Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Magical Fairy Wings

The theme for my daughter's 9th birthday party was a fairy tea party. For party favors she requested fairy wings for everyone. If you have a daughter between the ages of newborn and 20, you are probably familiar with fairy wings and how over priced they tend to be. So, I set out to make several sets of fairy wings for this party.

Supplies needed: assorted pliers, several white wire hangers (don't get the kind that are plastic coated, like I did, soooo difficult to bend), cheap knee-high hose, and electrical tape. Take a hanger and untwist it. Make it as straight as you can! You need 4 hangers and 2 packs of hose (2 hose in each pack) per pair of wings.

Bend the hangers in to the shapes that you want then use tape to secure them together.

After securing the 4 wings together, use more tape to make a secure brace. Then stretch out the hose and put them on over each of the wings. Twist the ends of the hose around the "brace" part. Now it's time to decorate!

I used cheap acrylic paints, spray glitter, glitter, ribbon, fabric glue, and resolve. The resolve was not for the wings though...needed that for the mess I made on the carpet because like a genius that is where I painted the wings.

I later added a glittery flower to the middle to cover the awkward brace part. After doing several of these I perfected my technique some but these photos are the ones that show the process! Here is the finished product...

Here are a few more that I did...

These wings are very doable on a cheap budget!! If you all ready have some craft supplies, old hose, tape, and hangers around the house then you're set! Pretty much zero cost! One last note, I ended up buying a roll of galvanized wire for the last couple sets. It is much easier to bend but it does take quite a bit more support to keep the wings steady.

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