Whether it is for an office mixer, a night out with your friends, or even for the holidays, it pays to know how to make wings. You won’t believe how many different personalities you can be when you have several wings for costume. What’s great is that you can even make it a bonding activity between you and your kids, and then you can just set them aside for games and special occasions or random days when you feel like being playful.
To start this butterfly wing crafts project, you would have to secure a 14 gauge galvanized wire, some pliers, used nylon stockings or scrap textile, a needle with thread (preferably white), some markers or non-toxic paint and of course, wire cutters. These are common household items you might see lying around, so there’s no need to spend. However, if they are unavailable, you can improvise according to what you see fits.
Now, the first thing you must do is take out the wire and form individual wing parts. It is possible to do them simultaneously, but it may be more challenging for a first timer. Once you get four appropriately sized bulb or grain shaped wings, you can individually pinch their edges together using pliers so they don’t come loose. Just make sure to leave at least three inches of wire beyond the knot before you cut them, so you could piece every part (either by tying or taping them) and make it more stable.
Once you have the framework prepared, you can now play with the actual form of the wings so it does not come off bland. You can sharpen the tip, make it more rounded, or mould it. Then, you can dress each part up with your stockings and stitch them shut on the intersection part of the butterfly wings. When you’re finished with all four, you can cover up the intersection with more stockings, so that it becomes a thicker and heavier base.
You can now then move on to the most enjoyable part of the whole creation process, which is painting. Usually, it’s a free for all. But if you…