Fairy wings are an essential component of any Halloween fairy costume, but can also be a fun accessory to add to your child's dress up trunk for everyday play time. Creating whimsical fairy wings may be accomplished in just a few steps with inexpensive items found around the house or available at a craft store. With artistic embellishments and an attention to detail, you can create authentic-looking fairy wings that your child will have fun wearing.
Create the wire wing frame. Cut two pieces of equal length of 16 gauge aluminium craft wire. Bend one piece into a "B" shape, making the bottom of the "B" larger than the top portion. Adjust the size of the "B" by using more or less wire, keeping in mind the size of the child who will be wearing the wings. Repeat for the other wing, making sure both wings are equivalent in size and shape.
Attach the two wings. Twist the ends of the "B" together leaving one inch of wire before clipping the excess with wire cutters. Repeat with the other wing. Twist the extra wire from each wing together to make one set of wings. Fasten with duct tape to secure.
Cover with tulle. Use spray adhesive on the wire to adhere the tulle fabric to each wing frame. Stretch the fabric so it is taut and secure on one side before gluing the second side.
Add embellishments. Use glitter spray to make the wings sparkle or attach a feather boa to the outline of the wings with hot glue for a funky fairy effect. Artificial flowers, rhinestones, feathers or ribbon may also be attached.
Attach ribbon to hold the wings in place on the child's back. Cut four lengths of ribbon, each measuring 2 feet. Sew one length of ribbon to the inside upper and lower sections of each wing. The ribbon attached to the upper section of the wing will go over the child's shoulder and tie to the ribbon from the lower section of the wing, that will go under the child's arm. Repeat with the other side.
Fairy wings may be any size, but are typically smaller than angel wings. Coat hangers may be used in place of craft wire. Pantyhose or a knee-high stocking may be used in place of tulle to cover the wire. Use clear thread to sew the tulle onto the wire for added durability.