Here’s another festival costume DIY idea for you. Today I’m going to show you how to make these pretty costume wings so you too can flutter around a festival – if that’s what you fancy. This one is slightly more complex than the Bow Headdress but still fairly simple if you follow these steps…
Here’s what you need:
- Two wire coat hangers
- Stretch fabric
- Feathers and ribbon for decoration
- Thin elastic
- Plastic tape
- Sewing machine
- A needle and thread
Step 1 – Mould both of your wire coat hangers into your desired wing shape and twist the ends together so they don’t come apart. Then tape the middle ends together tightly with your plastic tape, covering up any sharp edges.
Step 2 – Make some arm loops by looping your piece of elastic around your shoulder and measuring it to the correct size so it will comfortably hold your wings into position on your back. Cut two lengths, the same size and tie them both onto the middle section of your wings.
Step 3 – Fold your stretch fabric in half and place one of your wings on-top. Cut a square of fabric roughly the same size of your wing, and do the same for the other side. Sew along two open sides of your squares on the sewing machine. Leave only one side open so you are able to slide your wire wings into them like pockets.
Step 4 – Once the wing is fitted inside your fabric square, stretch your fabric tightly over the wing and scrunch it all together at the middle. Tie it into place tightly with a length of string or wool. Repeat on the other side.
Step 5 – Neaten up the middle section by wrapping over the loose remaining fabric. Pin it into place whilst you sew up the edges with a needle and thread.
Step 6 – Is the fun part! Use feathers and ribbon and whatever else takes your fancy to decorate the middle of your wings. I sprayed my feathers gold (obviously!) and tied them on with two different types of ribbon, but your can use your creative license here, anything goes so have fun!