How to make fairy wings for kids

DIY fairy wings

My girls love fairies so during the summer holidays we made our own fairy wings. Both my toddler and 5 year old enjoyed this simple craft and were able to do most of it with minimal help from me. What’s more, not only did they enjoy making these wings but they loved wearing them too such as when we visited a fairy trail the following day. They could also be butterfly wings. Read on to find out how to make fairy wings for kids below. Find more summer art activities here.

Fairy Wings Craft

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How to make fairy wings

How to make fairy wings with kids

This is a really fun way to make DIY fairy wings for kids. You can also follow these steps to make butterfly wings so we could have called this how to make butterfly wings.

Once an adult has cut out a pair of cardboard wings, kids will have great fun decorating the wings however they like. We used PVA glue and lots of brightly coloured tissue paper to cover the whole wings.

Others ideas for decorating the wings are paints, and other collage materials such as stickers, shiny paper, glitter, strands of wool, leaves or flowers. The options are unlimited.

Let your child be as creative as they like and see what ideas they have. Just make sure the wings don’t get too heavy.  

Fairy Wings Craft

Once the wings are decorated you can add ribbons to attach them to your child and they are complete. We loved this activity. It was a great way to spend some time together being creative and the wings have been worn a lot since in imaginative play.  

You will need:

How to make fairy wings

1. Fold your cardboard in half and draw half a butterfly shape. You can make any size wings that you like. I made the toddler fairy wings a little smaller than the pair for my eldest. Once you are happy with the size and shape. Cut the wings out.  

Fairy Wings Craft

  2. This is where you can get the kids involved. I set out the wings, some PVA glue and lots of brightly coloured tissue paper. Then I let my girls get creative. We used glue and tissue paper to cover the whole wings, on both sides.  

Fairy Wings Craft
Fairy Wings Craft

3. Leave the wings until the glue and tissue paper have dried. As I knew these wings would get a lot of wear and I wanted them to be ok outside if it rained a little, I covered them in sticky back plastic (both sides).  

Fairy Wings Craft

  4. Attach ribbons to use to tie the wings to your child. I just stuck the ribbons on but they did keep coming unstuck. Adding two holes close together on each side and threading the ribbon through would work better.  

Fairy Wings Craft

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photos of colourful cardboard butterfly wings. Text reads easy bug craft DIY butterfly wings

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