How to Make Foam Anime Wings

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How to Make Foam Anime Wings
Craft foam comes in many colours, so you can customise your anime wings. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Japanese animation, or anime, is well-known for fantastical characters and settings. Some characters may even have wings, either attached to their bodies or as part of an outfit or costume. This is especially true for anime that is designed for girls, in which the main characters may have magical abilities and a cute appearance. You can make your own set of wings for a costume. Craft foam, which comes in flexible, lightweight sheets, is easy to work with and can be used to make a small, cute pair of wings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • 2 sheets of craft foam
  • White glue
  • Felt
  • Elastic
  • Feathers (optional)
  • Plastic gems (optional)
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • Foam paint (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Flowers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw a wing shape onto your piece of paper. Bird wings have a general "teardrop" shape, and anime wings tend to be fairly simple in shape. Look at pictures of winged characters for help with creating your shape. If you want butterfly wings instead of bird wings, use two patterns, one for the top and one for the bottom, and four sheets of foam rather than two.

  2. 2

    Cut out the pattern with scissors.

  3. 3

    Trace the pattern onto each sheet of craft foam with a ballpoint pen and cut the patterns out. If you are making butterfly wings, glue the tops to the bottoms, as well.

  4. 4

    Cut out two small felt rectangles. Put glue on one and attach it to the inner edge of each wing, essentially creating a hinge. It's best to use felt that's the same colour as your foam.

  5. 5

    Wrap the elastic around one of your shoulders in a loop. The loop should be snug without pinching. Tie the elastic in a knot to hold the loop together and cut off excess elastic. Make another loop that is the same size for your other shoulder. This is the harness for your wings that enables you to wear them.

  6. 6

    Glue the knot on each loop to the inner edge of each wing, close to where the felt rectangle is. Glue the other rectangle on top of the knots, securing them to your wings.

  7. 7

    Decorate your wings if desired, using items like feathers, plastic gems, glitter glue, foam paint, ribbon or flowers. Any item that is lightweight and easily glued is appropriate.

  8. 8

    Wait for the glue to dry completely before wearing your wings. Drying time will vary depending upon the type of glue you used.

Tips and warnings

  • For bigger, more elaborate wings, try layering the foam by gluing a smaller wing shape on top of a bigger one. You could also create a frame out of wire and glue many foam "feather" shapes to make large but still lightweight wings.
  • If you do not want the elastic straps to show, try using a large pin or brooch to pin the wings to your back instead.
  • Hot glue dries faster and is more secure than white glue, but it is a little more dangerous to use.

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