Here's my little flower fairy in the backyard, wearing the wings that Maia and I made for her. Aren't they beautiful? We used contact paper and flower petals to revamp an old set of torn fairy wings.
Here's the tutorial that I promised yesterday:
1. Find a set of fairy or butterfly wings that are falling apart. 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. (If they're not torn yet, save this tutorial for when they do!)
2. Cut off the fabric, leaving the wire frame and arm bands.
3. Cut a piece of contact paper to fit each wing segment, leaving half an inch or so to fold over the wire frame. (I found it easiest to just cut a big square, pull off the paper backing, lay the wire frame on top, then cut around it.)
4. Continue until each segment of the wings are covered with the contact paper.
5. Collect flowers from your yard, park, or store-bought bouquet. Leaves would work well, too.
6. Arrange flower blossoms on the sticky contact paper.
7. Continue until the wings are covered with flower petals and you are satisfied with how they look.
8. Cut a piece of contact paper to cover a wing segment. Lay over flowers, sticky side down, and use hands to smooth and press the contact paper to the wing. Trim flush with the edge.
9. Continue with the rest of the wing segments.
10. 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.)
Do you have a pair of old or torn wings you could use for this project?