Inexpensive Toilet Paper Tube Angel Ornaments
Today I have my first Christmas ornament of the season to share with you: an upcycled toilet paper tube angel.
You can find 55 more Christmas projects and home decor ideas here.
I always love the challenge of taking something ordinary, something that you’d normally just throw away, and turning it into something fresh and new.
I think my darling angel falls into that category.
Would you like to know how I made her?
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- (2) toilet paper tubes
- Ivory or white craft paint
- Foam brush
- 1″ Wooden ball or bead
- 1/2″ Ivory lace
- Hot glue gun
- Mod Podge (or white glue)
- Gold cord
Step 1: Make a vertical cut right down the side of your tube.
Step 2: Paint it with ivory or white craft paint.
Step 3: Make vertical cuts up to 3/4″ from the top at 1/2″ intervals all around the tube.
Step 4: Now you have a “hula skirt” of sorts and you’re going to roll up the “waistband” pretty tightly. Glue the waistband closed with hot glue and hold it together until it sets.
Step 5: Use a wooden bead for the head and paint it ivory or white. Glue it to the top of the “skirt” with hot glue.
Step 6: Glue a bit of lace around the angel’s neck and add a pearl embellishment if you like.
Step 7: For the halo, attach a loop of gold cord to the back of her head.
Step 8: Glue a piece of fine gold cord (for hanging the ornament from the tree) to the back of her neck.
You’ll be creating a set of wings from the second TPT roll using the above pattern. It’s available in the Member Library, along with a full tutorial, which you can get access to when you subscribe to my newsletter.
Step 9: Trace the pattern onto the second toilet paper tube, cut it out, and paint both sides ivory or white.
Step 10: Once the paint has dried, brush on Mod Podge and sprinkled on some fine, white glitter (I glittered just the front side).
Step 11: Glue the wings to the back of the angel as you see here.
Since you can never have too much glitter, I sprinkled some on the bottom of my angel’s skirt as well.
Don’t forget to make her a companion or two. Her pink-headed friend was my “prototype.” I decided I preferred ivory for the heads, but you could make an entirely gold angel, too.
What variations would you try?
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Thanks Kris 🙂
Adorable!! What a sweet repurpose!! 🙂
Thanks so much Keri!
Your are so clever. Love the little Angles.
Aw shucks. Thanks Audrey 🙂
So pretty, and I love that it’s from something we would all have around the house.
Thanks Kimberly 🙂
That is adorable Diana! Love it!
So stinkin’ cute! I have been looking for something to put in the goodie bag for the little girls that come to my annual “Ladies Christmas Party”. I plan to make little kits for the girls to put together after they go home. Thanks for the great idea!
What a cute craft – pinning to make later!
My daughters are going to love making these with me. Thanks for such a great tutorial with good pictures.
This is just perfection Diana! I love it love it love it!!! It’s amazing what you can do with toilet paper rolls,hey?
I love them, so very clever! Thanks for sharing, I think I might try a few!!
Wow. I would have had no idea it was a toilet paper tube if you hadn’t put it in the title. Visiting from Home & Garden Thursday and so glad I did.
It takes talent to turn a tube into such a pretty ornament. This is just lovely. Maybe I can find some tubes and make an attempt.
I could see a bunch of these angles on one tree. Between the lights making the glitter glow and maybe different colors it would be so unique. Great Idea! Funny though, on Halloween I grabbed a toilet paper tube to make a flamingo nose as I dressed up as a flamingo. LOL. I don’t know what I was thinking.
Love it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. pinned xo
Diana, is there a way for me to pin your post?
Hi Keri–there should be a little “Pin” button just above the upper left corner of each photo in the post. Let me know if you don’t find it!
Very creative Diana! I think this would be a fun project to do with my grands. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
And how pretty is she! What a great idea…
We have lots of toilet paper rolls waiting to be used, and I’m sure my girls would love these when I show them.
Thanks for sharing!
My sister sent me a box of tp rolls along with some other of her crafty stuff just before she went I the hospital for her last cancer surgery in June. She passed July 28th and I’ve been looking for the right idea to use those rolls for. I just found it. Thank you. I sure do miss those long distance confabs we would have about crafts and recipes.
Oh Nancy. I’m so sorry you lost your sister. My sister is my best friend and I would be devastated, as it sounds you are. My consolation would be the knowledge that she is a believer with a strong trusting faith. I am so blessed that you have found the “right” project for those TP rolls!! I’d love to see some pics when you’re done 🙂