DIY Sparkly Butterfly or Fairy Wings
There are lots of reasons to make and wear sparkly butterfly or fairy wings. Of course Halloween is the most obvious one. In Germany there is carnival season in February or March. This is when we like to dress up and party a lot. Lately there are plenty of colorful and vibrant festivals in the summer time that scream DRESS-UP!!!
The lush greens of mother nature in summer, the smells and flowers make me start daydreaming about mythical creatures such as fairies and pixies right away. Of course sparkly fairy wings are a basic necessity for freethinkers and girls like me. We like to wear this sort of unusual stuff on a regular basic – no special occasion needed, lol.
- galvanized wire (2,5mm in diameter – I found mine in the garden center)
- pliers (pay attention that they are strong enough to cut your wire, else you won’t be having fun during this crafty project)
- pantyhose (a good way to recycle torn ones)
- duct tape
- spray paint (white, pink)
- acrylic paint (white, lavender, silver sparkles)
- paint brush
- incense stick and a lighter
- painters tray (I used old ice cream cups, though)
- rubber gloves (My manicure looks a mess as I forgot to put them on, again!!)
- silk flowers
How to make sparkly fairy wings – 3 easy steps
1. Shaping and Coverage:
Cut two longer and two slightly shorter pieces of wire and bend them into wing shape. Try and make a set of two equal ones. But keep cool – they don’t need to be absolutely symmetrical – nature isn’t either! 😉
Pro-Tip by Habiba:
You might want to pay attention to the width of your wings, so you will manage to pass through doors without having to turn sideways, duh! Because, been there, done that!
Using duct tape you’ll attach the left and right upper wings together and do the same with the lower wings. Pay attention that you cover all the sharp ends so the pantyhose won’t tear later.
Pull the pantyhose tightly over one side of your wire wings and fix in the middle with duct tape. Continue over the other side of your set of matching wings. Pull tight again and make a knot into the panty hose. Cut tightly to the knot. Repeat with the lower set of wings.
In this project I used a fish net pantyhose. But I’ve already done several others for Halloween (a group of butterflies we were) using regular black pantyhose. This way you’ll have more decoration options. I’ll go find the photos and write a how to for you soon.
2. Structure and Sparkle:
Now it’s time to bring some life and structure into those gorgeous sparkly fairy wings:
- I bent them a little into shape so they looked more 3D instead of very flat.
- I used a incense stick and burned a pattern into the pantyhose. In this project I decided to do that after I painted – not a good decision. You might want to do it before! Also fish nets get a bit fuzzy when burning wholes in them. Regular pantyhose work perfect!!
- I was going to spray the wings white and add a little pink and lavender details with a brush and acrylic paint. BUT, my white spray paint died on me before I was done…so change of plans: I sprayed them pink and worked in some structure with white and lavender acrylic paint. And obviously sparkle!
- I didn’t give it much time to dry as I was on a tight schedule and it worked good: I worked clockwise and once I was done with one round of paint, I started the next. I used an almost dry brush with very little paint, though.
- Last layer of paint was ✨ SPARKLES ✨. I applied it heavily because a girl like me needs LOTS.OF.SPARKLE.
- Now they need to dry. No speeding up this process, sorry!…well maybe you could use a hairdryer.
For best outcome:
apply paint and sparkle on back and front of your wings.
3. Assembly and Decoration:
Using the duct tape you’ll tape the upper and lower set of wings together. After that’s done you can work on the shape of your sparkly fairy wings. You can bend them some more in various directions so it looks as if the wings where in motion instead of static. If you do so the wings won’t be touching each other and the details of each wing will be more noticeable.
Cover the duct tape with ribbon and fix the silk flowers to the center part of your almost done fairy wings. You could use various kinds of ribbon and let long strands hang loose. Maybe you’ll find some sparkly ribbon, too?
Now strap on your wings and fly!
You’ll strap on your sparkly fairy wings with two long strands of ribbon. Place your wings on your back and pass the ribbon over your shoulder (from back to front), pass them under your arms and tie them in your back. Wiggle about and see if they are tight enough for your first flight. Safety first, you guys 😉
The more fairies, the merrier
Don’t forget to save this tutorial and share it with your friends. You could even plan a crafternoon and make your wings together. I sure would love to join you for this adventure!
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