By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.
Halloween is coming, and fairies, princesses, goblins, and super heroes will soon be knocking on our doors, hoping for Treats. Of course, the adults in the group are getting a treat, too—the pleasure of seeing all those happily costumed little folk. For me, an additional joy is helping with creating the costume, and I especially love embellishing those little fairy wings.
Here’s what you’ll need to do it yourself:
- Wings (I got mine at a dollar store)
- Silk flowers, two of one color, and one of a coordinating color, OR three all the same
- Floral wire, two pieces each about 24″ long
- Coordinating wire and tinsel garland
- Needle & thread, glue, pliers
Take each piece of the floral wire and use the pliers to make a small loop on each end. Bend the wires into a gentle curve. Take the garland and wind it around and around the wires, making several tight loops on each end to secure.
Now use the needle and thread to tack the wire in place, starting at the small length of material that joins the wings together, and working from the back. I tried a whip stitch on one side, but decided it showed up too much. Tacking in two or three places worked as well, and didn’t show on the front, especially when I maneuvered an element of the garland over the stitches.
The next step is to disassemble the flowers, removing them from their stems and taking out the plastic bits that hold them together.
You now have several layers of petals, each with a hole in the middle. Poke the free end of the floral wire through the layers, and use the pliers to make another loop, large enough to keep the layers from falling off.
Finish up by gluing something decorative over the wire loop. I used a flower from the garland. Other things you might use: large spangles, flat jewels, pompoms, buttons, or stickers.
Now take your third flower and disassemble it. Cut another length of the wire garland and poke one end of it through the flower, and making a loop as you did with the other flowers. Secure this flower to the middle piece of the wings by winding the garland around and around it, tucking the end of the wire out of the way when you’re done.
That’s it! You have a very special set of wings for your little one.
Just one more note about embellishing wings. The things we used for this set are very lightweight, and the wires the flowers are on are relatively short. Using heavier items on the ends of the wires, or longer wires, may cause the wings to want to tilt backwards. If that happens, add a balancing length of wire to the bottom of the wings’ harness. It doesn’t have to be heavy, or very long—just extending the width of the harness with a loop of wire that rests against your child’s back will keep the wings from overbalancing.