How to make a cross stitch angel tree decoration

We show you how to make a 3D angel hanging for your Christmas tree using the exclusive kit with your issue of The World of Cross Stitching

Cross stitch kit

Your exclusive cross stitch gift with issue 301 (Xmas 2020) of The World of Cross Stitching is a pretty angel bauble kit. This project is perfect for beginners and you’ll have it stitched and ready for your Christmas tree in no time!

Here, we show you how to stitch and make the tree hanging. You’ll need all elements from your kit listed below.


You Will Need

  • 14-count plastic aida
  • 26 lengths of cotton thread
  • 3 lengths of metallic thread
  • Read and white baker's twine
  • Colour chart and key

Step 1

Use a ruler to find the centre of the plastic aida and start stitching the centre of the design from there, using the chart and key in your kit. Stitch the angel’s body on one side of the aida, flip it over and stitch the two wings on the reverse side (indicated on the chart by the red guide line).

Step 2

Next, cut around the outside of the stitched area, following the blue guide line on the chart. Be as precise as possible to ensure everything will line up.

Step 3

Curl the entire design so that the angel’s body forms a cone shape and the wings are on the angel’s back. 

Step 4

Slot the wings together and they will hold in place. Now the front of the wings will be facing forwards.

Step 5

Stitch a loop of baker’s twine to the back of the angel’s head to hang from your tree. Or, leave off the baker’s twine and use as a tree topper, instead.


Watch our video tutorial for how to slot the angel wings together: