Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ribbon Angel Ornament

My mother-in-law was very talented.  She could make and do just about anything pertaining to DIY.  I wasn’t into crafting back then (she inspired me) and often marveled how she could create such lovely items.  I remember her making a ribbon angel ornament for Christmas years ago.  It was made out of what seemed like heavy taffeta.  I’ve tried to re-create what I remembered as the ornaments have long since disappeared and I’m sure the materials have changed as well. 

Ribbon Angel Ornament                                               
Materials Needed:

2 1/2" wide wired ribbon (at least 2 yards)
10" long x 2 1/2 wide wired ribbon
1" gold glass Christmas tree ball (head)
3"- 2" piece of gold colored wire (cut from
       edge of ribbon) to shape into a circle (halo)
Fabric tac glue 
Glue Gun
Decorative trim
Hanging thread                                                 

To Make:
Cut five (5) pieces of ribbon, 7 1/2" long into trapezoid like shapes, triming the ends at angles so that the top is 2 1/4" long and the bottom, 7 1/2" long. 

Bring edges to form a cone shape. 
Over lap edges about a 1/4” leaving an opening on narrow end to accommodate the shank end of the Christmas tree ball. 
Glue together the ribbon.
Repeat for all five pieces.

Glue the ball onto one of the cone shaped ribbon body for the head. 

 Glue one cone on either side of the ball cone together matching points. 

 Glue a fourth cone half way into middle of center cone of the three.

 Glue a fifth cone half way into middle of fourth cone, making sure to line up the seams and points

  Glue 10" long ribbon together and shape/tie into bow and glue to the base of the ball (center) behind the three cones for the wings

Glue decorative trim to neck of angel.  
Glue trim cord tied into a knot to back of angel at the base of the ball for the hanger.

      Assembly Recap:

I tried different ribbon  and trim  

And I had to make another Purple 
Angel  .   .   .

These are really cute little Angels  .   .    .  I hope my mother-in-law would have been proud of the way they turned out.

                   Ribbon Tree(made last year) with Ribbon Angel





  1. What a beautiful angel and perfect for a tree :)I'm your newest follower from Marvelous Monday, would love it if you could come by and follow back?

    1. Thanks for visiting and following! Loved your cakes and your son is adorable,too!

  2. This is such a beautiful idea! Pinning it!!

    1. Thanks Morena! There are so many variations just by using the basic tree skirt pattern and adding different holiday shapes.

  3. That is adorable!!!!!!!!!!! I may need to make some of these for my daughter and SIL's tree. They ahve a new, lARGE 10 foot tree and we may need some mORE ornaments:) XO, Pinky

    1. Thanks Pinky! You'll have fun making these. They're oh so easy!

  4. These are so beautiful!! I love them. You did another fabulous job. You are one talented lady. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I appreciate it so much! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs

    1. Thanks Kathy! You're one of my biggest cheerleaders with your compliments and kind words. I really appreciate your interest and the great job you do in hosting "A Bouquet of Talent!

  5. This angel is adorable! I'm bookmarking the page and I'll try doing one for Christmas!

  6. Love these - I am sure your MIL is proud of you. I love the purple one! Great tutorial.

  7. These are just so pretty and elegant! I have a hard time thinking there was a time you weren't into crafting but it's fun to know where some of your inspiration came from. You're MIL must have been a pretty talented gal too!


  8. So elegant - these would make perfect gifts too.

  9. So lovely Gail! I definitely will be making one for my tree.

  10. They are absolutley fabulous. I know your MIL is looking and smiling at what a wonderful job you did.
    thank you for sharing such a detailed tutorial with us..

  11. Thank you so much for posting this... I have been looking for a angel for our trees for just ever but just hadnt found anything commercially that fit the feel I was going for.. these are perfect.. I made a red and gold one for my home made ornament tree and a silver one for my blue and silver tree... Thank you so much again.

  12. I am going to make this angel as soon as I can. I love angels. it will be Monday when I get on it. will send a picture when I do make one. and you will get the credit. this is one rule of mine now.


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