How to Make a Ribbon and Paperclip Angel Ornament

We had another quick and easy crafting project on our agenda today!  We made some angel ornaments using paperclips, ribbons, beads, and buttons.  

On Sunday we found our elf hunkered down against our gingerbread house making us a snowman out of marshmallows.

isn't it cute?
Today, the boys spotted him hitching a piggy back ride from one our snowmen.  Once the elf was found we were finally able to start our day.

Our craft for today was making angel paperclip ornaments.  

These were super easy!

All you need is:

  • butterfly paper clips (I found them at Staples-- I think I paid less than $4 for 50 of them)
  • some large round beads in silver or pearl (we found silver)
  • some 1/4" ribbon (which I had on hand already)
  • buttons or pony beads for a halo  
We cut a length of ribbon about 8" long, held it in a loop an threaded our bead onto the ribbon.

step 1-- pull bead through the loop
From there we threaded our loop through the center of the paperclip.

step two:  pull loop through the middle of the butterfly clip
We then folded the loop over our bead and pulled tight.

Step 3:  bring the loop up and over the bead
step 4: pull tight to secure ribbon onto clilp
We tried to tie off our ornament but I found our beads had such large holes that the beads slipped right off over our knots so we added a halo to our angels.  I let the boys pick out a button or pony bead and we threaded that onto our ribbon over the large beads and then we tied it off with a knot on the top that we could then put a hook through and hang on our tree.  These were pretty simple (though they did need help getting the button on and tying the finished knot), and very inexpensive.  We have TONS of materials left to make another 20 or so angels with our homeschool group later this week.

Step 5:  Add a button (or pony bead) and tie
a knot to secure beads into place.  Tie another knot
at the top so you have a loop to hang your ornament

Finished and on our tree
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  1. This is such a cute idea! My daughter in particular will want to give it a try. Thank you for sharing the tutorial at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.


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