How to make angel wings

Updated November 21, 2016

No angel costume, regardless of the occasion, is complete without a set of angel wings. Making your own angel wings is simple, and following design steps will provide you with a set of lightweight, feathery wings whose size can be modified to fit both your costume and your body size. However, if you choose to make angel wings, plan ahead because it can be a somewhat time-consuming project.

Draw a wing shape with a curved top and pointy bottom onto your foam board, then draw the same shape about 5 cm (2 inches) inside the first shape. For most adults, 90 cm (3 feet) is a manageable height for a large pair of wings.

Cut out the wing shape, including the centre piece, to create a foam board frame for your wing.

Lay your mesh fabric over the foam board wing frame so that the frame is covered completely. Glue the fabric in place, then trim any excess.

Starting at the pointy tip of the wing, begin sewing feathers to the mesh fabric individually. Work your way up the wing frame, sewing feathers in rows about 7.5 cm (3 inches) apart.

Sew or glue feathers around the outside edge to cover the foam board frame.

Use the tape measure to measure from the middle of your back in between your shoulder blades, over your shoulder and around to the back again. Cut two pieces of elastic or wide ribbon this length.

Sew the ends of the elastic or ribbon about 7.5 cm (3 inches) apart toward the centre of the inside edge of your wings to create a halter so they can be taken on and off. Alternatively, if you don't wish to remove them, you can sew them to the main body of your costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam board
  • Marker
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Stretchy mesh fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle & thread
  • Feathers
  • 25 mm (1 inch) elastic or wide ribbon
  • Tape measure
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