Just recently, while ‘minding’ my grandchildren, the dreaded ‘Book Week’ parade came up and one of the girls wanted to be ‘Lily – The Littlest Angel’ (Elizabeth Pulford) so I had to make some Angel Wings. I posted about it on instagram and I had a few requests for a tutorial, so here we go! Let’s make Angel Wings!
I thought I would use some paper plates and some feathers …
have you ever tried feathers? They quickly spread small particles into the air and this Nanny said “NO WAY!”
So now we were left with just paper plates! (and yes, it was the night before!!!)
So I cut one in half to make the top of the wings
and used a single plate to be the foundation
I then cut some plates like this
and arranged them on each side
When I was happy with the look, I stapled each to the foundation plate (note how I had the plates facing right side out) I stapled from the under side so that the smooth part of the staple would be on her back.
I used packaging tape to secure a length of elastic across the foundation plate at about the level of the 3rd plate down and pushed the ends through a slit made with a sharp knife on the foundation plate. (I apologise that I dont have a photo of this step)
I then glued a full plate over the top so no sharp staple ends were visible or able to cause damage to small fingers and no elastic was visible.
I then tied the elastic ends together and my little angel slipped each arm through the elastic so that the elastic went across her back and around each shoulder .
I then simply threaded her belt through both ‘armholes’ of elastic and tied it at the front of her costume. This meant the wings could be easily removed at school if necessary for toileting or play.
A simple halo of gold tinsel and we were done!
Book Week costumes? Not a problem – Just ask Nanny!!
Did you get caught up making costumes too? How did you go?
Until next time