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Little Paper Plate Angels

by on Dec 21st, 2010

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Another great craft this holiday season would be to make Christmas angels! But why limit it to the holidays? You can do it all year round! It would even be a wonderful activity for the start of school!

We wanted the toddlers to have their own personalized angels, but we wanted it to be different. So with the help of Adobe Photoshop, I made some funky looking faces for the kids by changing their hair color and making them look a little bit like cartoons. They didn’t even recognized it was their face until we told them!

This activity can be done in 1 day but I suggest you allot 2 days for it.

What you will need:

  • Big Paper plate
  • Cotton
  • Sequins (or other small objects to decorate the angel)
  • Print out faces of kids
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Fuzzy Wire
  • Stapler
  • Yarn
  • Puncher
  • Glue
  • Glue and Water Mixture
  • Paint brush


Step 1: Print out faces of the kids. If you’re familiar with Adobe Photoshop, you may change their hair color as I did. I just painted it and added some effects to make it look more natural.

Step 2: Cut the paper plate in half. Half would be use for the body and the other half for the wings

Step 3: (BODY) Using half the paper plate, fold it until it forms a cone. Staple the ends together

Step 4: (WINGS) Fold the other half of the paper plate, draw your wing pattern and cut it out

Step 5: Glue the face unto the tip of the cone

*Note: Don’t glue the wings unto the body yet. It will be a lot easier for the kids to add the cotton while the wings are unattached.


Step 1 (WINGS): Glue cotton to the wings.

Step 2 (WINGS): Paint the cotton with glue+water mixture and sprinkle with glitter

Step 3 (BODY): Decorate the angel’s body using sequins and cotton

Step 4 (BODY): Paint the cotton with glue+water mixture and sprinkle glitter

FINAL TOUCHES (by the Teacher)

  1. Make a halo using the fuzzy wire and tape it to the back of the pictures
  2. Punch a hole on each wing and insert the yarn.
  3. Hang it in your classroom or at home! Merry Christmas! :)


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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