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Angel Place Cards

Updated on January 23, 2013
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As a teacher at all levels and mother of five children, Bronwen has been interested in a variety of crafts for both children and adults.

How to Make Place Cards

With Christmas just around the corner it's time to think about setting the table for this great family event. There are many Christmas craft ideas around and one is that it can be fun to make individual place cards for each guest. They make a lovely favour for the guests to take home.

This article will show you how to make an angel place card in gold, but they could easily be made in silver, white or in other colours; red or green would be especially suitable.

First Assemble the Materials Needed
First Assemble the Materials Needed | Source

Assemble the Materials You Will Need

  • Firstly, if you have them at hand, assemble the materials you will need for the project. If you don't have everything necessary add them to your shopping list and purchase them before you begin. Craft shops are great places to find all the things you will need.
  • A pack of polystyrene 'person' shapes
  • Wool for hair
  • A pack of paper d'oyleys
  • Narrow ribbon
  • Pipe-cleaners, sparkly ones are great
  • Sheets of card, especially those with glitter
  • Plain place cards or business cards


You Will Also Need the Following:

  • Felt-tip pens of different colours for drawing the faces and writing the names
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue that is suitable for polystyrene


The Angel's Face and Hair
The Angel's Face and Hair | Source

The Angel's Face and Hair

The Face: Begin by drawing the facial features of the angel. You may choose to make them look angelic, or like the person they are are representing. You can have a smile or a mouth that is singing - the shape of an 0 or an O. The eyes can be shy and downcast or open wide. It's your choice.

The Hair: Wind the wool of your colour choice around your hand a few times, depending on whether you want your angel to have long or short hair. Cut the loops at each end and make sure they are even. You may want to tie the hair with ribbon or plait it, or give your angel a fringe. Glue it to the head in the way you want it to be. You may need to hold it there for a moment or two until the glue dries.

Dressing the Angel
Dressing the Angel | Source

How to Make the Angel's Dress

This is where you use the d'oyley shown at the beginning. I chose gold, but it could easily be a silver, white or coloured d'oyley.

  • Make a cut straight from the outside of the doyley towards the centre. When you are almost at the centre cut a small circle right around the centre about the same size as the angel's neck.
  • Gather the doyley around this and tie it firmly with a narrow ribbon. I chose red, but you may like to use gold or another colour.
  • Make a bow under the angel's chin.
  • At the back glue the two sides of the cut together and fold the front so it looks like a cape that is hiding the angel's arms. Glue if necessary.

How to Make the Angel Wings

a) Draw and Cut Out the Wings
a) Draw and Cut Out the Wings | Source
b) Unfold the Wings
b) Unfold the Wings | Source

Make Angel Wings

Next, we make the angel's wings.

  • Using the card (I used gold glitter card) draw one wing as shown in the image (a) above.
  • Fold the card about half an inch from the wing.
  • Draw a tab across to the fold.
  • Following the drawing of the wing cut out the shape.
  • Unfold and you have the double wings with a tab between them (see image (b) above).
  • With the glitter side facing the front, glue the tab to the angel's upper back.

Every Angel Needs a Halo
Every Angel Needs a Halo | Source

Make the Halo

To make the halo, cut a pipe-cleaner in half. One pipe-cleaner is sufficient for two halos.

  • Bend the top of the pipe-cleaner piece around to form a circle.
  • Secure the end by bending it around the stem.
  • Bend the halo over until it is at right angles to the stem.
  • Try it for size. If it is slightly too high, cut off part of the stem.
  • Press the end of the stem into the head of the angel. This is much easier than trying to glue it and will keep the halo upright and firm.

Angel and Place Card
Angel and Place Card | Source

Make Place Cards

For the tiny angel I made here, the blank business card was too big, so I was able to make three from the one card.

  • Design the Place Card: It is easiest to make the decorations and write the guest's name before cutting the cards apart. Decide how you will decorate the card. I ruled some edging with a gold ball-point pen, wrote the name in the middle and then added a couple of stars.
  • Cut the cards apart.
  • Glue to the front of the angel so it appears that she is holding the place card.

If you are doing a number of angels it may be simpler to do them all together, one step at a time.

Now your angel is finished. Doesn't she look cute?

Finally, there is space under the angel's skirt to hide some sweets, nuts or a treat or two to surprise your guests.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      cuttler: Thank you. I hope it works and that you have great fun doing it.

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      Cuttler 4 years ago from HubPages

      I like your creativity...I am so giving this a go...great up, deserves a vote up

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MsDora: It is fun and so important to do things together. Joy to the world and to you!

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      What an awesome idea on many levels. It's a great activity for family fun and togetherness, and at the table it underscores the Christmas message of joy to each person. Love it, love it!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: Thank you for your comments. I had a great weekend, thank you. I went away up into the mountains with one of my daughters and her daughter who has just finished school. It was such a lovely time sharing with them.

      Lipnancy: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

      The Stages Of ME: Thank you for pinning it and for your lovely hugs! Mmmm!

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      Blossom ~

      What a cute idea I pinned it so more could see your creativity. Very fun and so easy to follow. Wonderful for young people and older alike. hugs

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      You are so creative and crafty. What a wonderful idea!

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      WAW!!! BSB you sure got alot of talent i love the wings looks pretty in gold. Thanks for sharing this hub with us, appreciated.

      Have a bless weekend with GOD by your side my friend ;)

      Love

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: They don't really take so very long to make and they do look great on the table. Thanks for being such a good commenter!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      How adorable! If I had time, this is what I would make for my table decor. It looks so beautiful. Thanks for othe idea.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you for your comment. Hope you enjoy the project with your grandies - and enjoy your day, too.

      Debby Bruck: I'm glad it is useful. I'm now following you.

      AudreyHowitt: Thank you.

      shiningirisheyes: Thank you for your kind comments and may you have a happy and blessed Christmas, too.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Another fine example of your endless creativity. Wonderful craft project to enjoy.

      Merry Christmas my creative and imaginative friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Very Sweet!!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Very cute. #Useful

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Blossom with easy to follow instructions .

      A great project to try out with the grandkids. Thanks Blossom and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      billybuc: Thank you for your comments and for sharing. That is very kind.

      faythef: Thank you. I've tried to make the instructions easy to follow.

      flashmakeit: No, it's not difficult and it's fun to do.

      JThomp42: Glad you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas to you, too.

      Frank Atanacio: It is fun and the results are quite satisfying, so it's worth a try.

      phoenix2327: That's a good idea. They could grace a mantlepiece or other space. Thank you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very pretty. These would look really nice anywhere not just the table.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      very pratcical and useful.. and it looks like fun more than work so yeah voted up :)

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      Very informative Blossom. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      That is the sweetest little angel and it does seem hard to make with your instructions.

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      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      SO cute..and with easy to follow instructions..thank you for sharing..

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very clever! This almost looks easy enough for me to do. :) Great idea my friend; sharing this so others more handy than me can partake in your craft talents.