Charity here from Scrappin’ Chaos with an invitation to fly away with me! Wings give us an emotional connection to the sky, a symbolic release of worries, and a visual statement of personal freedom. They also make a great decorative element! These wings were fairly simple to make, but a very time consuming process. Supplies:
Canvas Corp Paper – Gold & White Star 7 Sheets
3 metal cutting dies
The first step was to draw my wings onto cardboard then cut them out. To make sure they matched I drew one wing then traced it for the second. I got a little help from my daughter with the shape and such. It is definitely an asset to have three other artists in the house.
The wings were time consuming because they have about 70 feathers each, cut with one specific die. If you have an electronic cutting system these wings could be completed in an afternoon. I used Helmar’s Tacky Craft Glue and found it PERFECT for this project.
I started at the wing tips and layered the feathers in rows. The first two rows are the densest with 20+ feathers per row.
I placed the third row at the same angle as the first two even though several feathers hung over the edge.
Once the glue had dried I flipped the wing over to assess the problem.
A quick cut with my craft knife and I was ready to start the fourth row.
The fourth row had more holes in it and took more time to piece. I placed each feather with an awareness that this was the top row. I laid the border feathers on while arranging the fourth row to be sure everything was placed exactly.
A considerable hang over had to be trimmed off the fourth row as well.
One final row of feathers, these cut from a pair of different dies, bordered the edge of the wings. This row of feathers evened out the raw cut edge. It gave the wings a finished look.
Why was that boy so insistent on being first to wear the wings? Can it be he believes like Coco Chanel that , “If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” Perhaps he has understood the truth of Anon’s words, “Until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you’ll fly.” What ever the case, I hope we have inspired you to make your own set of wings; to dream your own dreams.