Introduction: Simple Wings (and Flying Instructions)

I've always wanted to be able to fly so maybe making these for my kids was me living vicariously through them. The best part was surprising them in the middle of an adventure story. If you are wanting to make some ordinary magic happen then this is a pretty inexpensive and easy (if you have good pliers) project.

Take a look at our build video for context and inspiration before getting your Maker Hat on, collecting the supplies, and whipping out some wings!

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Just so you know... the links above are affiliate links so I will make something like 4% if you purchase anything. It isn't much but it allows us to eat out every once in a while and if it helps you get those supplies quicker then great!

Step 1: Wingify a Wire Hanger

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Good ol' wire hangers. It was surprisingly difficult to find wire hangers in my own closet. When did I transition to all plastic? It's probably because I am always making things from the wire ones. I actually had to go out and buy some but they were pretty inexpensive.

You can take a look at the picture I included to get an idea of the shape I made for fairy wings and dragon wings.

One thing to keep in mind when you do this step is that you will want to leave about two to three inches of extra wire sticking out where you have twisted the ends together. This will come in handy when you combine the two wings in step 3.

Step 2: Cover With Kid-Sized Tights

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Once you get the wings bent together, put the tights on over them and then readjust the wires. Keep working with the wings to make the shapes mirror images.

Step 3: Fuse the Two Wings

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Use the extra wire sticking out from step 1 and combine the two wings. This was honestly the most challenging part for me but I kept twisting them together and before long the two were fused.

Step 4: Add Magical Coloring

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Use your creativity to bring the wings to life. If you are doing this with your kids you could let them go wild with colors.

Step 5: Fashion Arm Holes

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Use your scissors to cut two arm holes in the excess at the waistline of the tights and test them out on your kid. The waistline of tights usually have some reinforcement (or so my wife tells me) so that the holes will not continue to rip too much. Ours took some adjusting but before long those kids will be running away with their wings.

Step 6: Let Your Imagination Soar

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The best part of making these is getting creative with your imagination. My 2-year-old began flapping around without any coaching and you can see how her "flying" soon turned into a workout for me. To see that and more join our family in this build video as we act out an adventure in which these wings save the day!

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Thanks for joining us in this adventure! If you enjoy spending time with your kids and would appreciate fresh ideas and inspiration weekly, consider subscribing to my youtube channel where I do a weekly project with my own kids. I would love to have you join our family!

Blessings, Caleb

Comments

IrishAG (author)2017-09-14

Aaaw! I will have to make some of these for my little cousins... and for myself. :)

<3 , IrishAG

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