Repurposed Salt & Pepper Angels

I’m always looking for fun ways to repurpose things, like the salt & pepper set that I used to make these angels.
I love working with salt & peppers because they come in all shapes and sizes. Last Christmas I made some S&P snow people .
Sheet Music Angels

For these angels I’m working with a 5″ tall glass S&P set that I found at the thrift store for $1 last year. I attempted a project with them last Christmas, but abandoned it due to lack of time.

They still have some of the silver glitter inside them from that project, but that’s just fine.

Sheet Music Angels

To make the angels I also needed some vintage Christmas sheet music (thanks Donna), a couple of small ornaments, some Christmas beads, and a glue gun.

Sheet Music Angels

I outlined some angel wings on the sheet music using a craft butterfly as a guide.

Sheet Music Angels

I cut out 2 sets of wings in three sizes. To make the 2 smaller sizes I simply used the large outline as a guide and marked the smaller sizes inside that with a pencil.

Sheet Music Angels

I placed the three sets one of top of the other and stapled them together.

Sheet Music Angels

I filled the salt & pepper with the hot pink and white beading, and glued on the ornaments.

Sheet Music Angels

Then I glued on the wings.

For the white angel I used some pretty edging from my stash, and a silver key ring halo.

Sheet Music Angels

For the hot pink angel I used a couple of pieces of lace, and a brass washer for the halo.

Sheet Music Angels

And here they are together. If you look closely you can see the word angel on the back right wing of the hot pink angel. That was a happy accident.

You can also see the sparkle of the silver glitter mixed with the beading, and I think that adds a little extra something. I thought about adding glitter to the edges of the wings too, but I kinda love the sheet music au natural.

What do you think?

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”
Here’s another angel project if you missed it.


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  1. This is freakin brilliant! It amazes me what can be made with everyday items. Another use for your sheet music too!

  2. They are so cute and adorable. Love the sheet music wings. Very Clever idea

    1. not knowing how heavy they are, but they would make for darling ornaments for a kitchen Christmas tree

  3. These are so precious and sweet! Your talent with recycling/upcycling vintage items into beautiful creations is amazing!

  4. These are just adorable. Love the sheet music wings. Never knew salt and pepper shakers could be so cute.

    1. Thanks so much Bev! I'm really enjoying working with sheet music these days, and there will be a few more projects to come this Christmas.

  5. Those are just darling and a good bead-buster project too! You make me thrift for things I never thought I would!

  6. Cuuute! And the different materials to use are endless! I'll bet you will use those un-utilized shaker tops in a different project…. wind chime base?

  7. Wow Tuula! I'm amazed at your creativity! I really love your angels you made. They are perfect for Christmas. Have a wonderful day and Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Who knew?! Angels out of salt and pepper shakers–a truly inspired idea that worked so beautifully. Love the angels so much. Now I have something else to watch out for while thrifting 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! I love working with salt & peppers because the variety is really crazy, and they lend themselves to many repurpose craft projects.

  9. I collect angels for my Christmas decor. These are so cute – with the music wings. I knew you would be creative with the sheet music. I used S&P's in tomorrow's post. We may make the thing to do this

  10. Tuula, these are such a cute idea. They turned out darling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Totally cute! Love this…it’s so simple! Who would have thunk it? Angels out of S&P ornaments! The wings…so easy. I like the au-naturel look too.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Florence! I’m always looking for ways to make angels… I just love them.

  12. This is so clever! You always have such great ideas!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Diane. Happy Holidays to you too! 🙂

  13. I love your angels! So ingenious! Thanks for a great idea!