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Vintage angel ornaments – two simple DIY tutorials

Vintage angel ornament craft idea

Vintage angel ornaments are adorable and a cute way to decorate the home for the Holidays. Below are two simple tutorials that you can follow to make your own vintage style spun cotton angel ornaments.

In the first tutorial, I use peg dolls as base materials, whereas in the second tutorial, I use balls.


Tutorial #1: Peg Doll Vintage Angel Ornaments

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An assortment of blank, unpainted, and not yet decorated, Spun Cotton Peg Dolls
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The finished project – VINTAGE ANGEL ORNAMENTS
Spun cotton vintage angel ornaments DIY
The lace is glued onto the spun cotton dolls with regular tacky glue (the glue dries clear).
vintage angel ornament wings

The wings are simply glued on in the back.

Vintage inspired spun cotton angel ornament DIY tutorial

Spun cotton peg dolls have a little hole at the bottom.
To display the ornaments on a tree branch, simply use a piece of pipe cleaner.
Tie one end of the pipe cleaner around the branch and slide the other end into the doll.



To make these vintage angel ornaments, you will need:
Blank spun cotton doll shapes (47x25mm).
– White pipe cleaners (one stem per angel). I used antique style bumpy pipe cleaner for this project but regular white pipe cleaners will work fine too.
– Gold, or yellow, or beige pipe cleaners for the angel halos.
– White craft glue. I used tacky glue. A glue gun would work too.
– Ruffled lace. The lace I used was 1 1/2 inches wide and I needed about 4 1/2 inches of lace per angel. I used two kind of laces, each with a slightly different pattern. Just so that my angel ornaments don’t all look the same.
– A pair of wire cutters.
– Paint for the angel faces. Any colors you like. I went with an ivory color and a pale brown.
– A black ball pen to draw the eyes and the mouths.


You can click on any of the pictures below to enlarge them.

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Step1: Gather your materials: Blank dolls, bump chenille pipe cleaners, lace…

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Step 2

Step2: Paint the heads of the angel ornaments in one solid color.

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Step 3 and 4

Step 3: With the black ball pen, draw the mouths and the eyes.

Step 4: Cut and glue the lace to the angels. Cut 4.5 inch long pieces of ruffled lace. One piece per angel. Pour glue on your doll shape and cover with the lace.

Step 5: Keep the lace in place until the glue is dry. I used a large paper clip to keep the lace in place. The lace endings point backward.

Step 6: When the glue is dry, remove the paper clip and pour more glue on the doll. One small bead on each side.

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Step 7

Step 7: Fold the lace over the two beads of glue.  The lace endings are now pointing forward.  Keep the lace in this configuration until the glue is dry. I used a small paper clip.

Step 8: While the glue dries, you can work on the halos. These are very easy to make. Just create a loop with a piece of pipe cleaner, twist the ends a few times, and cut the excess.

Step 9: Glue the halos to the angel heads. I tried to use as little glue as possible and only poured glued on the back of the heads.

Step 10: Let your ornaments rest a little until the glue under the halos and the glue under the laces is dry.

Step 11: when the glue is dry, remove the paper clips and pour two more beads of glue on the sides of your dolls.

Step 12: Fold what is left of lace back and pinch with your two fingers (or you can use a rubber band). Let dry.

Step 13: Almost done. Bend the white bumpy pipe cleaners into heart shapes. Twist the ends together.

Step 14: Cut off the excess pipe cleaner with a wire cutter.

Step 15: Final gluing. Pour two good size beads of glue on the back of your ornaments.

Step 16: Gently add the wings to your angels. Make sure the wings are centered

Step 17: Rest your ornament in a quiet place. Do not touch it until the glue is dry :)


Spun cotton doll peg doll shapes have a little hole on the bottom. You can use this hole to insert a pipe cleaner and tie the other end of the pipe cleaner to a Christmas tree branch. You can also use these angel ornaments as table decorations, name tag holders, or just display them on a shelf.


Tutorial #2: Spun Cotton Ball Vintage Angel Ornaments

Here is an another vintage angel ornament craft idea. This version doesn’t use spun cotton peg dolls. Instead, it uses spun cotton balls.

Vintage inspired angel ornaments DIY


– a 30mm spun cotton ball for the head. Spun cotton balls are made with paper and they take paint very well. They are also very easy to draw on and they are lightweight.
– a piece of lace about 2 feet long and 3 1/2″ wide.
– paint for the head (I used a pale yellow acrylic paint).
– a black ball pen (for the eyes) and a red ball pen (for the mouth).
– a piece of ribbon (about 10″ long)
– a bamboo skewer (a toothpick would work too).
– a pair of scissors and a stapler.
– OPTIONAL: a piece of string and some glue if you would like to hang your vintage angel ornaments.


– Paint the ball in one solid color. Let dry. To get the “vintage” look, use a pale washed off color such as pale yellow or pale pink.

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The lace I used
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Ready to assemble
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Attaching one of the two wings

– Cut your lace into three pieces:  one long piece (about 12″ long) and two short pieces (about 5″ long).

– Arrange one of the two short pieces of lace into an accordion fold (see picture). Drive a staple in one of the ends of the fold to create a permanent fold. Repeat with the other short piece of lace.

– Fold the long piece of lace around the bamboo skewer (see picture) making sure to create pleats as you go. Secure in place with the ribbon.

– By now the paint should be dry. With the two ball pens, draw the eyes and mouths.

– Assemble all the parts of your vintage angel ornaments. Fore the wings, the trick is to carefully drive the pointy side of the bamboo skewer through the layers of lace of the wings. It helped to roll the bamboo skewer through my fingers as I pushed it through the lace. Note: as a safety measure, once you are done driving the skewer through the lace of the wings, you can cut off the pointy tip of the skewer.

You are done!

I hope you enjoyed these angel tutorials and are ready to embark on your own vintage angel ornament project. As usual, do not hesitate to leave a comment or ask questions. Happy crafting!


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