Paper Angel Chain

Fold and cut paper to make a chain of angels. Decorate the paper angels to give each of them a distinct character.
Paper Angel Chain craft


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape or masking tape
  • Star sequins or paper shapes (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Paper Angel Chain 1. Print out this angel template on A4 or Letter size paper.
Step 2 Paper Angel Chain 2. Choose from either of the two templates and cut out the rectangular frame around the angel.
Step 3 Paper Angel Chain 3. Align the template along the left edge of your paper. Tape the top and bottom edges of the template onto the paper.
Step 4 Paper Angel Chain 4. Using the template's width as a pattern, fold your paper accordion-style (back and forth folding). The template will divide an A4 or Letter size paper into 6 equal folded sections. A larger sheet of paper can be folded into 8 or more even number of sections.
Step 5 Paper Angel Chain 5. If there's an excess section of paper after your last fold, you can either fold it or trim it off.

Photo inset shows the side view of an accordion-style fold.
Step 6 Paper Angel Chain 6. Cut the folded paper following the outlines of the angel template.
Step 7 Paper Angel Chain Ask for an adult's help.7. Don't forget to cut out the small area inside the halo.
Step 8 Paper Angel Chain 8. Gently open up the folded paper to reveal a chain of angels.
Step 9 Paper Angel Chain 9. Trim off any excess paper after the last angel. You can also round out the corners of the first and last angel's gown.
Step 10 Paper Angel Chain 10. Draw a face on each angel and mark out the main lines for the gowns. You can also give each angel a different hairstyle.
Step 11 Paper Angel Chain 11. Trim the edges of the new hairstyles.
Step 12 Paper Angel Chain 12. Color the angels with crayons, colored pencils or oil pastels.
Step 13 Paper Angel Chain 13. You can apply glitter glue onto the halo and along the hems of the angels' gowns.
Step 14a Paper Angel Chain 14. When the glitter glue has dried, you can stick your paper angel chain onto background paper or put them up on the wall. Connect the children's chain of angels to make an angel garland for your classroom or home.
Step 14b Paper Angel Chain If you position the two outer angels at an angle, your paper angel chain can actually stand!

More Ideas

Paper Angels with Wings
  • Instead of plain white, color the angels' gowns with pastel colors like pink, light blue or yellow.
  • Cut out and glue other details on your angels such as a pair of wings and/or clouds.
Paper Angels with Decorated Gowns
  • Make more versatile hairstyles by cutting out each angel's hair from colored paper and gluing them onto the angel's head.
  • Decorate the gowns with small stars.