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How to Make Your Own Upcycled Children’s Fairy Wings

by Jean Van't Hul
June 23, 2011
Childrens fairy wings - Magical Upcycled Fairy Wings

Here’s my little flower fairy in the backyard wearing the magical childrens fairy wings that Maia and I made for her. We used contact paper and flower petals to upcycle a pair of torn fairy wings. Aren’t they beautiful?

Do you have an old set of fairy wings laying around the house? Chances are you have a set or two if you have a little girl in the house. And chances are they’re torn, as the nylon stocking material rips so easily.

You can repurpose your wings in just a few easy steps!


Childrens fairy wings - upcycle torn fairy wings

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Childrens fairy wings - wire fairy wing frame

Step 1 :: First remove the fabric and leave only the wire frame and arm bands.

Childrens fairy wings - contact paper on wire frame

Step 2 :: Then trim a piece of contact paper to fit each wing segment. Peel off the paper backing and lay the wire frame on top of it. Cut around the edges and leave approximately an extra ½ inch border.

Childrens fairy wings - contact paper on wire frame

Step 3 :: Now fold the extra border over the wire frame and repeat this step until each wing segment is covered with contact paper.

Childrens fairy wings - gather flower petals

Step 4 :: After this, collect flowers from your yard, park or store-bought bouquet. Leaves and transparent tissue paper bits are great options too!

Childrens fairy wings - flower petals on contact paper

Step 5 :: Next, begin to arrange the flower blossoms on the contact paper (sticky side up).

Childrens fairy wings - flowers on contact paper

Step 6 :: Then, cover the fairy wings with flower petals until you like how they look!

Childrens fairy wings - pressed flowers with contact paper

Step 7 :: Afterwards, lay a section of contact paper over the flowers (sticky side down). Use your hands to press and smooth the contact paper to the edges. Trim the paper so it is flush with the edges.

Childrens fairy wings - pressed flowers and contact paper suncatcher

Step 8 :: Finally, repeat Step 7 with each of the remaining wing segments.

Childrens fairy wings - upcycle suncatcher fairy wings

Step 9 :: At last let your little flower fairy try the wings on! (Note: Daphne wore these for all of 10 minutes then Maia wore them for the rest of the morning.)


Childrens fairy wings - flower suncatchers

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