Post by Barbara Rucci
If there is ever a time that I wish my girls were still little, it’s when art-making and creative play magically come together. They would have loved these wings about ten years ago. And I bet they would have worn them to bed, too. (There were many years of sleeping in princess dresses and glitter shoes!)
I now live vicariously through the four and five-year olds I teach every week in my house. Their excitement over seeing these fairy wings out on the table was so genuine and real. How lucky for me that I get to experience this age all over again!
Today I am so happy to share these photos and instructions with you on how to make fairy wings.
Here we go…
How to Make Fairy Wings with Cardboard and Doilies
- Cardboard box
- Scissors (one for you to cut the cardboard, and then some small ones for the kids)
- X-acto knife (or other utility knife)
- Doilies in different sizes
- Watercolor paints
- Hole punch
- Start by finding a fairly large piece of cardboard. Our wings spanned 20 inches. It’s ok if there is a fold in the middle. In fact, this would be best.
2. Download this template for the wings (enlarging when you print). Or draw your own wings! You only have to draw one half. It’s really not as hard as you think.
3. If you do not have a natural fold in the middle, then you need to score the cardboard. This means running an x-acto knife along the side of a ruler, making sure to only cut the top layer of cardboard. This makes a perfectly straight line for folding.
Now it’s time for the kids to get to work! I gave each child their own set of doilies to choose from. I told them that they could cut the doilies to fit the shape of the wings if they wanted to, but they didn’t have to. It was up to them.
4. Next, they carefully squeezed little glue dots on the doilies and stuck them to the cardboard. All the while singing our glue song… a little dot’ll do it!
5. I asked the kids to adorn both sides with doilies. Depending on the age of your child, you can just let them paint the other side or leave it blank if it’s too much work.
6. When gluing was done, they began painting the doilies with watercolors.
(I think the kids could have spent even more time painting, they loved it so much and were really in the flow. But on this particular day, my son arrived home in the middle of class. He then became the main attraction for a good ten minutes! He is nine, and these girls just love him.)
7. After painting was complete, out came the glitter!
This is a completely optional step. I understand that glitter can be messy and it gets everywhere. Maybe if you have the option to go outside, you should. I let them use my very best Martha Stewart glitter because I just had a crazy moment. Sometimes I love to give the kids really good supplies and see the looks on their faces. They also tend to be super careful when they know it’s my very best supply.
8. When the wings were dry (for us it was the next class), I punched four holes through the cardboard. Two on each side, close to the middle fold. Then I tied some ribbon through the holes and around their shoulders. Voila! Fairy wings are complete.
I love the ethereal quality that the doilies provide. I also love that each child was able to create their own version so that they are all a bit different. I hope you make these fairy wings and add them to your child’s world of imaginary play!
About Barbara Rucci
Bar is a graphic designer, art teacher, and mom of three living in Connecticut. She loves to make stuff with her kids and write about it on Art Bar Blog.
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