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Easy Keepsake Pocket Angel Ornaments Tutorial

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Keepsake pocket angel ornaments are so easy to create that you will want to make a bunch of them for your tree and gifts. For this craft, you can use old jeans or other clothing items with pockets. Another Christmas craft you can create with old jeans is a blue jeans Christmas tree.

Blue jean pocket angel ornament on a table
Angel ornament

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How to Make Pocket Angel Ornaments

Angel Ornaments Supplies

  • Blue Jeans
  • Ribbon
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Ornament (head)
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Twine
  • Wire cutters
  • Charm
  • Hot glue and glue sticks

Remove Pocket

To begin this project, you will need to remove a pocket.

Cut out the pocket against the edge of the pocket but not through the pocket fabric.

Removing the pocket with scissors
Cutting out the pocket

Make Denim Wings

Place your pocket on your work surface right side up to create angel wings.

Then, tie a piece of twine (10″ long) around an inch down from the top of the pocket and knot.

Denim pocket on a craft table
Denim pocket
Blue jean with twine tied off at the wing cinch.
Angel Wings

Angel Head and Halo

Next, pinch together the center of the fabric above the waist to create a place to attach the head. Use a dot or two of hot glue to hold the folds in position.

Gather fabric for head
Gather fabric

Once you have a “neck” folded into the center of the pocket, you can apply hot glue on the neck, place the ornament (head) in place, and hold it for a few seconds.

Using hot glue to attach the head
Attaching the head

Use a pipe cleaner to create a halo. Hot glue it to the back of the angel’s head and snip off the extra pipe cleaner.

Forming a gold pipe cleaner halo
Gold halo

Ribbon Wings and Charm

Attaching a charm is optional; however, since I had some on hand, I decided to use them.

If you are making this from a loved one’s jeans, you might want to use a cufflink or piece of jewelry to make it extra special.

Thread ribbon or twine through the charm and tie it to the angel’s waist.

Attach it with hot glue if you use a cufflink, button, or jewelry.

Threading ribbon through the cross charm
Cross charm

Tie a simple bow for the waist with the charm.

Charm attached to angel's waist
Angel with charm

You can stop there or add fancy wings with ribbon.

Since I adore bows, I decided to create fancy bow wings.

Cut a piece of floral wire about 10 inches long, then gather your ribbon loops.

Cut the bow, gather the center, and secure it with floral wire.

Looping ribbon to make wings
Ribbon loops
Securing ribbon loop bow - wings with wire
Securing bow with wire

Attach the ribbon (bow) wings to the back of the angel’s waist.

Attach wings with hot glue
Glue on wings

Another keepsake angel ornament you might enjoy creating is a necktie angel.

Two denim pocket angels on a white table
Pocket angel ornaments
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White matte textured ornament hanging in a tree
Matte ornament

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Vintage style ornament

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Merry Christmas,

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Wednesday 13th of December 2023

While making the Blue Jean Angel Ornament, I you cut the pocket out of the jeans, but did you also remove the pant fabric? Or did you leave as a true pocket. My jeans are thick and would be easier to manipulate without 2 layers of fabric.


Thursday 16th of November 2023

These are very sweet, Kippi. I never would have thought to use an old pocket. Pinned!


Friday 17th of November 2023

@Marie, Thank you for stopping by today. I had a blast making these. Merry Christmas, Kippi


Thursday 16th of November 2023

This is just so creative and adorable! I love how you used an ornament for the head, it doesn't get much cuter than this!!! Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving!


Friday 17th of November 2023

@kristin, Thank you so much for your visit today. This was a super fun craft I hope you will enjoy too. Merry Christmas, Kippi

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