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DIY Fairy Wings HOW-TO and BONUS Costume Essential

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No Fairy Wings...No problem! Threadbanger presents the first installation of Halloweeny Wednesdays teaching you how to make fairy wings from some old coat hangers and stockings. Time to Fly!


ok first off, i fracken loooooove fairies. i had a great time making these. it is really easy. just make sure you really tie them together well. take your time with it and they will be some of the most sturdy wings you've sported. they stay up much better then the mass made ones do and there is no elastic to cut the circulation of both your arms off, just beautiful ribbon.

you need:
four hangers that are of the exact measurements.
2 pairs of old tights. use to different colors if you want
2 and a half inch ribbon or just a bunch of smaller ones
water based glue
a little glitter
an old paint brush
a pair of pliers
and your scissors
 
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Step 1: Undoing the Hangers

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  • please be careful when working with hangers. make sure to hold them firmly when bending. or maybe you want to be a cyclopes for halloween. no seriously use caution.

firmly hold a hangers in one hand and use the other to twist the top apart.

Make the hanger as straight as possible. it helps to use a thick pair of pliers. there will be a little bit of curl at the ends where you took the hanger apart but on one end the curl is up higher. try to work the curl out of the one that is higher but it doesn't have to be perfect. the other end doesn't matter cause it won't be in the wing body.

Step 2: Shaping the Frame

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now take an end in each hand, and slightly bend the hanger so that the ends cross at the bottom. about 2 and half inches of overlap

bend the ends in so the wire catches on its self.

do this to the rest of the hangers.

then take the other two segments and shape them for the bottom half. again the pliers are useful at this point. you can shape them anyway you want. this was a really easy way. and i liked how it looked:)

take what ever thick string you are using and tie a reinforcement knot at the joint of each segment. bring the string through the middle of the wing segment so the string is equal on both sides and tie a knot down the middle of where to over lapping wire "V's".

now take one top piece and one bottom piece and place them together. one of the overlapping wires on the bottom segment should touch the outer part of the top segment. and visa versa.

use your twine to tie them together. take your time with this and make sure they are together very securely. wrap the twine diag, up around where the overlapping wire meets the outer part of each wing. tie a knot and cut remaining string. as i went around with the twine i also wrapped up the left over hanging string from the reinforcement knots so you can't see it and looks better.

Step 3: Making the Wings

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take a pair of your tights and pull one of the legs down over the bottom segment like you would if you were putting it on your foot. *if there are holes in your tights use a strong craft glue to fix them. just make sure what ever seam is created gets turned to the inside.*

pull the tights down so that they are fairly tight. don't worry about losing your wing shape you will fix them in a minute. once you have the tights pulled down to where you think they are tight enough, cut the other part of the tights off around the leg. you don't want to destroy the leftover tights. you want them to remain as intact as possible. remove the part of the tights you don't need. pull the foot part tight again over the bottom segment and tie a knot.

repeat to the top segment with the other foot of the tights.

put the remaining tights aside, they should be like capri tights now.

repeat all these steps to the other top and bottom segments.

Step 4: Makin the Straps

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position the two halves together so that the outer wire pokey things fit together nicely. use your twine to tie them together. take your time with this also. go round and round with the twine north, south, east, west...go all directions with the twine. pull it really tight. really be sure to cover up the overlapping wire. use your pliers if you need to to push the wire down in position.

take time to shape your wings and decide what you what side is going to be the back and which side will be against your back.

take out your ribbon and cut two long equal strands. i cut mine about

with ribbon one, pull it through the mid section of the wings so the ribbon the same length on both sides. tie a knot on the side of the wings that will be touching your back.

repeat with ribbon two.

slightly burn the edges of the ribbon so they don't fray. make sure the end of the ribbon is hard and dry before you set it down. only takes a couple of seconds to dry. but is super hot and gooey before it does so be careful.

Step 5: Decorating!!!

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next use your water based glue and paint brush to paint designs on your wings. only do little bits at a time and add glitter as you go along so the glue doesn't dry before you get to the glitter. i glittered the entire edge of the wings. not only does it help disquise the wire but reinforces the edges. you can also glue and glitter and spots on the tights that may have inperfections in them.

if glitter's not your thang, there are so many other things to embellish with...carefully sew in little bells, random strands of ribbon, feathers you've found, little crystals....that's the next pair i want to make. i just already had the glue/glitter and got the idea from the mass produced wings in the store and wanted to see how it would turn out. plus, i like sparkly.

Step 6: BONUS essential costume piece

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you can use your left over tights as a top and bottom.
take one of the pairs and cut the crotch out and you have your top. you put your head through the hole you cut and the what were the legs are now the arms. i used to do this in ballet...its a trade secret...haha no longer!
works great for halloween costumes that just are not warm enough for halloween night. i wish i would have know about this when i was a kid, then i wouldn't have had to were a turtle neck under my belly dancer costume. i looked funny:)

and you can use the other pair as regular tights still, just capri style...i like those better anyway.

i layered mine with a random black dress i have and used the ribbon in my hair and around my neck.

pixie costume for basically free...depending on what you have already.
in case you couldn't tell, i was way into this one. i intend to make many more pairs and in fact may have found my new calling:) recycled pixie wings for everyone!!
cannot wait to see yours!
miller.casandra87 made it!4 months ago

Thanks for your help

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shelly22642 years ago
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bcarrier3 years ago
I'm going insane with this. You're really helpful :) <3
Super sweet. :)

I love faeries too, in fact you can check out mtyInstructable on how to make mini-wings for teacup puppies: [http://Super sweet. :) HERE]

:)
im using this for halloween
Fecking Priceless video!!!
omg thank you. im gonna be a fairy for halloween and im making the whole thing myself. im using tulle and striped stockings. im gonna match my lil sis, who is pink and green and im purple and blue. :) again thanks.
Thanks so much for posting! We're having a faerie day in school on Wednesday to celebrate the spirit of spring. I know I have a couple of pairs of demented dance tights around the house some where!
serendipiti5 years ago
Thank you thank you!!!! just the ticket to add to my wonderful skirt! and your tights top trick is gonna make the making of the top half all the more easy! so Again THANK YOU Threadbanger!! Wonderful, straight forward and better than i had hoped to find Tutorial! 
emeraldjcm5 years ago
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I desperately needed diy pixie/ fairy wings I'll make these over the weekend for halloween 10/10!!!
ohmigosh those are so pretty. I was looking for some diy faerie wings and these are definately the easiest and prettiest.
lozzie_pie6 years ago
hey, omg, the wings are absolutely PERFECT!!!!! im going as an evil tinkerbell to the school disco, and i had all these images in my head of spray painting those crappy ones from $2 dollar shops and trying to hide the gross white elastic, then i came online and found this! AMAZING!!!
risu.risu6 years ago
Hey, can I send you a link to the wings I made from your tutorial? I am so happy with how they turned out. Lets just say I really like ribbon!
risu.risu6 years ago
OMIGOSH! I was searching for a really good tutorial!!!!! BINGO :D This is amazing, thank you so much, i neeeeeeeeeeeeed fairy wings. I am being a fairy, and what is a fairy without the wings :D
AliMaow7 years ago
the only bad thing about trying to make em is that its really sore lol any tips on how to soften the metal maybe??
wencar AliMaow6 years ago
if the p[roblems is the wire is digging into you try wrapping the pokey parts in floral tape first its easy to use and super cheapo to get at like walmart in the crafty area or other craft stores good luck...
Thank you so much I do need wings for Halloween, great instructions
lurv it!!!! yay fairys! :):):):) frickin gr8 idea
LoveToDIY7 years ago
Wow! This is so cool! I might have to be a fairy for Halloween. =) I also like the tights top idea. I'll have to try that!

Great job! 10/10
AliMaow7 years ago
They're flippin' gorgeous! i'm gonna try that now!!! cheers!