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How to Make Fairy Wings

Updated on September 26, 2017
Fairy costume.  Wire hanger wings (hard to see sorry), sheer shimmer stockings, brown boots, flowy dress, and whimsical accessories.
Fairy costume. Wire hanger wings (hard to see sorry), sheer shimmer stockings, brown boots, flowy dress, and whimsical accessories.

Here's another craft project I enjoyed doing when I was younger. It is very simple, pretty, and perfect for a last minute costume that doesn't look last minute.

In fact, I threw together a costume using these wire hanger wings for a costume party I was invited too and actually received a lot of compliments (mainly for my headpiece, but still). I also made a pair of these for a friend as a last minute costume and she loved them so much she kept them for awhile, as far as I know she may still have them.

A fairy costume is not so hard to put together; a pretty dress, whimsical accessories, glittery makeup, maybe a hair piece...but no fairy costume is complete without fairy wings!

So here's how I've made my fairy wings in the past, as well as some resources around the web on other ways to make fairy wings and other crafts you can do with wire hangers.

I hope you enjoy--and as always, please feel free to share!

The above video is how I learned to make my wings, so I think it's very good. If you're a crafty person, Threadbanger's other videos are worth a look.

Wire Hanger Fairy Wings

What You'll Need

  • At least 2 wire hangers (1 for each wing. My pair had only two wings, my friends had 4, I've seen wings done with as many as 8, you decide how many you want to make)
  • At least 1 pair of stockings (1 pair for every pair of wings)
  • Wire cutters
  • Duct Tape
  • Pliers
  • Pen/Pencil & Paper
  • Thick Ribbon
  • Needle & Thread
  • (optional) Glue and glitter or glitter glue

To Make Wings

Sketch out the fairy wing design you want to make. Use colour too, to get a clear idea of what you'd like it to look like. You could skip this step, but doing this will really help guide you throughout the rest of the process.

Take your wire hangers, unravel them and straighten them out. You may have to use your pliers to accomplish this, depending on how thick the wire is.

Bend wire hangers into the shapes you need and twist ends with pliers, make sure there is enough wire left over that you can tie the wings together.

Cut off pant part of stockings.

Stretch stockings over wire frames and pull so they are taut, but not so tight that they can rip from the pressure.

Duct tape stocking down to the ends of wire and cut off excess.

Once all wings are ready, arrange them in the way you want them to look. Duct tape all together one side at a time. Then wrap some excess stocking around the center and secure with needle and thread to hide the duct tape.

Cut ribbon into two (or more) strips for the straps and sew them on to the wrapped stocking center of the wings.

You could add some sort of decorative element like ribbon, bows, flowers, or sew on fabric to cover up the knotty center if it bothers you.

You could wear the wings as is, or add glitter glue to create designs.

Let dry and have fun!

Safe Cellophane Wings

Decorative Wire Wings

Other Ways to Make Fairy Wings

Cellophane Fairy Wings - Use wire hangers and cellophane to create beautiful, intricate fairy wings.

Light Up Fairy Wings - This tutorial uses EL Wire to create no-sew fairy wings that light up. Super cool!

Cardboard Fairy Wings - This is a more kid friendly fairy wing project if you are working with little ones.

Fairy costume.  I made my fingerless gloves and necklace with excess material from the stockings I used for the wings.
Fairy costume. I made my fingerless gloves and necklace with excess material from the stockings I used for the wings.

Fairy Makeup

Complete Your Fairy Costume

Fairy Dust Necklace

What's a fairy without his/her magic fairy dust? Learn how to make a simple, yet awesome, fairy dust necklace in my other hub!

Floral Hair Clips

In my fairy dust necklace hub I talk about how to make a floral headdress, like the one I'm wearing. If you don't want to make or wear a full on headdress you can braid fake (or real) flowers or foliage in your hair for a fairy look. Or you can hot glue fake flowers and accents (such as ribbon and lace) to metal hair clips.

Fairy Jewelry

Use the excess stocking material you have from your wings to make jewelry like the piece I'm wearing. Pull extra material into long strips and string on pearls in various patterns. These make really pretty necklaces and bracelets you can wear for your costume or every day.

Fingerless Gloves

You can also use the excess material to make fingerless gloves. Just cut tubes form the excess and ad a slit for your thumbs.

Fairy Makeup and Nails

With fairy costumes, you can either go pretty and natural like I did or super dramatic and awesome like the video I posted. Either way it's a great idea to incorporate glitter, shimmer, colours that match or compliment your costume, and maybe even some rhinestones or other such accents.

When it comes to your nails I really suggest shimmer, glitter, and matching colours. They don't have to be too decorative though, that may detract from your costume.

Fairy Clothes

When selecting the body of your costume try picking a dress with light, flowy material (of course this all depends on the kind of fairy you're dressing up as--I'm thinking more of a nature fairy sprite). You can also buy fabric at a craft store and wear it toga style for your fairy costume.

Sheer, shimmery, lacey, or nude stockings are all very pretty choices. Go for dainty shoes or feminine woodland boots.

Fairy Purse

For a quick fairy purse to carry your stuff, start by cutting a circle piece of fabric, it doesn't have to be very big--but it needs to be big enough that all the things you need to carry fit in the center with some extra space. Then, cut small evenly spaced slits at least and inch (inch and a half if you plan to hem) from the edge of the circle. Weave cord or ribbon through the slits and tie the ends. Put your stuff in the middle and pull the ribbon/cord to close the bag.

Check out more fairy costume stuff on my Pinterest board, Fairy Costume.

Wire Hanger Christmas Tree

Wire Hanger Ghost

Other Wire Hanger Crafts

If you're looking to just get rid of your wire hangers in a creative way, try out some of these project ideas.

Wire Hanger Wreath - Create a beautiful holiday wreath with your wire hanger. I've also seen this done with bows instead of ornaments, you could probably use lots of different materials to make wreaths for any time of the year.

Wire Hanger Word Art - Simple craft project to add some spunk to your home d├ęcor.

Shoe Hanger - Wire hangers are notorious when it comes to clothes, but no one said anything about flats, heels, and sandals! This could be a nice space saver if you have a lot of hanging room and a lot of shoes.

As a side note, I did something similar to the wire hanger ghost video on the right to make large dolls for a Christmas show at my church. You can adjust the design to create characters that suit any holiday, not just spooky ghosts for Halloween.

Fairy wing border by Samantha Harris
Fairy wing border by Samantha Harris


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      Maribel Forayo 18 months ago from Philippines

      The safe cellophane wings video attracted me the most. I will be watching that for sure.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful, adorable and very creative. I always know I will be greeted with beauty every time I visit your hub, including this one. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!