Welcome to Day 2 of our Pipe Cleaner Christmas Ornaments series! Today I’m going to show you how to make easy angel pipe cleaner ornaments. In case you missed our post yesterday, we’re going to post a super simple tutorial for Christmas tree ornaments every single day this week – using nothing but pipe cleaners!
All you need to make these cute little pipe cleaner angel ornaments is 2 pipe cleaners! That’s right, only 2 pipe cleaners! I’m actually pretty amazed that you can make such a pretty little angel with just a few bends and twists. You don’t even need to cut the pipe cleaners!
Every year around this time the dollar store stocks sparkly pipe cleaners in all different colours. And in case you’re wondering, the dollar store also has awesome string choices for hanging your ornaments on the Christmas tree. So next time you’re there, grab a bag of sparkly pipe cleaners, watch all the videos in our pipe cleaner ornament series and have fun decorating your tree with some super cute, super simple homemade ornaments!
Each pipe cleaner angel takes less than 5 minutes to make! And when you’re done the angel, you can make the snowflake. And when you’re done the snowflake, you can make the wreath. In fact you can make all of the pipe cleaner ornaments in our series in less than half an hour with nothing but a handful of pipe cleaners!
The links to each of the posts in our pipe cleaner ornaments series are below. Each one has step by step photo instructions as well as a quick video showing how to make them. We’ll add the links to the tutorials below as the posts are published.
Check out our video for how to make Pipe Cleaner Angel Ornaments:
If you have your sparkly pipe cleaners out already, you might as well make some more easy pipe cleaner ornaments! Check out our tutorials for:
How to make Pipe Cleaner Angel Ornaments:
The full printable instructions are at the end of this post. Here’s a list of affiliate links to products on Amazon that are similar to the supplies we used:
Can you believe that all you need to make this adorable angel is 2 pipe cleaners!? That’s it! And then of course some string so you can hang it on the Christmas tree. You know I LOVE crafts that barely use any supplies!
We’ll be using full length 12 inch sparkly pipe cleaners. (Regular fuzzy chenille pipe cleaners will also work, so feel free to use those if that’s what you’ve got!)
Take 1 of the pipe cleaners and bend it into a circle shape.
Cross the two ends of the pipe cleaner to make a small X. Then twist the ends to hold it in shape.
You will (hopefully) have made a circle shape.
To make the halo, pull the pipe cleaner around one of your fingers.
Then twist twice to hold it together. You should have a small circle the size of your finger.
Place your finger through the pipe cleaner right next to the small circle. Again, twist the pipe cleaner around your finger twice. Pull your finger out and bend the pipe cleaners so you have two small circles at one end. The first circle is the angel’s halo and the second circle is the angel’s head.
Bend the top circle forward to a 90 degree angle so it sits over top of the second circle – the head – like a halo.
There should be a large oval-like shape below the head and halo. Bend this oval into a long triangle shape. The triangle should have two long sides and a short bottom so it looks like the angel’s dress.
This is what your angel should look like so far! One circle on top bent forward as the halo, one circle below the halo for the head and a long triangle shape as the body.
How to Make the Angel’s Wings:
But what’s an angel without wings? Take that second pipe cleaner and again, cross the two ends and twist them in place to make a circle shape.
Bring the opposite ends of the circle shape together until they meet in the middle, like in the photo below. Don’t twist them yet.
Slip that squished circle over the angel and center it just under the angel’s head. Twist the pipe cleaners twice, as close to the angel’s “neck” as you can on both sides of the angel.
Open up the pipe cleaner wings on both sides of the angel and bend them into wing shapes. I made the wings look like little sideways hearts.
Your angel is complete! Now all you have to do is add some string so you can hang it on the Christmas tree! Ribbon or twine or whatever you have around the house will also work!
I found this string at the dollar store in the craft section.
Can you believe you can make this sparkly angel in less than 5 minutes with only two pipe cleaners?! So pretty!
I made my angel using sparkly silver pipe cleaners, but you can make yours whatever colours you like!
You can use sparkly pipe cleaners, or the regular fuzzy ones. You can make it all the same colour or your angel could have different coloured wings. It’s always fun to see what colour combinations the kids choose!
Easy Pipe Cleaner Angel Ornaments
- 2 sparkly silver pipe cleaners
- Cross the two ends of one of the pipe cleaners to make a small X. Then twist those ends together. You should have a large circle shape.
- Place one of your fingers inside the large pipe cleaner circle. Pull the pipe cleaner around your finger then twist it twice to hold it together. When you remove your finger you should have a small circle the size of your finger. This will be the angel's halo.
- To make the angel's head, place your finger through the pipe cleaner right next to the first small circle. Twist the pipe cleaner around your finger twice. When you pull your finger out you should have two small circles and one larger oval shape.
- Bend the top circle forward to a 90 degree angle so it sits over top of the second circle - the head - like a halo.
- Bend the large oval-like shape below the head and halo into a long triangle shape. It should have two long sides and a short bottom so it looks like the angel's dress.
- To make the wings, grab the second pipe cleaner and cross the two ends and twist them in place to make another large circle shape. Bring the opposite sides of the circle shape together until they meet in the middle. It should resemble a "squished" circle.
- Slip the "squished" circle over the angel. Center it just under the angel's head where the "neck" would be. Twist the pipe cleaners twice, as close to the angel's "neck" as you can on both sides of the angel.
- Open up the pipe cleaner wings on both sides of the angel and bend them into wing shapes. They should look like sideways hearts.
- Add some string so you can hang it on the Christmas tree!
These easy angel pipe cleaner ornaments are ADORABLE and they’re really simple to make. You only need 2 pipe cleaners! This is such an easy Christmas craft that you can make in less than 5 minutes using dollar store supplies. Such a fun Christmas craft for kids and a great way to make homemade Christmas ornaments! Be sure to check out our other 5 tutorials in this series for more pipe cleaner ornaments that go along with this cute little angel!
Check out ALL the pipe cleaner ornaments in this series:
(we’ll update the links as we post them!)
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