Handmade Dress Up: DIY No Sew Iridescent Fairy Wings Tutorial

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Want to know how to make no sew fairy wings? Look no further! Kalleen is here to share her No Sew Iridescent Wings Tutorial! 

Hi there, I’m Kalleen from At Second Street. I am so excited to be part of this series. Dress-up’s are a big part of our home. I loved dressing up as a child and find so much joy in seeing my kids share that love. Even my nine year old boy still uses his imagination to be someone else. 

I hope you like this tutorial for iridescent fairy wings. 

I know you can buy wings for pretty cheap these days, but I’m picky and I wanted something more realistic. Something more Tinker-bell like and not so much butterfly. This is what I came up with for our costumes last year. 
In darker light they appear clear and in the sunlight they sparkle. 
They’re dramatic and fancy, yet sturdy and cheap to make. 
That you need to make them:
- Solid Galvanized Wire
-pliers or similar tool
- electrical tape or duck tape
- glue gun and glue sticks
- transparent gift wrap
-optional glitter paint
-paint brush
-elastic band ( you can use 1/2″ or 1″) length varies
I bought my wire at Walmart. I got the roll for $3.50. I was able to make three sets of wings and have a ton left over. You could use a wire hanger, but for this price why mess with that. 
making the wing frames:
Start by cutting four pieces of wire. Two pieces of the same length for your top wings and two of the same length for the bottom wings. The longer the wire is the bigger the wing it will make. 
Next cross over the ends of the wire and twist them.  You may need pliers to help. 
After twisting the ends, form the wire into a shape you like. I would have a clear image of the shape you want in front of you before you start. I googled fairy wings and found a few shapes I really liked.  
after shaping the wire wrap the twisted ends together with tape. 
Then wrap the top and the bottom pieces together with tape. It should feel sturdy when you are done.
Time to cover them in gift wrap. I bought mine at the dollar store and had enough in one roll to cover all three sets of wings. 
Cut a piece of the wrap just larger than one wing. 
The wrap is attached to the wing with hot glue. Run a small bead of hot glue all the way around one side of the wing. Then lay it on the cut piece of wrap. Trim the edges and repeat on the other side of the same wing. Then repeat the same process on all four wings. 
When I was finished I painted on some silver glitter paint. I tried to use strokes that simulated fair wings. You can skip the paint, I like the clear iridescent look as well. 
Next, I wrapped the center in ribbon.
I measured a strip of elastic to wrap around the shoulders and glued it to the center. 
Then I reinforced with another wrapping of ribbon and glue. 


That’s it, they are ready to wear. 

I only had to buy the wire wrap and paint.  I paid $6 for three sets of wings.

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