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How to make wings out of craft foam
September 19, 2018 Books 3 comments

Now it's time to show you how to make some easy light-weight wings to go with your clay horns!

All you'll need other than typical supplies like scissors, pencils, and glue are two sheets of craft foam (three to be safe) and some thin elastic cord.

Here's the foam I used:

You can find this at any craft store - or even Wal-Mart, I believe - for less than a dollar a sheet.

First sketch out your wing shape on the foam using chalk or a white pencil:
It's not easy to erase marks off of the foam, so use something light and be careful with your lines. If you do need to erase something, try rubbing the foam with a Magic Eraser or a damp wash cloth.

Once you're happy with your shape, cut it out:

[Side note: cutting foam with scissors is my new favorite thing. I can't explain why, but it's ridiculously fun. Something about the smooth texture, I think. :D]

Now use that wing as a template to trace the second one:

To give them some rigidity and support, next we're going to cut out two top spines for each wing, for a total of four:

You can see that I'd already sketched this shape into my original wing. To get the shape onto the foam I traced the top edge of the wing and then free-handed the lower edge, comparing it frequently to my wing to get the shape right. 

Just like with the wing, once I had the first spine cut out I used it as a template for the next three.

Next sandwich your wings between the spines. I used plain white craft glue, but I'm sure hot glue or most other adhesives would work just as well, if not better. Weight your wing sandwich down with a heavy book or two and allow them to dry.

Once your spines are dry it's time to add some smaller "finger" spines. I experimented with straight edges before realizing a curved line looked much more organic:

All of these pieces came from the same two sheets of craft foam, by the way, so I'm just using scraps here to form the extra spines. Play around with the curves until it looks right to you, and then trace and cut the shapes so you have a total of four of each.

Glue everything down and allow them to dry.

Now it's time to join your wings together and attach the elastic bands that will allow you to wear them. (Woot!)

First, check your wingspan by having someone hold the wings up behind you. Mine were a bit too wide/long, so I trimmed off about three inches from the interior edge on each wing.

When you're happy with the wingspan, lay your wings down on a hard surface with the two interior edges butted together. Cut out a large square that will overlap the center of both wings from your scraps of craft foam, and slip it beneath the two wings. Trace the upper and lower curves of the wings onto your new square, and then trim it so no extra foam sticks out from beneath the wings.

Ug, that was confusing, wasn't it? Sorry - I forget to take a process picture. Here it is finished to show you what I mean:

That's my foam square on top - I used yet another scrap of craft foam for this piece, which is why it's a funky shape. This is the side that will be against your back, though, so don't worry about making it too pretty; it just needs to be functional.

As you can see, my piece overlaps both wings. BEFORE YOU GLUE THE SQUARE DOWN, attach your elastic cords with staples. Make sure you staple through the cord, and not just around it like I did. (Mine would probably pull out if I yanked hard enough.) You can also add a dab of glue to the cords for extra strength.

Once your cords are securely attached, go ahead and glue the center foam piece down over both wings. Weight it down and let it dry.

 Next, carefully flip your wings over and staple down the joined seam:
Yes, a standard stapler *will* go through four layers of craft foam without any problem. :)

To cover the seam and staples, glue down yet another strip of foam, wrapping it around the edges and securing it to the reverse side:

This is the finished front side of the wings - or the side that goes against your back.

And here's the finished back!


And you're done!

To hide my elastic cords I fed them through two tiny holes in my costume's top - which required me to go back and add jewelry clasps to the cords so I can unclip them. Just use crimp clasps and lobster claws if you want to do the same thing.

At this point you can add paint or glitter or gems to jazz up your wings, or just leave them as-is. Because I'm wearing mine at night I wanted to emphasize the spines a little more, so I added a shaded outline on the spine edges:

I used a bright reddish-orange eyeliner for this, believe it or not - the creamy texture allowed me to smudge the line and fade it in a bit. (Sorry it doesn't photograph well; the orange really messes with my camera!)

Here's the full wingspan with my shaded outline:

I haven't shaded the backside of the wings because I'm lazy, and this is the only side that will be photographed, anyway. :)

I hope you enjoyed, and that this inspires a bunch of dragon/fairy/bat/devil costumes out there!


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From Lacey

This spring I made a dragon party basket for Liam’s school auction. Recently I got an order for more of the dragon wings, so I thought while I made them I’d make a tutorial and show you how it’s done!

You will need:

9″ x 12″ self-adhesive craft foam, 6 sheets per pair of wings: three sheets each of the two colors you like

28″ elastic flat braid (two 14″ pieces per pair of wings)

Eyelets, small, 4 per pair of wings, and eyelet pliers

Scissors or rotary cutter

Pencil or pen

Needle and thread

The wings are more durable if they are two sheets of craft foam thick. I like to make my wings in dual tones, one color for the back of the wingspan and one color for the front. First, choose your colors! I made purple/pink, light green/dark green, orange/yellow, and orange/green.

Once your colors are matched it’s time to stick them adhesive-sides together. Here I am sticking one purple sheet to one pink sheet. You need to avoid air bubbles at all costs!

The trick is to peel off the backing one edge at a time, and then line up the two exposed edges of craft foam very carefully.

Squish the corners together, and squish the exposed sticky edges together. Then once you’re lined up properly, slowly pull off the rest of the paper backing with one hand, and use the other hand to press the craft foam down, squishing out air bubbles as you go.

Now you have two sheets of foam stuck together, hopefully without any air bubbles. Do this again using two more sheets of the same color combination.

Now, take one of the double sheets and draw your wing outline onto it.

And cut the shape.

Do this again for the other double sheet.

You should have two sheets of craft foam left, one of each color, that have NOT been stuck to each other.

Cut a square roughly 2″ by 3″ from each color.

You will use this square to bind the two wings together in the center, one for each side.

Once your squares are trimmed up to the right size, peel off the backing and stick them on!

Now comes the most important step: Milkshake Break!

Now it’s time to put in our eyelets. Find your eyelet pliers. Next time I’ll ask Ryan where they are before I tear apart my whole crafting shelf! Note to self: check the train box…

Now punch four holes into the wings, two on the outer edges of the center squares, like so.

And put in your eyelets, making sure they all face the same way.

Now you’re ready to put in the elastic shoulder straps. Cut your elastic into two 14-inch strips.

I use flat braided elastic, 1/4″, and hand sew the strap ends together.

When you hand sew elastic, always sew in a zig-zig pattern so the stitches can stretch.

And now put in your elastic for the other shoulder strap. Once that is sewn you are done!

Attach the wings to your dragonling and let him roam cross the meadow, burninating the countryside!

Please let me know if you have any questions. How’d I do for my first tutorial? Peace out!

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How to make (decent) feathers with craft foam!

Hello fellow cosplayers/crafters! 

So today, I was asked how I made my feathers for my Griselda (Odin Sphere) wings using craft foam and… well… I was on mobile and Tumblr ate it.

So I’ll make one with pictures! It won’t be that great but oh well…. It’s only a small tuto…

What you need:

  • Craft foam
  • Scupting tool/exacto knife/cutter (something to make creases)
  • Scissors or a cutter (to cut)
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint (whichever you prefer)
  • (optional) White primer
  • (optional) Glitters

STEP 1: Cut the feathers.

Be creative. Make ovals ones, banana shaped, whatever you want them to look like! I drew templates on paper and traced over them because I wanted them to have a specific form. Cut them with scissors or a cutter. I used scissors to have that sort of angle and irregular borders.

STEP 2: Make patterns.

You want it to look legit, right? Well, you got to put effort and patience in it! To guide my blade hand so it doesn’t look like a mess, I crease a line in the middle to know where the center of my feather is. Follow the shape, don’t make a straight line or it won’t look natural! 

Next, make diagonal lines toward the line you just made. You can make both sides symetrical or you can be irregular like me. Be creative!

STEP 3: Add details!

Now that you made them look like this, they look like leaves, right? Don’t worry! We’ll fix that with an exacto knife! Cut little triangles on your feather just like when you split the little hair on a real feather! It’ll look better and more feather-ish.

STEP 4: Hot glue details!

It looks ready to go, right? Wrong! See that white line on this real feather?

Well, you want THAT. So use hot glue on that line you made that you thought useless! Be very patient because you can easily mess up! Hot glue tends to love making air bubbles or huge SURPRISE LUMPS! So be slow, go back and forth and if you mess up, rip the glue off and start again.Try to loosen up the trigger at the end to have a smaller line.

ALSO, be mindful that hot glue leaves small dingly hot glue strings if you don’t clean it off well! it can drag your feathers together and mutate them or even flip over on your desk and that’s just the worst thing you’ll ever experience.

Be careful not to burn yourself like me!!!

STEP 4: OPTIONAL Prime the feathers!

This step is optional but recommended if you don’t use spray paint to color them. Why? Because the hot glue doesn’t like acrylic paint and it’ll still be visible even if you put multiple layers. So prime your feathers with whatever white primer you like IN A WELL VENTILLATED AREA. Let it dry. (Mine took 20 minutes to dry but just follow what the instructions tells you depending on your brand.) You can do both sides or add an other coat, but I didn’t because I’m lazy.

STEP 5: Painting the feathers!

Here comes the fun part! Use some acrylic paint or spray paint to color them! Obviously, you know how to use a can of spray paint, so I won’t bother explaining this. You want to do it with acrylic? GREAT! So get your paint ready and start mixing the colors you want! (I recommend priming your feathers first because of the hot glue problem and you’ll need 2 layers of paint if you didn’t prime them)

Apply a first coat of your base color on your feather. Move your brush on the same direction as the lines you did so you don’t see random vertical lines, plus, more realistic!

When it’s fully dry, you can add highlights! I usually add a lighter shade of the base color all along the feather line thinggy and spread to the outside of the feather but not all the way! Then I add a darker shade on the upper edges of the feathers because you know… it’s nice.

If you don’t want to add glitters, you’re done! Congrats to you!

STEP 6: Add glitters!

You want to feel like a princess? Or you just like sparkling things…? Then let’s add glitters!! I got mine really cheap at Walmart. (Martha Stewart crafts. Be mindful that these makes your feathers just a LITTLE bit darker)

What I like to do is start from the feather line and spread it towards the outside and add a few on the borders. Put a few on the feather line to have that extra spark! And like painting, go the same direction as the diagonal lines to avoid the lines.

Sparkles got in the creases? AWESOME. It’ll be extra sparkly!


Now assemble it however you like with hot glue. It made nice wings like these or a pretty headdress that I never posted!

*Be aware that the feathers will easily bend because it’s still craft foam after all! 

**You can do the same process on the back of the feather if you’d like.

***The thickness of the craft foam depends from sheet to sheet! I got some who were thinner than others. I got mine at my local art supply store OmerDeserres and they were very irregular (8.5x11 sheets) compared to the ones I got at Walmart. (I think they’re 5x8?? but it comes in packs of 50!!! )


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Looking for a fun Kid Craft for Back to School? This cute Pony Shoe Wings tutorial with Free Printable fits the bill! Your kids will have fun MAKING them and WEARING them!

Hi Friends!  It’s Natalie, from My daughter is 11…but she is as tall as me…and her feet are as big as mine! She is still very much a fluffy girly girl…BUT stores and marketing would have her size wearing either very scanty clothing, or very boring “mom” clothes.

In an effort to keep her youthful and cute, we do lots of DIY!

Make a cute statement on your favorite kicks! You can design these pony shoe wings however you dream. We’re doing a My Little Pony Rainbow Dash-ish wing! And they would make the god Hermes proud too!

These are so easy and take just about 15 minutes!

 You will need:

  • Craft Foam
  • Eyelets and Setter
  • Hot Glue/Gun

And this pattern! Just right click to save off and print out. These were made to fit a women’s size 6 shoe, so you may need to alter the size based on the shoe or get creative and draw your own.

Start with the big outside wing. Place pattern on foam and cut it out.

Cut one more out to face the opposite direction.

Cut the pattern center out and cut out 2 more pieces of foam. We went with hot pink. Hot glue them right on the center. Be careful!

Now for the eyelets. Flip the wing over and draw a dot lined up with the holes on the shoes.

Get out your Crop-a-dile and eyelets (or equivalent)

Punch out the holes, right in the center of the dots

Now add an eyelet in each hole and set it.

Now repeat for the other side.

Now you just need to unlace your shoes and lace them up with your new wings!

Repeat for the other side and you are ready to fly!

They are so cute and fun! Great for anyone of any size!

You could put 2 wings on each shoe, but I think they would catch or snag on each other while walking, or running!

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Wire Wing Frame

These wings are built on a wire frame. To make it easier to shape the wire in two of the same shapes, draw the outline of the shape of the wing on a large piece of paper.

The idea is to have the wings come from a rectangular base will lay on my back. Measuring on a dress form I decided to make the base 9" x 6".

- Choose a center back line, draw out 3" and another 3" running parallel 9" down. Check out the image for reference. Then draw your wing shape.

- Use a pair of pliers to shape and bend the wire following your drawn line. Taping the wire to the paper along the way helps to keep the whole wire shape in place as you work.

- The frame is one piece wire, keep going around until you get to where the two ends meets. Cross the ends over each other slightly and hot glue around and in between the wire.

Wire Frame Base

- Cut two 10" pieces of wire, this allows you 1/2" at either end to overlap the wing frame.

- Run the wire pieces perpendicular to the 6" centers of the wing frame at the corners and hot glue. The hot glue held up surprisingly well. I believe it's because the aluminum wire is so light weight. Make sure to cover the whole connection with glue, getting it in the cracks of the intersection.

- Repeat on the opposite side.

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