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Paper-Plate Angels

Perfect for a children's table, these demure angels are made with 6-inch plain white paper plates.





  1. Step 1


    Trace a paper angel shape onto a plate with a fluted edge, and cut out with a utility knife. The two cuts for the wings are different, one made from inside out, the other from outside in. Embellish the edge of the plate with one or two decorative hole punches.

  2. Step 2


    With the angel facing you, shape her skirt into a circle; slide the outside cut over the inside one to make wings. Curl some paper around a narrow rod, such as a skewer, and make a name card. Secure it in her hands with a dab from a glue stick.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2000



Reviews (19)

  • ladykalous 11 Nov, 2014

    This is so cute! My grand daughters will love these!
    Question, what do you do for crafters block?

  • cbetteridge 11 Nov, 2012

    Hi, Is the template for the paper plate angel still available. I cannot seem to be able to view the images underneath each instruction step. Also when I click on the paper plate angel hyperlink - it tells me that the page cannot be found.

  • ladykalous 11 Nov, 2014

    If you go to the materials, click on the the angel template and it will bring it up. Took me a minute to figure it out

  • Igrowmyownveg 17 Dec, 2011

    im sorry to post again but i just remade them cos of my centre problem. i now solved that by cutting out the circle from template and also cut the tracing paper to size, zo it's easy to see where it's going on the paper doily cake thingy ( i dunno the name in english sorry) i'm pretty chuffed :-D

  • Igrowmyownveg 16 Dec, 2011

    to make them the right size i made a print screen of the pdf file and cropped and resized in photoshop, quality good enough to trace them

  • Igrowmyownveg 16 Dec, 2011

    i found them quite easy, the difficult part for me was getting them centred on the plate, or in my case a paper doily. as i thought 1 layer wouldn't be strong enough i got a few together. they work as single layer though which saved me the trouble tracing them over and over and i could cut out 3 in one go. the wings are a bit uneven cos they weren't centred and i might make a few cones of sturdy paper for support.

  • EffinMommy2010 16 Dec, 2011

    I wound up using 300% to print, but that only gave me the bottom half of the arms down figure and the top half of the arms up one. SO I used the half with the arms up angel - it wasn't a 'complete' template and really narrowed my choice down as to which one (kinda favored the one with arms down), but it was simple enough for a group of 3rd graders to put together and they really enjoyed it! We had them decorate afterwards with glitter glue and used hearts, stars, etc. [filtered word] punches too!

  • Lolita29 6 Dec, 2011

    Printing problem inquiry: template says to enlarge 200% for 6-inch plate

  • MamaRobs 24 Dec, 2010

    I am having trouble making these pretty angels stand up. Did anyone else have this issue? They want to lean back toward the wings.

  • sagacious 22 Dec, 2010

    I am having trouble with downloading template at 200% zoom. My printer will not go higher than 97%

  • bcraw 22 Nov, 2010

    Could someone please elaborate on the template? I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but it's not happenin' for me!

  • Reyal 23 Aug, 2010

    This is for Chrissybear225, do you have any pictures and what % did you use when printing the angel?

  • monica_thompson 16 Dec, 2008

    I made these with 4 inch paper doilies...and they turned out so pretty! They're the perfect size to hang on a tree or use as a gift tag....I might even mail them with the Christmas cards!

  • nehalem 2 Dec, 2008

    I made these with my daughters (8

  • chrissybear225 17 Dec, 2007

    I love this craft! I didn't want to spend a lot of money on Christmas this year, and I had to get something for my coworkers. So, I got each of them a tin of cookies under $3 and made them an Angel with their names, as the gift tag. Along the skirt where I made the whole punches, I threaded a different color ribbon for each person, and used the same color ribbon on the card with their names! Everyone loved them!

  • brightapple 15 Dec, 2007

    We are making alot of these Down Under to celebrate the best news ever given. The kids love them (and all the Mum's love them). Thanks for such a simple, beautiful idea!

  • brightapple 15 Dec, 2007

    We are making alot of these Down Under to celebrate the best news ever given. The kids love them (and all the Mum's love them). Thanks for such a simple, beautiful idea!

  • katzlady 3 Dec, 2007

    Adorable and divine. My next Christmas project!

  • soul_mending 28 Nov, 2007

    Amazing little craft! How can something so elegant come from a paper plate!