An old-fashioned clothes pin angel has a nostalgic appeal that makes it a perfect decoration for any Christmas tree.
If your tree is small, hang the angel right at the top of the tree, or create several angels for a larger tree. Use a traditional wooden clothes pin to create the angel's body — if you can't buy any of these pins locally, try finding them on the internet.
Attach a few short strands of raffia to the top of the clothes pin with a dab of glue. Draw two eyes onto the pin head with the marker.
Cut two shapes from the cloth using the template. Align and sew the sides of the dress together, leaving a gap in the neck to fit the pin.
Twist one end of the wire into a circle. Bend the free end at right angles to the circle. Wind it around the pin to secure the halo in place.
Cut the wings from the felt using the template. Glue a loop of ribbon, then the dress, onto the wings. Glue the pin inside the dress.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008