The great Christmas craft off

 A lazy weekend. A frosty lawn. A tired set of parents. And two little girls climbing the walls.

“Hey, I have a great idea! Seeing as we got a new Christmas tree last year, why don’t we still put up the old one this year too but decorate it solely with homemade decorations girls?”

There is reason why you should never think aloud. This is it.

In my defence my intentions were honourable ….. Quality family time together, back to basics with card, paint, scissors, glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, crayons, cellotape – you name it, we have it. All huddled round the kitchen table cutting, sticking, gluing, threading, laughing and maybe even a verse of Kumbaya for good measure!


But the reality, is that I have a long few weeks ahead of me. Do you know the volume of decorations a tree needs? It literally eats them up. Swallows them whole. And I do not want to run the risk of recreating a particular tree I stumbled across last Christmas. (Sorry in-laws!!!)


(2nd born was born with a cold disposition….as you can see)

But I digress. What better place to start than angels? 2nd born has steadfastly refused to call them anything but fairies……let’s grant her artistic licence with this one.



I started with this template from The craft train blog. I LOVE this blog. Truth be told I started by making my own version of this template as I was too lazy to connect the printer to my laptop but needless to say there is a reason that she provided the template! My first angel sadly looked like it had fallen from a height. So then I began again…….by printing off the template!


(Template from The Craft Train blog)

I then cut out my template, laid it on the card of choice and cut in and around where instructed. From here the girls worked their magic on the design element of this project.


(Fruits of my our labour)

Folding the 1st one took a few minutes to figure out (that in itself may be a reflection on me!). I then taped the outside of the join at the back. To hang the angel I simply knotted a ribbon into a loop and threaded it through the hole at the top of the cone and taped the spare ends of ribbon and the knot to the inside of the angel.


I think they look really cute and the beauty, of course, lies in the imperfection of them. But as something you could do as an adult, the ones from the actual blog would look amazing on any display anywhere.



Soooooooo onwards & upwards from here…….there’s going to be a lot of spare branches so I may be burning the midnight oil with the project!


If you try them or have any ideas for me please do share!

Yours in paper cuts,










  1. Michele
    November 27, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    Ours are still hung on Mam and Dads tree at home every year. The ones that lasted longest are the rings of toilet roll covered in coloured foil then looped with coloured wool to hang them up. Awww.

  2. Jess
    December 2, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion – looks like a great crafty activity – my sis’s smallies are loving decorating this year so I’ll pass on the template. When will we see the finished tree….. Ps tell the girls I’m super impressed with their angle/fairy designing… love them all 🙂

    • December 6, 2014 / 1:24 am

      Thanks Jess!! H my god I’m worn out from making them after they lose interest tee hee x

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