Beautiful, Large Angel Wings…a DIY tutorial for festive décor made for next to nothing!

Christmas Mantel Decor with Stockings and Star Lights on a budget with Large Awesome Beautiful Large Festive Angel Wings DIY made for next to nothing by Creatively

I don’t know why, but I love BIG art, pieces that make a statement and start a conversation. And I love angel wings. There’s just something about them that is absolutely beautiful.

Christmas Mantel Decorations with Awesome Large Beautiful Festive Angel Wings by Creatively Living

I created these large angel wings in hopes to have them look as though they were intricately carved from wood. I think they turned out beautifully and I hope you do too!

I’d like to share with you how I made these Beautiful, Large Angel Wings…0ut of cardboard and paper mache. Yes, I said it, paper mache (like what you used elementary school…so yes, you’ve done this sort of project before and you can do it again).

Oh yeah, and did I mention this project only cost about $10!

Christmas Mantel Decor on a budget with Huge Awesome Beautiful Festive Angel Wings and Star Lights by Creatively Living


Begin by deciding how large you want the angel wings. I wanted mine to fill the majority of the space above my mantel.

Beautiful Large Angel Wing Tutorial wing and feather shapes with paper mache by Creatively Living

Next (this is the hardest part), free-hand the outline of an angel wing. I used a big sheet of paper to draw on. Once I came up with the right shape I cut two mirrored wings on heavy cardboard. I used an appliance box (it’s like really sturdy, double thick cardboard).

Next you’ll need the feathers. I like them to overlap a little bit for more dimension. The top feathers are a little larger than the feathers in the middle and the feathers at the bottom are long and thin.

You’ll need to cut lots of feathers to cover both wings (to figure out about how many you’ll need, draw feathers on your wing outline). Cut them out of cardboard, but not the super heavy like used from the appliance box, just normal cardboard because the really thick stuff is kind of difficult to cut through. By the way, I used kitchen scissors to cut everything out, they seem to be the toughest scissors.

Once the feathers are cut out, start taping them on (overlapping them a bit). I used masking tape.

Beautiful Large Angel Wing Tutorial with paper mache by Creatively Living

Next is the paper mache part. I recommend one or two layers. You can find paper mache recipes if you search through Pinterest, it’s basically flour, water, and salt. Let it dry thoroughly.

Beautiful Large Angel Wing Tutorial with paper mache and spray paint by Creatively Living

Finally, give these wings the look you want. Initially I wanted to look wooden and thought about painting them brown but decided I wanted a lighter more angelic look so I went with the white.

Beautiful Large Angel Wing Tutorial with paper mache and spray paint and wood stain by Creatively Living

I used spray paint to cover the wings and once the spray paint was dry rubbed some wood stain around the edges.

Beautiful Large Angel Wing Tutorial with paper mache and spray paint and rubbing on wood stain by Creatively Living I LOVE the way these look on my mantel!

Christmas Mantel Decor on a budget with Large Awesome Beautiful Angel Wings by Creatively Living

I hope this encourages you to create your own artwork to use as festive holiday décor.

Christmas Mantel Decorations with Stockings and Star Lights on a budget with Large Awesome Beautiful Festive Angel Wings by Creatively Living

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  1. Wow!!! This takes old school to an entire new level!!! This is amazing!!!!! Awesome and inspiring. No one can tell this is not from a high end boutique. And the angels sang. The sky was filled with the heavenly host singing glory to the King!! The Messiah!! The Son of God!!! And angels sing in heaven and join as we humans sing our praises to God for his glory and grace and love and mercy and justness.

  2. What a fabulous and chic idea! I’m in charge of decorations for an upcoming Christmas party and your idea has my wheels a turning! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Clever! I just made a pair of weeping angel (from Doctor Who) wings for my daughter’s halloween costume, and using this technique would have been perfect!

  4. I love your post! I wanted to let you know that I decided to feature it tomorrow morning on The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party! Thanks so much for submitting your link! 🙂

  5. This is so beautiful!! My problem is I don’t have any drawing ability:(
    What was the finished size of each wing and is it possible to use your pattern pieces in order for me to make this.

    Thank you very much,

  6. I love your angel wings and do appreciate you sharing such a detailed tutorial. Thank you so much!

  7. Cheryl Nickerson says:

    The Angel Wings are beautiful.Thank you so much for posting “How to” make them. I am going to make these for my
    Livingroom wall. Thank you again, yours turned out so very beautiful.

  8. Wow, what an excellent job you did. I love how the wings turned out. Yes, I agree that this should be a pick. I hope to make some this week. Happy holidays, and tank you

  9. Andi Cacciatore says:

    Love that you made these beautiful wings with paper maché! I’ve been making things with it for a few years and learned some tricks along the way, like using watered down elmer’s glue rather than flour and water. I live in Florida where bugs are attracted to anything made from food, so glue is a much better choice for year round warm climates. Also, you can make a more lightweight form using styrofoam cut with a Hotwire or hotknife tool. Masking tape is a big help to hold on smaller pieces too.
    Using the stain really makes this piece look just like it was carved from wood!! You’re a genius!! Thank you for sharing your technique, and inspiration 😊


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