Repurpose fabric maple leaves into charming DIY Christmas angels. Hang these as handmade ornaments from a tree or group together and hang from a ceiling to look like sweet angels descending from the sky.

By Manal Aman
December 01, 2017
hanging angel ornaments on black background

These handmade angel ornaments are a colorful way to decorate your home for the holidays. Make several and string them together for a DIY garland, or trim the tree with individual ornaments. Look for fabric leaves seasonally in your craft supply store or online.

What You'll Need

  • Die cut fabric maple leaves, available at craft stores during autumn
  • Fabric paint, white (or spray paint)
  • Foam brush or paint brush
  • [button-pdf id="551480" title="Angel template" /]
  • White cardstock
  • Markers
  • Gold gel pen
  • Clothes pin
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glitter and white glue (optional)

Step 1: Paint Leaves

leaf angels step 1

Using a foam brush and white fabric paint, paint over fabric leaves. 2-3 coats may be needed to completely cover leaves. You can also use spray paint for this step if you're planning to make multiple angels. Let the leaves completely dry.

Step 2: Cut Leaves

leaf angels step 2

To make angels from leaves, cut off the top portion of the leaf as shown. (If you're painting by hand rather than spray painting, you may want to cut the leaves before painting to save time.)

Step 3: Make the Body

leaf angels step 3

Print the

angel body template

onto white cardstock and cut out. Then, use markers and/or gel pens to add facial features and a halo to the angel. If desired, embellish the angels' robes in colorful designs as well.

Step 4: Assemble Ornament

leaf angels step 4

To assemble the angel ornament, attach the clothes pin to the painted leaf. Then secure the angel body on top of the clothes pin with glue. (If you like, you can glue the body directly onto the leaf, but keep in mind the white cardstock will bend to the shape of the leaf. Attaching the body to the clothes pin prevents the cardstock from bending, and adds a 3-dimensional effect.)

Step 5: Add Glitter Details

leaf angels step 5

For colorful angel ornaments, consider adding glitter details to the leaves. Here, white glue was applied along the veins of the fabric leaves and then dusted with glitter. However, a word of caution: excess glitter can be very difficult to remove from some fabrics. If you find that is the case with your leaves, wrap double sided tape around Q-tips and scrape the areas with excess glitter. The sticky tape will make cleaning up the excess glitter a breeze.

Cut a piece of fishing line, form it into a loop, adhere it to the inside of the clothes pin using tape (or hot glue) and hang.


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