How to make fairy wings

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DIY fairy wings are a great project if you want to add to your costume or just play dress up with your kids.

Nicki LaFoille shows you how to make fairy wings using standard cotton fabric, extra shiny fabric, stiff and elastic interface. It also provides a pattern to use, but explains how easy it is for you to draw your own if you want to create a different size.

DIY fairytale wings

Nicki begins by talking about the materials needed to make fairy wings. While the wings can basically be made and decorated with any type of fabric, you want the wings to have some stability so they stand up on their own when worn. Nicki explains that this has less to do with material choices and more to do with the interface. He shows what kind of interface he likes to use and explains why it’s a good choice.

Then, Nicki shows you how to cut out the pattern pieces and how to start assembling them. Both wings are assembled almost identically, until you have to join the two wings together.

It also shows you how to insert fleece into fabric wings, how to sew additional fabric ornaments onto fabric wings, and how to add elastic.

While DIY fairy wings are the perfect project for making a costume or dressing up, there are also many other fun DIY projects like Insta Dress and Rubber or DIY cactus pillow. Make sure you try them all!

How to make fairy wings

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Fairy wings are captivating, endearing and ethereal; there is something delicate and delicious about them on stage. They really know how to attract an audience and we’ve always wanted to be a couple, so we decided to create our own. In the blog we will talk about how we made our own custom fairy wings design, we would love to customize our wings for YOU!

This year 2017 NZ Hair And Beauty Expo; Create Agency had the privilege of turning one of Apollo Theatre Schools beautiful dancers, Ellyce Bisson into a stunning piece of art taking inspiration from the theme of ‘Flight’. It was a presentation and promotion before the presentation of the NZ Body Art Awards 2017, formerly the NZ Body Art Awards.

We invite you to step into our studio and get a feel for some of our pre-production processes and behind-the-scenes work. There is so much work going on behind the scenes that it never gets considered, hopefully this gives you an idea of ​​how much work we’ve put into the end result. In this blog we talk about the “Flight” process – How to make fairy wings.

Preparation is the key to success; we needed inspiration to start our preparations. As we were showcasing at a ‘Beauty’ expo, we decided to go with delicate and dainty, fairy styled wings. Considering our model is tiny, we thought this wing style and soft body paint style would be perfect. We always consider our role model when planning a body or costume painting, because ultimately they are the ones who present our work and play the role of the character we create.

Our second spark of inspiration came from the tissue box review we had in stock. We always try to use a few of the hundreds of pieces of fabric, costume trims, ribbons etc. first. we have in our studio. We found a beautiful transparent green / yellow material and the rest flowed from there. As this was a theatrical event we thought some form of lighting would really make our piece stand out!

Build the frame and the underwire for our doors

Things to think about:
We had to sit down and talk about which materials would be the best choice for these sails, they needed to be relatively sturdy but not heavy and they needed to be able to stand up on their own. We also had to think about how to attach the wings to our model so they don’t look bulky or get in the way of the body paint. We used the wire for the frame; it is light and strong. However, it can be floppy and won’t hold it’s shape, so to strengthen our wire we wound two threads to make one thick wire.

TIP: A quick way to do it – We gave both ends to one person who stuck both ends in the drill while the other person held a ring at the other end wrapped around a piece of wood, any strong material will be able to hold that end. We did this 7 times to make 7 rows of slightly different lengths. So we found the center of each strand and tied them together with duct tape.

Keeping the shape of the frame

The wire can’t hold itself up and stay in shape, perplex was the best option we could think of to create the segments between the wings framing, it is clear, flexible, strong and easy to cut. It was also light and strong. We unfolded the thread to create the shape of the wings and drew the segments of the wings on 1mm thick foam and cut them to shape.

These segments were then placed on a ruffled one and cut to size. To attach these jumbled segments to the wire, we used a hole punch around the sides that was to be attached to the wire and wrapped the ribbon with wire through the holes and around the wire frame. To hide the thread, we used a hot glue gun and some ribbon, then we wrapped the ribbon around the thread, gluing it along the way. We get it, our wings are ready to be forged but wait

Brainwave, what if we could turn on these wings !! Lights; they do everything better! This fairy wings would really have that ‘wow’ factor on stage!

The lights

Since there were two sets of fairy lights in our studio (oh, the treasures we found!), We secured the battery to the base of the wings (where we glued the wires together) with duct tape. We wanted the batteries to be available when we needed to replace them, so with that in mind we glued them as usual but then carefully finished along the hole to make sure the battery door could still open and close (using a craft knife).

The copper wire from the lamps was threaded through the wings using the previously drilled holes to thread the lamps in a crisscross pattern from each wing using the full length of the lamps’ copper wire.


The fun part; We experimented a lot with our fabric to find ways to add texture to the fabric using heat. We first tried heating the fabric with a lighter, letting it dry, this worked to some extent, but it was risky because the open flame easily burned holes in our fabric, which for some effects looked amazing, but they would have caught us our wings a much darker fairy tale. Since we just wanted to wrinkle the fabric, not burn it, we tried a hair dryer. A hairdryer simple wasn’t hot enough so out come the big guns, a heat gun. Thanks to the heat settings, we were able to control how much heat and how much it dries, preventing holes in our fabric and creating a nice texture.

TIP: When using something similar when your materials change shape / contract, do so BEFORE you cut the materials to size.

Our material is completely wrinkled and ready to be cut to size. To get the best out of the material, it’s a great idea to lay out all of the model materials on top like a puzzle so you can find the best way to line up all the segments without wasting tons of material.

We used ADOS spray contact adhesive by spraying both the perplex and the fabric waiting for both sides to dry, then placing the fabric over the perplex to cover it. As the embarrassment was clear and the fabric was transparent, a pleasant reflection of light appeared on the wings which enhanced the holographic look of the fabric.