Create Children’s Angel Wings

How to create children’s angel wings
You need
  • Cutting mat
  • Steel ruler
  • Needle with large eye
  • Pen/potlood
  • Large medium-weight cardboard box
  • 10 packs of white marabou feathers (20 per pack)
  • 8 packs of white quill feathers (12 per pack)
  • 2 packs of white craft feathers
  • 3m white marabou trim
  • 2 x 50cm lengths of 5mm wide elastic
  • 2 x bulldog clips
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
Step 1 8
Use pattern template to trace onto folded cardboard and cut

Enlarge the pattern template below and print it out at 172% so that the wing measures approximately 38cm across at its widest point. Then, create a double layer of cardboard by flattening the box along one of its existing creases and place the straight edge of the pattern against the fold. Draw round the pattern. Then, lay the cardboard onto a cutting mat and cut the shape out along the line marked, cutting through both layers simultaneously. Cut 1cm long slots at the positions marked for the elastic. It’s best to work with white cardboard cut out from a white cardboard box.

Step 2 8
Use a needle to thread elastic down on both sides

Open out the wings and lay them down so that the crease forms a mountain ^ rather than a valley fold v. Use the needle to thread one of the lengths of elastic down through one hole and up through the other on one of the wings. Knot the ends to secure them temporarily. Repeat on the second wing. The temporary knots can be undone when the wings are complete and the fit adjusted to suit size of the child.

Step 3 8
Using Dremel Glue Gun to glue marabou trim around edges

To hide the hard edge of the cardboard on the finished wings fit your Dremel high temperature Glue Gun 930 with a 7mm clear glue stick and glue the marabou trim around the edge of each wing, working on short sections at a time.

Step 4 8
Using Dremel Glue Gun to glue quill feathers to wings showing elastic

Place the wings down with the knotted elastic uppermost. Lay the pattern on top of one of the wings and use the bulldog clips to secure the template to the wing, matching the edges. Flip the wings over. Using the pattern extension as a guide and imagining the arrangement of a birds wing feathers, use the Dremel Glue Gun 930 and 7mm clear glue sticks to glue quill feathers that extend from the lower edge of the wing to complete the wing tip. Starting from the tip and working upwards glue the quills on to the wing with the upper surface of the feather uppermost, overlapping them so that they flow down towards the tip of the wing. Cover approximately three-quarters of the wing with quills. This side of the wing faces away from the child’s back.

Step 5 8
Cover the top section of the wing with craft feathers

Cover the top section of the wing with craft feathers, using your Dremel Glue Gun 930 and 7mm clear glue sticks gluing them face up but pointing downwards so that they overlap onto the quills. Work up towards the top of the wing until the downy parts of the craft feathers blend in with the marabou trim glued along the top edge.

Step 6 8
Glue quill feathers with Dremel Glue Gun to cover half the wing

Turn the wing over and remove the pattern. This side of the wing will be against the child’s back and represents the underside of a birds wing. Starting with quill feathers, glue a few in place positioning them so that they again extend below the lower edge of the cardboard and blend in with those on the rear. Cover approximately half the wing with quill feathers.

Step 7 8
Cover the remaining section of the wing with Marabou feathers

Cover the remaining section of the wing with marabou feathers for a soft downy effect similar to the underside of a bird’s wing. Use the Dremel Glue Gun 930 and 7mm clear glue sticks to glue the feathers rear face up but pointing downwards and overlapping the quill feathers. Work your way up towards the top of the wing concealing the fine shafts of the marabou feathers that are closest to the upper edge within the marabou trim. Repeat the whole process on the other wing, trying to mirror the placement of the feathers as far as possible to achieve a convincing pair of wings. Then, try the wings on the child and adjust the elastic to achieve the best fit.

Step 8 8
Template for angel wings

Template for angel wing. NOTE: At A4 size, the template must be increased by 172% to be the right size for a child.