How to Make Vintage Handkerchief Angels


Long before mass-produced Christmas ornaments were available, handmade handkerchief angels adorned Christmas trees worldwide. Today, you'll find many homes decorated for the holidays in a vintage theme. Recreating handkerchief angels is a perfect way to add a vintage feel to your holiday home. Making your own handkerchief angels allows you to personalize your Christmas decorations, plus they are incredibly inexpensive and easy to make -- so easy, even your kids can help.

Step 1

Lay the handkerchief flat on a table and place a cotton ball directly in the middle of it.

Step 2

Gather the handkerchief around the cotton ball. Cut a piece of ribbon 4 inches long and tie it around the handkerchief underneath the cotton ball to form the angel's head.

Step 3

Pick up two opposite corners of the handkerchief and bring them around to the back of the angel. Use a 4-inch piece of ribbon to tie the corners together in the back to form the wings.

Step 4

Cut a piece of ribbon 5 inches long and tie it to the top of the angel's head to form a halo.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Handkerchief
  • Gold ribbon
  • Scissors


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Keywords: homemade ornaments, hankie crafts, angel ornament, hankerchief angel

About this Author

Courtney Clark is a recent college graduate of Southern Virginia University, having earned a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society.

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