils to paint a face on the angel.
  • Finally, glue the wings tightly to the sides and gently pull the folds apart slightly.
  • And your beautiful angel made from old paper is ready!

Upcycling angel craft from pine cones

Upcycling angels from pine cones DIY Christmas decorations from natural materials

If you want to make upcycled angels, you just have to take a long walk through the park and collect some pine cones. A Christmas decoration made of natural materials is one of the most important Christmas decoration trends for 2022 and adds a very special touch to our homes.

Materials needed:

  • Pine cones
  • Wooden balls with a hole, about 20-25 cm in diameter
  • Light tulle
  • Hot glue gun
  • craft glue
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Powder glitter or glitter glue
  • String for hanging
  • Waterproof pens

Make upcycling angels out of pine cones:

  • First, paint a face on the wooden ball with the pens and let it dry.
  • For the halo, shape the pipe cleaner into a ring and glue it to the head with craft glue.
  • Tug some craft glue onto the “cheeks” and sprinkle lightly with glitter.
  • For the wings, cut two squares out of the tulle, lay them on top of each other and tie them together like a bow.
  • Glue the wings to the back of the pine cones with the glue and let dry.
  • Attach the angel head to the cone with the hot glue and let dry again.
  • Then cut a piece of string, knot it together and put the loop through the hole in the wooden ball.
  • Hot glue the ball to the pine cone and you’re ready to hang your upcycled Christmas decorations!

Make Christmas angels out of toilet paper rolls

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If you ask us, crafting with toilet paper rolls is an absolute DIY classic for kids! There are just so many fantastic things you can make out of them! So, we guarantee you won’t be surprised if we can also craft an upcycled angel with toilet paper rolls.

Materials needed:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • White and orange paper
  • Yellow and white yarn
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pens
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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Make angels out of toilet paper rolls:

  • Place the toilet paper roll on the white paper on the long side edge so it lies flat.
  • Fold the paper up over the roll so that one fold marks the length of the roll.
  • Cut a strip off the side, then cut a strip about 2 inches wide from the orange paper.
  • For the wings, fold the rest of the white paper horizontally in half and cut out a heart shape.
  • Place the toilet paper roll upright on the orange paper and trace a circle on the inside with a pencil.
  • Cut out the circle, leaving a small margin around the line.
  • Put some glue on the circle and attach it to the top of the roll.
  • Apply glue along the entire length of the roll and wrap it completely with the white paper. Cut off the excess.
  • Cut a strip about 5 cm wide from the orange paper and glue it to the top of the toilet paper roll.
  • And now we make the hair of our angel. To do this, wrap the yarn around your fingers several times and cut it off.
  • Apply glue to the top of the roll and attach the yarn strands.
  • Wrap the white ribbon around the angel’s head.
  • Apply glue along the length of the roll on the back side and glue the heart.
  • Shape the pipe cleaner into a circle, twist the tip around the longer part and tuck it behind the angel’s head.
  • Finally, draw the face with the pens and you’re done – it’s so easy to make an upcycling angel out of toilet paper rolls!

Upcycling angel craft from gift ribbon

Christmas decoration do it yourself Upcycling angel crafting from gift ribbon

If you love wrapping your Christmas gifts yourself, then you’re guaranteed to have a box full of gift ribbon in all different colors, right? How about crafting a pretty upcycled angel out of it for a change?


  • 4-5 cm wide ribbon
  • 2 cm wide ribbon
  • Narrow ribbon or a piece of yarn
  • Small Christmas ball
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Angels from gift ribbon craft Upcycling Christmas decoration do it yourself

Step-by-step instructions:

  • For the body, cut about a 10 cm piece from the wider ribbon.
  • Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the edge and fold the ribbon in half.
  • Press down with your fingers and pull together slightly to form a loop.
  • Cut an 11 cm piece from the 2 cm wide ribbon and fold it so that the two outer edges meet in the middle.
  • Apply a little hot glue in the center and press the two edges down.
  • Attach the Christmas ball to the wings with the hot glue gun and let dry.
  • Put some more glue on the top of the Christmas ball and press the wide ribbon inside to secure it.
  • Cut a small piece of yarn for the bow and twist it around the “neck”.
  • Shape the pipe cleaner into a ring and attach it to the top of the angel’s head with a small dab of glue.
  • And there you have it, your pretty Christmas angel made from gift ribbons!

Christmas angel made from wine corks

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Especially during the cold winter months, we love to cozy up on the couch with a glass of red wine. Do you feel the same way? Great! But next time, don’t throw away the wine corks, because we’re about to show you how to make upcycled angels with them.

Materials needed:

  • Wine corks
  • Small wooden ball
  • Toothpick
  • 15-20 mm wide gift ribbon or satin ribbon
  • 3-4 mm wide gift ribbon or satin ribbon
  • Pipe cleaner

Make Christmas angels out of wine corks:

  • Insert a toothpick into the center of the wine cork and trim the end sticking up with scissors if needed.
  • Cut a piece out of the 3 mm wide ribbon and knot it tightly to the skewer.
  • Slide the wooden ball over the ribbon up to the cork.
  • Tie a small bow around the neck if desired.
  • Cut a piece about 12 inches long from the wider ribbon, fold in half and press lightly with your fingers to make a bow.
  • Tie the bow with a small piece of yarn and glue it to the back of the cork with a small dab.
  • Finally, paint the face with a pencil and decorate the Christmas angel from wine corks as you like.

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