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.

toilet paper tube angel

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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toilet paper tube with slit

Step 1: Make a vertical cut right down the side of your tube.

painted toilet paper tube with slit

Step 2: Paint it with ivory or white craft paint.

illustration for cutting skirt on angel ornament

Step 3: Make vertical cuts up to 3/4″ from the top at 1/2″ intervals all around the tube.

rolling and gluing angel "skirt"

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.

head of toilet paper tube angel ornament

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.

angel ornament wing pattern

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.

angel wing pattern traced on TP tube

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).

toilet paper tube angel ornament with vintage deer

Step 11: Glue the wings to the back of the angel as you see here. 

glitter on bottom of angel skirt

Since you can never have too much glitter, I sprinkled some on the bottom of my angel’s skirt as well.

pair of toilet paper tube angel ornaments

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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  2. 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!

  3. This is just perfection Diana! I love it love it love it!!! It’s amazing what you can do with toilet paper rolls,hey?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. Very creative Diana! I think this would be a fun project to do with my grands. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

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