how to make a peg angel ornament

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Make these darling ornaments from peg people, pipe cleaners, and paint. An easy Christmas ornament idea!

Lovelies, can you believe it’s already the middle of November? Yikes!! where the heck did fall go? Although, there isn’t any complaining coming from me about this Minnesota fall. We had a couple little spits of snow so far but nothing substantial. By this time I would be shoveling and de-icing and freezing my nostrils. Instead I get to play with FolkArt® paint!

No complaining here. No siree.

However, it IS time for all things Christmas to start. Decorating and cookies are by far our favorite parts of Christmas! We don’t go too crazy but DO pull out some old favorites and add new favorites each year.

This year I made these utterly adorable little angel ornaments. They are made out of the same wooden pegs I used for the personalized peg family and only require some painting, pipe cleaner wings, and permanent marker faces.

Here’s the quick version of the tutorial but head down the post for the full (and easy!) tutorial…

how to make a peg angel ornament. An easy to follow tutorial.

The materials you need are:

  • unfinished wooden peg dolls
  • white or silver pipe cleaners
  • FolkArt®  Multi-Surface paints in shimmering colors like pearl, silver, gold, etc…
  • eye pins (to attach strings that allow you to hang these from the tree)


Give only the bodies of your “angel” peg’s a good coat of paint. The FolkArt® Multi-Surface Paint dries quickly and you can easily add a second coat (which I doubt you will need because of their patented self-sealing formula) within minutes of the first.


I painted each of my angels a different color but you can certainly do only one color. Because these are angels I like using shimmery, metallic colors but colorful angels are surely fun, as well!


Pull out a permanent marker to create your angel faces. You need a oval for the singing mouth, U shapes for the closed eyes, and a bit of creativity for the hair. Or, leave them bald :). Bald is beautiful too.


Now this is the part I can’t explain too well, the angel wings part. You need to twist the pipe cleaner into wings and leave extra pipe cleaner at the end to run up into a halo. You’ll get it in no time!


Those eye pins are a bit difficult to put in without a hammer. Keep it straight and true when you hammer it in and then bend it upwards a bit so that your ornament will hang straight.

Note: if you aren’t making these into ornaments you can simply glue the wings on and forgo the pins entirely.


Aren’t those just darling! Singing their little song.

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