Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More Fun with Greeting Cards--A Folded Angel

More Fun with Greeting Cards 

 If you follow the Stitches Thru Time blog, you probably know by now that I love to do creative stuff with old greeting cards. Today I’m going to show you how to make a


Folded Christmas Card Angel



1 large greeting card
1 small Styrofoam ball
1 white chenille pipe cleaner
Bone folding tool (to make sharp creases)
Compass or other tool to make a circle
glue or staples
Awl or ice pick (to make hole in Styrofoam ball)


Using a large greeting card, draw a circle on the white side of the card with a compass. Cutout the circle and mark dissecting lines across diameter of the circle to use as folding marks. Cut along one of the lines to the center of the circle. Using a folding tool to make the folds sharp, fold along the lines you’ve cut until the circle is folded as shown below. This is the angel’s skirt (or body).

Staple or glue the circle back together, leaving an opening in the middle to insert the pipe cleaner into. I used rubber cement.

Front side of the angel’s body with wings


From another section of the card, cut two hearts in proportion to the angel’s skirt. These will be the wings.


Back side of the angel’s body with colored wings.

Make a slit in each side of the angel’s skirt to hold the wings at the spot where you want them to rest, and another slit in the wings to insure they stay attached to the skirt.

For the angel’s head, insert an awl or ice pick through the top and bottom of a small Styrofoam ball. You will put the pipe cleaner in this opening, so be sure the hole is big enough to fit the wire.

Insert one end of the pipe cleaner through the Styrofoam ball, leaving enough on the top to form a circle for the halo as shown below.  Fold the remaining half of the pipe cleaner up and twist the end of the pipe cleaner into the angel’s arm as shown below.


Insert the pipe cleaner into the opening of the skirt.


 If your card has lettering on it, such as peace, or joy cut the word out and place it in the angel’s bent arms as shown in the first picture.

Or, if you’d like, cut a small piece of plain cardboard from the greeting card, write a guest’s name on it, and place in the angel’s arms to use as a table name place.

A darling name holder for your Christmas table 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this crafty idea. Do you have any ways you reuse your old greeting cards?

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About the Author:

 Catherine Castle is the author of the multi-award-winning inspirational suspense romance, The Nun and the Narc, and the sweet romantic comedy, A Groom for Mama. Catherine loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, watching movies, and the theatre. In the winter she quilts and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place is in her garden. She’s a passionate gardener who won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. 

Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award.  A Groom for Mama is a sweet romantic comedy from Soul Mate Publishing.  Her newest release is an inspirational contemporary romance, Bidding on the Bouquet, from Forget Me Not Romances. All three books are available on Amazon.




  1. A cute craft to make. Cutting greeting cards into name tags or make a small gift sack out of larger cards for gift cards. Thank you for sharing this craft idea, Catherine. A blessed and Merry Christmas to you.

    1. I've done the sack idea with a twist by making envelopes for gift cards. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My mother used to make Christmas boxes with old cards, punching holes along the side with a one-hole puncher and connecting the cards with yarn. She even made a lid on the box, attaching the card to the back card on one side. Of course she crocheted the edges.

  3. I've seen that version of a box. Very festive. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing this cute angel. I am going to make this with my granddaughter.

  5. I'd love to know how that goes. Please share a photo.