According to my favorite Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but I thought my mantel could really use some this year, so I began a search for inspiration.

And when I saw this on Pinterest, I was completely inspired. Click here for the original post which is written in Polish.

This creative blogger used paper plates to create a gorgeous set of wings for her mantel, so I tried my hand at my own version. Hers are much more elaborate than mine, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

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It actually only took around 14 plates for the set of wings, so the cost is next to nothing, which is always a bonus.

I didn’t use exact science for cutting the plates, just sort-of cut them in pieces slightly less than half for the top sections of the wings…

And then a few odd-shaped pieces for the bottom sections of the wings…

Then, I positioned all the pieces on a table to get a good mock-up and did the wings in a mirror image of each other.

Then came the hot glue.

I just held the pieces in place as I glued them together.

And then, to get a fluffy effect, I took them outside and sprayed on a little spray adhesive and covered them with “snow flakes”.  (You can find these supplies online here and here!)

For a mounting block, I found a piece of scrap 2×4 and painted and weathered it a little.

Then, I just glued on the wings and added a piece of jute for hanging.

That was it! So if you know an angel in need of some wings, you can whip some up for just a couple dollars. Or, just ring a bell– I hear that works, too.

See more of this mantel here and stay tuned for much more Christmas to come.