Tree Angels Out of Coffee Filters

Kids tree angels with coffee filters.Lori StrausI owned a coffee maker, but because I never drank the stuff, no one trusted me to make it. Ten years later, Keurig (and others) thankfully saved my guests from eternal dessert-drink dulldom. But what to do with those extra coffee filters lying around? Tree angels!

I took two coffee filters, glued them together, and attached them to a craft stick. I used a container lid as a stencil to cut out two circles for the heads. I didn’t attach the heads until the kids had decorated them, because if they wanted to colour on faces, they’d be colouring over the craft sticks.

I don’t have a demonstration photo of these angels on trees, but so long as you don’t glue the coffee filters closed, the angel should, in theory, sit on top of your Christmas tree.

You can tell which angel belongs to the younger one and which to the older one. My logic-driven, school-attending older son included all the usual features of a face and also felt that angels needed legs, too. My younger son right now loves gluing on googley eyes, so there you have it: an angel with five eyes. (“All the better to see you with, my little gift-openers.”)

I think it’s crucial that a Christmas tree call up a lot of memories in our adult lives. I’ve of course inherited a lot of our old decorations. Some of the more generic ones have found their way into the local dump to make room for newer ones. Some of the more personal ones, though, have stayed, including a few I made as a kid. These tree angels are my first attempt at helping my kids create memories for themselves.

2 thoughts on “Tree Angels Out of Coffee Filters

  1. I love this part of being a mom. My son and I made lots of ornaments over the years. He even painted a creche that we bought from Michael’s one year. (That was a bit ambitious!) One year, I made salt dough and he painted and glued and glittered ornaments we cut out with cookie cutters. They obviously needed special treatment because they started to smell a few years down the line and had to go in the bin. A teen now, he builds a new piece of a Lego Christmas village every year–another tradition and another Christmas memory for him. Hmmm. Now I’m feeling all Christmasy. Peppermint hot chocolate here I come!

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