Paige Hemmis is turning recycled handkerchiefs into Christmas decorations.


  • Handkerchiefs (New or Used)
  • Styrofoam balls (Or cotton balls)
  • Glue gun with glue sticks
  • Ribbon (Various sizes – use satin for ease of molding)
  • Craft wire (any gauge will do)
  • Rubber bands/elastic
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutter (if scissors won’t work on the wire)
  • Decorations like charms, ribbons, flowers, lace, fake wedding rings, feather angel wings, etc.


  1. Take the thick ribbon and fold it over a few times, pinch together.
  2. Add two thin ribbons about 15” wide to the back of the larger ribbon and secure with wire.
  3. Open handkerchief and lay flat. If the handkerchief is wrinkled, either iron or steam it. You definitely want to do this step BEFORE you create your angel.
  4. Place cotton ball in the center of the handkerchief, wrap hankie around ball to create your angel body.
  5. Tie off with one of the thin ribbons to create the neck of your angel body. The larger ribbon will serve as the angel’s wings. The second thin ribbon will wrap around the candle or gift.
  6. Take the other piece of loose ribbon and secure your angel to the candle in a bow or knot by tying it around the candle/gift/etc.
  7. Take a craft wedding ring and hot glue it to the angel head creating your halo.
  8. OPTIONAL: Take a charm of your choice and glue to the neck or anywhere else on your angel, for adornment.


  • Instead of Styrofoam balls, you can use cotton balls. It will work just as well!
  • If you don’t want to use ribbon for the angel wings, you can get craft feather angel wings and attach those.
  • You can use white handkerchiefs, or any color, any design and any embroidery. If you already have one that is special to you, that will work! These are as unique as you want them to be!

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