How to Make Paper Fairy Wings

Updated February 21, 2017

It is fun to make costumes for kids, whether it's for a special occasion such as Halloween or just to play dress up during playtime. Little girls often enjoy pretending to be fanciful creatures such as fairies, but buying wings for a fairy costume can be a bit pricey. If you make your own fairy wings, you can customise them to exactly the design your child wants and allow her to help with the project.

Draw the outline of one wing on a piece of paper approximately the size you will need. Hold it against the back of the person who will wear the wings to make sure it is not too small nor too big.

Cut out the wing pattern and place it on the oak tag. Trace around the cutout on the oak tag. Cut out the wing from the oak tag. This will be the pattern for the wings.

Measure and cut the wire with wire cutters into strips 2 to 4 feet long for children or 6 to 9 feet for adults. Twist the wire into a figure eight. This is best done by twisting together the ends of a piece of wire in a circle. Twist the top part in one direction and the bottom in the other. Twist in the centre a few times for strength. This is the base for the wings.

Lay the oak tag pattern on the tissue paper and cut out four layers of paper at the same time to form covers for the wings.

Decorate the fairy wings. Use the white glue to attach sequins or other embellishments to the wings, and add details with paint. Allow everything to dry overnight.

Lay two pieces of the decorated tissue paper on the table. Use the hot glue gun to put a layer of glue all around the figure eight wire and place it sideways on top of the two decorated wings. Allow the wings to dry for about two hours.

Cut off any excess paper, leaving about one-half inch all the way around to cover the side of the wire. Use the hot glue gun and glue half-inch of paper to the exposed sides of the wire.

Put another layer of glue on the top of the figure eight and place the top wings on the wire frame. Let the hot glue dry for two hours. Trim all the excess paper.

Cut a 5-inch wide piece of tissue paper about one inch longer than the wings and roll it into a thin cylindrical shape. Glue the cylinder onto the centre of the wings to form a spine.

Cut the fabric hook-and-loop fasteners into two strips about 36 inches long. Cut two pieces of hook-and-loop fasteners about 2 inches and 10 inches long.

Fasten and attach the 10-inch long strips to the back of the wings using double-sided tape on the back. Repeat this on the other wing. Position the 36-inch strips of hook-and-loop fasteners so they can be crisscrossed and stay attached to the wings.


Never allow the hook-and-loop fasteners to come up near someone's throat.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • 2 pieces of oak tag
  • Scissors
  • 32-gauge florist’s wire for each pair of wings
  • Measuring tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Roll of florist’s tissue paper
  • White glue
  • Puffy paints, sequins, buttons, ribbons
  • Roll of fabric hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Double sided tape
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About the Author

Based in New York, Mary Gonzales has been writing computer- and technology-related articles since 1995. Her work has appeared in “Tech Trends” and “Mac Tips” magazines. Gonzales received the Lilly M. Fuchs Literary Award in 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer programming from New York University.