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Christmas Angel Mobile

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This sparkly angel mobile is full of Christmas spirit and fun to make from simple, affordable and easily-acquired craft materials. Children of all ages will enjoy creating it, and even very little ones will be able to get involved with adult assistance. As well as being a great boredom-buster during the school holidays, itís a fabulous end-of-year festive activity for school groups and vacation programs.



Christmas angels


As with most craft activities, this activity is very versatile, so if you havenít got some of the materials mentioned below, substitute them with those that are more easily available.

Finally, if youíd prefer to do something else with your Christmas angels, why not attach them to some colourful ribbon to create decorative bunting, or use the angels individually for your festive season home decor?

Time: Approximately 90 minutes

Age: Any Age

Level: Easy

Materials
Paper doll chain (these can be purchased from many craft shops or you can print your own from a template off the internet), or individual paper dolls.

A packet of coloured felt-tipped pens

Fancy paper in soft pastel colours

Pretty white paper doilies

Glue

Cotton wool

Paper scissors

Glitter glue

Glitter

Craft jewels and rhinestones

A frame for the mobile - I used a wire coathanger

Wool or string

Optional Ė tinsel and scrapbooking embellishments, fancy scissors, pretty ribbons,

Method
If youíre using a ready-made paper doll chain, cut each doll so that it's separate. Alternatively, you could print a template for your own paper dolls (or a chain of them) from the internet. A couple of links can be found here and here. Youíll need between six and ten paper dolls for this activity.



paper dolls


If youíve printed paper dolls from the internet, these can now be glued onto cardboard and then cut out.

Using colour felt-tipped pens, draw some faces and shoes onto your dolls. Alternatively, you could collage the eyes, mouth and shoes from coloured paper, or attach small wobbly eyes with craft glue.



paper dolls


Cut the pastel-coloured craft paper and / or paper doilies to make pretty dresses for the angels.



paper dolls




cutting craft for kids


Glue the dresses onto the angels.



cutting craft for kids


Take some white or shiny paper and cut it as shown below to create your angelís wings. If you only have plain paper, this is alright too. You can decorate this later with glitter.



cutting craft for kids


Glue the wings onto the angels.

Glue the cotton wool hair onto your angels.



papercraft fairies


Add some sparkly accents with glitter glue and glitter.



papercraft fairies


Allow the glitter glue to dry. Depending on the type you've used, this might take a few hours.

Using a large blunt-ended darning needle, gently thread a length of string or yarn through the top of each angelís head and tie a knot to secure it.



fairy wings


Tie the opposite end of the string to the mobile's frame. I often find that itís best if differing lengths of string are used, as this provides a layered effect. Refer to the photo below to see what I mean. If you want to embellish your mobile, colourful ribbons and tinsel look wonderful.

Your Christmas angel mobile is now complete.



fairy wings




fairy wings


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