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DIY fabric angel wings for every day.

how to make fabric angel wingsMy angel wings compulsion continues, and angel wings images loom in my imagination with increased fervor. Since Christmas time just passed by with its abundant angel symbolism, I decided to create my second DIY blog: DIY fabric angel wings.

Such a tidy excuse. As if I needed one.

This time they are on a much smaller scale (see my angel wing wall hanging here) and are made of iridescent fabric, white felt, Pellon® 808 iron-on backing, ribbon, and hot glue. If you can, a bit of sewing can be added, which gives an attractive outline, although the hot glue gun or a spray-on adhesive also work.

iridescent fabric angel wings

Iridescent fabric with its aurora borealis shimmer is a perfect look for the angel wings.

How to make angel wings with fabric

The first step is to iron on the backing to your fabric. It’s easy to find iridescent fabric; I found two types and bought more than I needed. The backing not only makes the fabric stiffer, but keeps the lightweight fabric from fraying.

How to make fabric angel wings

Once the fabric adheres to the Pellon (follow the Pellon directions), you can cut out the angel wing shapes. Try using these designs, or create or find your own. Because I used a black sharpie, I drew on the Pellon iron-backing side where the ink didn’t run. You can cut out multiples of angel wings this way.

DIY angel wings with Pellon and fabric

Draw around your wing pattern on the Pellon iron-on backing side after you’re finished ironing to iridescent fabric.

Don’t forget to either flip over your individual wing, or create a matching set, when cutting them out!

One piece felt back for angel wings

White felt serves as a sturdy back to the angel wings decoration.

Because my wings were single wings, I had to figure out a way to connect them. I did this easily enough with the felt back. By placing the wings on the felt as a matched pair, you can trace around them and cut out a solid felt back.

How to sew angel wings

The most difficult part was the sewing. I used a metallic silver thread. I began where the wings connect, because that’s where the ribbon will be attached and hide what’s beneath. This attaches the felt to your iridescent/Pellon front, making the wings much sturdier. Just sew all the way around, carefully sewing up into the wing for several stitches, creating a “feather” effect.

You can avoid all sewing by simply using fabric glue, a spray-on adhesive, or a hot glue gun to adhere the felt back to the iridescent/Pellon fabric. For embellishments, try gluing on added rhinestones, or highlight by gluing on sparkles. (For this, it’s best to use Elmer’s Blue Gel glue because it dries clear.)

Angel wing craft with ribbon

Fabric ribbons glued to back of angel wings.

Add ribbon to angel wings

Sparkly ribbon to hang your angel wing decorations.

Adding ribbon to hang your ornament is the final touch. You can get fancy and glue even more ribbon onto the back. I tore off long stretches of a satin-like fabric for a vintage feel.

angel wings magnets

Angel wing magnets with gauze for added charm.

Because I am angel-wing obsessed and couldn’t stop, I made angel wing picture magnets.

DIY angel wings with candles

Angel wing candle decorations are easily detachable.

For gifts, I wanted to attach the angel wings to candles. So I fixed a circle of elastic to the back of the wings by hot-gluing on snaps. This way, the elastic can be easily removed from the angel wings for hanging later.

Angel wing gifts are perfect year round for christenings, baptisms, weddings, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, in memory of a loved one, and just because! Have fun making your own unique angel wings creations.

Feel free to leave me a comment below if you have any questions.

DIY Angel Wings in Tarnished Silver

diy angel wings

The inspiration which led me to this DIY angel wings project begins with faith, intersects with an angel named Henry, and ends with an obsession akin to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where Richard Dreyfuss’s character exhibits a compulsive mountain-building that grows serious with the mashed potatoes.

My angel wing preoccupation has yet to reach such heights – or depths.

Use recycled materials to create your own angel wings.

Begin with corrugated cardboard. Artist Steven Eichenberger lists the brilliant reasons to work with this medium for his equally brilliant paintings.

diy angel wings

Testing out feather size.

Finding a large enough piece to accommodate your desired size could require some resourcefulness. Check with local stores; a BJ’s employee was just about to break some down when I spotted him.

Determine the overall size, largely based on where you will place your wings, and sketch out a form. I used the angel wing platter from my children to help me with the general shape. There’s a similar DIY angel wings project on Crafty Butt’s blog, where she stains her wings to look like wood, with terrific results.

diy angel wings

Sketching feathers out for idea of size.

To determine the size of your individual feathers, you might wish to first draw a rough idea of what you envision them to look like on the wing. I ended up using several sizes. The very top layer is the smallest. The bottom portion has slender, longer feathers.

For the cutting, I used an extra-large pair of scissors. You could also use an exacto knife, but it may require many blade changes. However, your hands won’t be as tired as mine were.

diy angel wingsI placed all the feathers on one of the wings with tape before gluing them with a hot glue gun. This way I could easily make numerous adjustments. I began layering the feathers on the outer part of the wing and worked inwards. The most difficult part here is in making the second wing reflect the first.

diy angel wings

Paper mache your wings.

Once the feathers are secure, I mixed up a batch of paper mache using one part flour and five parts water. First mix one cup flour with one cup of water. Boil the remaining four cups of water and add the flour mixture. Stir for 2-3 minutes.

You can tear strips of newspaper, or cut old, thin paper bags, like I did. The tricky part is keeping the definition of the feathers. Because of the nature of corrugated cardboard, this is a necessary step that hides the holes in the edges of your feathers.

diy angel wings

The wing on the right has paper mache.

As I worked, I added more water when the mixture thickened too much. Because I ended up adding a second layer of cardboard to the wings to strengthen them (by gluing on another large piece of cardboard to the back), the paper mache served as a perfect edge disguise.

How to paint your DIY angel wings.

Once this dries – at least one day later – the painting begins! First, you must seal the cardboard with a layer of acrylic, such as a varnish, to render it waterproof. Then, you paint it with your base color. I used graphite gray.

After the base coat dries, and you have thoroughly checked to be sure all the nooks are painted, you can paint the top coat. I mixed metallic silver with a glaze, 1 to 1. The recommended application method is called “slip-slap,” applying the shiny silver paint with a brush in a back-and-forth manner, leaving the recesses dark.

Do this in small sections. Quickly, before it dries, you then remove/mottle it with a bunched up plastic bag. Experiment with this technique in a small area to see how much you want to remove with the plastic bag.

The shiny silver over darker gray gives the angel wings a tarnished silver appearance, exactly what I was looking for.

diy angel wingsNow to find the right hanging utensil. These will go on the wall over our bed, despite what my husband first said when I told him what I was making.

“Aren’t they going to be too heavy?” he asked, thinking I would be wearing them.

I’ll stick with t-shirt appliques for my wardrobe, thank you very much.