Paper Cup Angel

Create an adorable angel out of a paper cup and a Styrofoam ball.
Paper Cup Angel craft


  • Paper cup
  • Styrofoam ball
  • White construction paper
  • White glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Poster paint
  • Crepe paper
  • Gold pipe cleaner or craft wire
  • Black marker pen
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Safety Tips

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Step 1 Paper Cup Angel 1. This paper cup angel will need 2 basic parts: a round Styrofoam ball for the head and a paper cup for the body. Find the appropriate size for these materials so that the head and body are well-proportioned.
Step 2 Paper Cup Angel 2. If you're using a printed or glossy paper cup, you need to prime it with white acrylic paint. This will hide the prints on the paper cup and allow poster paint to adhere to the cup's surface.
Step 3 Paper Cup Angel 3. While waiting for the primer on the paper cup to dry, use a marker pen to draw a face on your Styrofoam ball.
Step 4 Paper Cup Angel 4. Create hair for your angel by cutting strips of crepe paper and gluing them on the head. Curly or wavy hair can be achieved by crumpling up the crepe paper strips before gluing them on.
Step 5 Paper Cup Angel 5. Check back on your paper cup. Once the primer is dry, draw a pair of arms with a black marker pen.
Step 6 Paper Cup Angel 6. Paint the paper cup with pastel shades of poster paint such as light blue, pink, or yellow. Leave the angel's hands unpainted.
Step 7 Paper Cup Angel 7. To make the angel wings, fold a piece of white construction paper in the middle and draw a wing shape, starting from the folded edge.
Step 8 Paper Cup Angel 8. Cut out the wings and unfold.
Step 9 Paper Cup Angel 9. Loosen up cotton into wisps and glue them onto both sides of the wings except around the middle portion (this is where the wings need to be attached to the body).
Step 10 Paper Cup Angel 10. Once the paint on the paper cup is dry, glue the wings at the back portion of the paper cup body.
Step 11 Paper Cup Angel 11. You can further decorate the angel's dress with glitter glue designs.
Step 12 Paper Cup Angel 12. Glue the head to the paper cup body.
Step 13 Paper Cup Angel Ask for an adult's help.13. To make a halo, loop a 3-inch piece of pipe cleaner or craft wire into a circle. Leave about a half-inch of excess wire to make a "stem" for the halo. Fold down the "stem" so that it is at right angles with the circle.
Step 14 Paper Cup Angel Ask for an adult's help.14. Plant the halo's stem into the angel's Styrofoam head.
Step 15 Paper Cup Angel 15. Wait for the glue to dry before moving your angel.