Step 1: Gather You'll Supplies
- 2 8.5x11 craft foam sheets (get 'em at the dollar store)
- Mod Podge (or your other sealer of choice)
- Empty and clean large vinegar or milk container (or any large plastic container)
- Clamshell scissors (or exact-o knife and cutting board)
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- White Pleather
- Weldbond (or other white glue of your choice)
- thin paintbrush
- Black Acrylic/Craft Paint
- Optional: Needle, Thread, Thimble (or sewing machine)
Step 2: Seal Your Craft Foam
Step 3: Cut Out Wings (and Prep Pleather Wings)
You can make a template out of paper if you like, and trace it six times onto your materials, or just draw one wing on a piece of foam and use it as a template (and a wing).
I was able to fit two wings onto one piece of foam, and a wing on either side of a vinegar container (though it was a little small so I didn't have a complete wing).
The reason for doubling up on some of the pieces (and the purpose behind the plastic wing) is to give the wings a bit more bulk and durability.
Use clamshell scissors to cut out the plastic wings. If you don't have a pair of these scissors...get some! They are a valuable item to add to your itinerary and very useful on quests.
Thinking ahead, you'll need to attach your wings to things somehow, so at this point, you're going to take one left and one right pleather wing and attach some loops to them. Through these loops you can put shoelaces, wire, hair clips, the list is almost endless!
Taking some of your scrap, leftover pleather, cut out little rectangular pieces, and position them along the (good) side of your wings. Next sew (or glue if you do not have sewing materials) the two short sides of each of the rectangular pieces to the wings. Check the little illustrated diagrams to see exactly what I mean!
Step 4: Glue Wings Together
- Pleather Wing (good side out)
- Craft foam wing
- Plastic wing
- Craft foam wing
- Pleather wing
I glued my plastic and craft foam pieces together first (with hot glue) and then glued on the pleather wings (with Weldbond). I used both hot glue and white glue for the various sections of my wings, but I recommend using Weldbond for the entire project.
Step 5: Paint on Swirls
Seal your wings with Mod Podge.
Why all this sealing?! If you live in an area prone to rain, you want to make your projects somewhat waterproof (or at least water-resistant)
Step 6: Wear With Pride
An easy way to attach them to shoes is simply threading a shoelace through the back loops and tying them around your shoe. You can make a more complicated contraption of sorts if you like...like one seen in the diagram I drew.
Enjoy your wings!