You can make simple angel wings for your next costume. There are methods to make wings even if you have limited time, money, and crafting experience. Angel wings are perfect for a last-minute costume or for your child’s school play.
Table of Contents
- 1 Make paper plate angel wings
- 1.1 Gather your tools.
- 1.2 Draw a crescent moon on the paper plates.
- 1.3 Draw another half-moon on each plate.
- 1.4 Cut along the lines.
- 1.5 Line up the feathers.
- 1.6 Repeat on the other side.
- 1.7 Glue the feathers.
- 1.8 Attach a second plate.
- 1.9 Cut two long pieces of ribbon.
- 1.10 Attach the ribbon to the bottom plate.
- 1.11 Glue on a final plate.
- 1.12 Let the wings dry.
- 2 Making coffee filter angel wings
- 2.1 The base of your wings is made out of coffee filters and cardboard.
- 2.2 Draw the wing shapes on cardboard.
- 2.3 Cut out the wings
- 2.4 Punch holes in the cardboard for the bracelets.
- 2.5 Thread ribbon through the holes.
- 2.6 Fold the coffee filters in half.
- 2.7 Attach the filters.
- 2.8 Cover the outer edge of the wings.
- 2.9 Layer coffee filters over both sides of the wings.
- 2.10 Wait for the glue to dry.
- 3 Make wings out of feathers
Make paper plate angel wings
Gather your tools.
The base of your wings will be assembled from paper plates. You need a pack or around 20 plates. It’s not a bad idea to have a few extra plates on hand in case you make a mistake. You can use whatever color you want. You can also use plastic plates. You will also need: a felt pen or pencil scissors ribbon glue (hot glue gun or craft glue)
Draw a crescent moon on the paper plates.
Starting at the center of the top rim of your first paper plate, draw a curved line to the center of the bottom rim. The severed section should look like a crescent and be mostly the serrated portion of the plate. Repeat this drawing on 15 more plates.
Draw another half-moon on each plate.
The second crescent shape should exactly mirror the first. The second crescent should have the same starting and ending points. A football or eye shape should remain between the two divided sections.
Cut along the lines.
Cut out the crescent shapes and set them aside. These will be the feathers on your wings. The middle section can be thrown away.
Line up the feathers.
Line up eight of the paper plate feathers along one side of an entire paper plate. You can judge by eye where the feathers should be, but they should be close together. The edges of the feathers should all be facing down. Look at the whole plate and think of it as a clock face. Starting on the left, your first feather should be positioned around the 10 or 11 o’clock mark. The plate should be facing up or the way you would normally eat from it. It helps to position everything before you start gluing. The angle of the top spring should aim outward. The feathers that follow should gradually point further down and inward. The bottom feather should end at about the 8 o’clock mark.
Repeat on the other side.
Complete the same process with the remaining feathers. Starting on the right side, the top spring should be around the 1 or 2 o’clock mark. The last spring should stop around the 4 o’clock mark. Again, the angle of the top spring should aim slightly outward. The feathers that follow should gradually begin to point downward and inward.
Glue the feathers.
When you’re happy with how the paper plate springs look, you can glue them in place. It might be helpful to make small marks with a pen or pencil to remind you where the feathers start and end. Apply a drop of hot glue to the tip of each feather where it attaches to the base. Press all the feathers onto the inside of the whole paper plate. Put any visible spots of glue on the inside of the plate.
Attach a second plate.
Apply a thin line of glue down the center of the paper plate. This glue should be applied to the inside where the attached spring tips are exposed. Press a second plate onto the first to attach the springs.
Cut two long pieces of ribbon.
Each piece should be about 60cm long (or whatever length they need to be to slip comfortably over the wearer’s arms and shoulders). Use a gold or ornamented ribbon to add to the look
The top of the ribbons should start around the same area as the feathers. The bottom of the ribbons should end in about the same area as the feathers. Apply a small dot of glue to both ends to attach the straps to the plate.
Glue on a final plate.
Fasten the third plate over the second to hide the edges of the arm straps and for added security. Glue around the edge of the second plate and attach the third and final plate to it.
Let the wings dry.
When the glue has finished drying and cooling, the wings are ready to wear. Wait between 20 and 30 minutes for the glue to dry.
Making coffee filter angel wings
The base of your wings is made out of coffee filters and cardboard.
Use white round coffee filters or whatever you have around the house. There is no need to buy special coffee filters for your angel wings. Buy a whole box of coffee filters in case you need additional filters. You will also need: scraps of cardboard pen or pencil scissors craft glue ribbon or shoelaces
Draw the wing shapes on cardboard.
The cardboard can be any size you want. However, a good size would be from the chin to the lower back of the wearer. Look at pictures online for inspiration and draw your outline on the cardboard. Make the two wings as symmetrical as possible.
Cut out the wings
The cut should be straight and clean from the center countersink to the bottom peak. This forms the frame of your wings. Take the time to cut clean. Finally, cover the edges of the cardboard with coffee filters. If you cut an extra line in the cardboard or made a small mistake, don’t start over.
Punch holes in the cardboard for the bracelets.
You may need to experiment with where the holes should be by holding the wings against the wearer’s back. A hole should go about two inches below the top tip of one wing. The second should come four inches below the first hole. The other two holes for the second wing should be at the same height.
Thread ribbon through the holes.
You need four tapes, but you can also use two. The first strap forms an arm strap, attaching to both holes of a wing. The second strap should connect the two holes of the other wing together, forming a second arm strap. Tie the ties securely, making sure there is enough room for the wearer’s arm to fit through. Two straps attach the wings to your back. The third and fourth bands are used to attach the wings together. The third strap connects the top holes of both wings together and the last strap should connect the bottom holes of both wings. The last two bands are considerably shorter than the arm straps. Tie the ties to ensure the wings can slip over the wearer’s shoulders. Make sure the cardboard is visible from the front of the carrier.
Fold the coffee filters in half.
The number of coffee filters you need will vary depending on the size of your wings. You’ll need enough to cover the entire front and back with pleated filters. Spread the pleated filters out on the cardboard and play around with the design until it fits snugly. Experiment with folding multiple filters into a fold.
Attach the filters.
Glue a row of coffee filters to the inside of each wing. Glue the coffee filters to the front and back of the cardboard. This will allow the rounded edges to hang out on either side of the cardboard.
Cover the outer edge of the wings.
Starting at the bottom inside corner, slide a coffee filter over the edge of the cardboard. Position it so that half covers the front and half covers the back. Continue lining up the coffee filters in this fashion along the outer edge of the wing, overlapping them slightly until you reach the top inner corner.
Layer coffee filters over both sides of the wings.
Each layer should slightly overlap the previous one. The entire front and back should be covered with filters cut in half. Don’t worry if you can still see some cardboard on the outer edge of the wing.
Wait for the glue to dry.
Wait about thirty minutes for the glue to dry. Try on the wings when the glue is dry. Once dry, the wings are ready to be worn.
Make wings out of feathers
Gather your tools.
Browse thrift stores for used knitting needles. You need four to create the frame of the wings. This method requires you to go to a craft store to purchase a bag of feathers and craft wire (0.8-1.5mm diameter). You’ll also need the following: Discarded white t-shirts Hot glue gun Tape Scraps of cardboard Scissors Craft glue
Connect the knitting needles together.
You need to connect two knitting needles together to make the frame of a grand piano. Using a hot glue gun, connect two needles together at a slightly wider than 90-degree angle. Do the same with the other pair of knitting needles to make two wings. Allow the glue to dry and set for about 10 minutes before continuing. Make sure the frames are symmetrical before proceeding.
Wrap the frame with wire.
Wrap two pieces of wire around the frame. Use it to form small loops on the frame. The loops only need to be about an inch. The wire and loops will be used to attach the cardboard frame. You should attach the wire to the frame with the hot glue gun. If you have trouble attaching the wire at first, start taping as you wrap the wire. The glue and wires are covered at the end. There should be about eight loops per hook. That makes about sixteen loops for each wing.
Cut out the cardboard pieces.
Cut out four triangles for each wing. The triangles do not need to be the same size. It’s okay if there are spaces between the needles and the cardboard. The gaps are covered by the t-shirt and feathers. Try to make your triangles obtuse and isosceles to add to the wing shape. Be sure to match the four triangles you use for one wing with the four triangles for the other wing.
Attach the cardboard.
Lay out the cardboard triangles in a design you like before attaching them to the wire. Connect the cardboard triangles to each other and to the knitting needles using leftover wire. They need to be attached, but it’s okay if they dangle a bit. Eagle wings are a good base for your design. Especially look at the eagle wings in the extended folded position. Another option is to search angel wings online to see variations. The cardboard pieces do not need to look perfect or even. You will ultimately be covered!
Cover the frame.
Create a cover for your frame from an old, discarded t-shirt. Cut off the sleeves of the t-shirt and slip one over each wing. Use the hot glue gun to make sure your shirt highlights the frame’s design. You may have to cut your t-shirt open so it fits snugly.
Attach the feathers.
Attach the feathers to the t-shirt using either a hot glue gun or a glue stick. The key when attaching the springs is to make sure they face outwards. Also, for a clean look, they should all be pointing in the same direction.
Attach a ribbon.
To wear the wings, you need to attach straps that fit around the wearer’s arms and shoulders. Cut a strip of ribbon about 60 cm. Check the size before attaching it to a grand piano. Attach the bands with a hot glue gun to create an arm loop when they fit correctly. Attach the ties near the top of the wings, close to the wearer’s shoulder blades. Repeat the same process on the other wing. You can use a small strand of ribbon to tie the two ribbons together. This will attach the wings to your back and bring them close together.
Let the wings dry.
When the glue has finished drying and cooling, the wings are ready to wear. Wait about 20 to 30 minutes for the glue to dry.