DIY Floral Fairy Wings…

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For Amber’s birthday I wanted a super special costume for her, and I thought fairy wings covered in fake flowers with lace and crystals would be perfect for a fun photoshoot. These were a couple of quick pictures I took just to see what they were like on, I cannot wait to sort the rest of the costume and have our proper photoshoot!

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Here’s a little DIY if you fancy giving these a go yourself…

You will need:
3 wire coat hangers
Duct tape
Electrical tape
A pair of coloured tights
A pair of lace tights
Fake flowers
Glue gun
Thin elastic

Optional:
Hotfix gun
Hotfix crystals

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First take 2 of the hangers and twist two into a butterfly shape

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Tape together (duct tape would be better here) don’t worry about how neat you are here as this will all be covered. I also really struggled to get the wings completely symmetrical so either go for very thin wire hangers or be prepared to go for the rustic uneven look!

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Take the third hanger and twist the ends up and pull the hanger down and round the centre of the wings. Twist tightly and snip the excess hanger off.

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Cove up any sharp ends with electrical tape (the tape is a bit puffy so you can’t feel the sharp ends at all)

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Chop the tights at the crotch and pull down over one side of the wings, twisting back over in the middle to pull the tights tight against the frame. Knot to finish off, again don’t worry about how messy they are here.
Repeat this on the other side.

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Cut the ends off the lace tights and pull over the wire frame, knotting them together to finish off.

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Take your fake flowers and position on your wings with a glue gun. If going for an unsymtrical design like I did (to hide my slightly wonky wings!) Remember that could send the wings off-balance when wearing them, so try to balance out the weight somehow either side.

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Using a hotfix gun I glued a few crystals to add a subtle bit of sparkle. And I also managed to bend the wire a little more to even the wings out!

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Lastly measure out your desired elastic length and sew into position on the back.

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Enjoy being a flower fairy… I would love to see your creations if you give this a go!

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