Barefoot by the Sea: Fairy Wings Tutorial

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fairy Wings Tutorial

It's my very first TUTORIAL! 

Materials Needed: queen sized knee high stockings, 2-4 wire hangers, duct tape, hot glue, 1 strip felt, basic elastic, paint, glitter, flowers, ribbon

Step One:  Twist your wire hanger to shape one of your fairy wings.  Twist them together where they meet. You can either use 2 or 4 hangers, depending on what you want.
Step 2:  Once you have 2 or 4 hangers twisted, join them and duct tape them in pairs, the top wings go together and bottom wings are joined together
Step 3:  Stretch your queen sized knee highs over each wing and secure with more duct tape.  You can use regular pantyhose or knee highs but will tend to pull the wings more together. 
Step 4:  Prepare your area (and yourself) for painting, with or without help...
Step 5:  We used two wings for a smaller set for Sydney, age 2.  We used washable paint as a base and then filled in our gaps with watercolors to give the wings an even prettier affect.
Step 6:  Let wings dry overnight
Step 7:  Clean up
Step 8:  Once dry, paint on glue and apply with glitter!  This is the fun part!
Step 9:  We did this over the sink which made clean up easier.  Let these dry a couple hours.
Step 10:  Take a strip of felt and hot glue over the duct tape
Step 11:  Measure your fairy's shoulders to find the appropriate elastic length.  Once measured, stitch or knot into a loop.  Do this for each shoulder.
Step 12:  Apply hot glue (or stitch) onto the elastic and slide under the felt on the back of each wing.
Step 13:  Let these dry...
Step 14:  Apply more decorations.  We used a silk flower, secured with more hot glue. 
Step 15:  Then we took some ribbon and hot glued a bunch under the flower petals. 
 The first fitting...
I'll be posting more pictures of our "double" fairy wings (still in progress).  Riley is working hard to finish those and is doing them solo.  It seems like a very do-able craft for little ones, with a helper! 

We also thought it would be cool to make Monarch Butterfly wings with black tights and orange and yellow accents.

Enjoy!

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17 comments:

  1. Adorable! Great tutuorial too! thanks - I will be making some for my nieces!

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  2. oh my! This may be the perfect activity for my Sweet Pea's 5th birthday party!! Darling!

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  3. So cute! And I love your new blog design :)

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  4. Great idea! Will have to try that.

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  5. So adorable! I've bookmarked this for when my granddaughter is old enough to try it. :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing a fab tutorial, they are so cute!

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  7. Great tutorial! Those wings are super cute! I'm loving your new blog design! So pretty!

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  8. OH my gosh!! These are AWESOME!!!! You ladies did a beautiful job on the paint, I love all the different shades of blue and purple. This looks like a great project for my nieces!

    Also, you asked on my blog about the rosettes and how to keep them on the headband. I'm not an expert, but what I do is stitch the rosettes together, to each other, adding a little hot glue to keep them stable. Then I hot glue the grouping to the headband, stitch the whole thing to the headband, and then back the entire thing with more fabric. I start stitching it on and then add some hot glue. So far, cross your fingers, no one has had any issues. It's more time consuming this way, for sure, but I think it works. I hope that helps!

    Also, I'm going to follow your blog now too because I like your style. :-)

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  9. Thanks for stoping by The Treasurista blog spot! I am following back! :) These wings are so cute... Make sure to add them to my Thursday Treasure Party.

    The Treasurista
    Finding and Creating FUN things...

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  10. How wonderful that you let her take part in the creative process! They turned out great and I bet no one has a pair like 'em!

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  11. This is so adorable, I need to do this in the future. I saw you at It's a Hodge Podge Friday by It's a Hodge Podge Life.

    Today is my blog's first linky party. I would love for you to add this: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/search/label/Funky%20Fresh%20Fridays.

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  12. I made some a few years ago when my girls were younger but they didn't turn out this nice. Awesome job!


    MayLee, maidendshade.blogspot.com

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  13. Very cute! What a fun idea to let your daughter paint them. I'm sure she has had a TON of fun with them!

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  14. This is SO cute! Thanks so much for linking up!!! Look how little your little was!

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  15. I'm featuring you this week at Friday Favorites! Thanks again for linking up!! xxoo

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