Good News! Craft Ideas for Christmas Angels as God’s Messengers

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Angels are remarkable to consider, and are an integral part of the Nativity narrative. God’s messengers might not have been as “white and fluffy” as we typically imagine them, but whatever they looked like, they spread hope and good news of blessing to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. Celebrate the Christmas story with a couple of fun angel crafts. An “angel in a pail” uses creative supplies on hand to put together an unusual angel. An “Angel from the Heart” features heart-shaped papers to create a Heavenly messenger.

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Craft one: “Angel in a Pail”      

You will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Markers and/or crayons
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue, tape, or stapler
  • Paper or Styrofoam cups or small pails
  • Extra decorations as desired


  1. Decorate a cup or small pail to represent the body of the “angel”, with eyes, verses, captions, or other appropriate elements.
  2. Cut plates or coffee filters/cupcake liners to resemble wings, and attach to pail or cup.
  3. If desired, attach pipe cleaners for a halo element or way to hang.  
  4. Use the decoration as a prayer request bank or to recall the promises of angels.

Craft Two: “Angel from the Heart”

You will need:

  • Markers/crayons
  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Decorations (stickers, glitter, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Coffee filters or cupcake liners
  • Pipe cleaners or string
  • Tape or glue


1. Cut out a few hearts from construction paper or cardstock.  
2. Arrange the hearts into “body” and “head” shapes for the angel.
3. Add verses or captions.
4. Add coffee filters or cupcake liners as “wings”, and extra decorative elements as wished.
5. Add string for a hanging attachment, as desired, to consider the messengers God sent.

Verses or Captions to Consider…  (Matthew  1:18-25)

an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.  -Matthew 1:20-21

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. -Luke 1:30-31

The angels proclaimed God’s good news!

The angel Gabriel from Heaven came…

God sent angels as messengers.

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