Unfortunately no one came to the wing making session after school. Fortunately I still had fun. I made a second set of wings for a teacher friend and took pictures so that I could write out the how-to. Unfortunately, I have not mailed the wings to said teacher friend yet. Fortunately I am still within the express mail for Halloween delivery window.
Do you love that book Fortunately by Remy Charlip? It was a favorite at my house when my son was younger. Sometimes we fall back on the pattern to ease recess or school stress and lighten the mood. We can usually get to laughter in less than five minutes. But enough sideways story telling, let me share how I made these wings. I must preface my directions with a nod to Daryl Fefee, the artist-husband of Beth from Seeking Six who pro-typed a design that jump started my own thinking.
Wing Making Materials
a book cover (rip the guts out of the book, you can use the pages for "feathers"or other art projects)
book pages (I used large sized pages to make longer "feathers.")
hot glue gun
cardboard or foam core
ribbon (to use as straps)
decorative letters or stickers (for the cover if you so desire)
Gut a book. Doesn't that sound awful. Don't feel badly about it. Think of it as upcycling and making art. Rip all of the pages out of the book, so that all you have left is the cover.
Gather your materials and plug in the glue gun.
Cut wing forms out of the cardboard. For this set I cut out two triangles.
Begin gluing the wings to the cardboard. You can also use a long-reach stapler to staple them on (or the two-sided tape). Hot glue holds well, so I used that.
Glue feathers down and together.Leave an open space at the bottom of the wing. You will attach this part of the wing to the book cover.
Glue feathers together. I added a small amount between feathers to add stability and strength.
Repeat. Attach feathers to the other side of the cardboard form.
When finished set aside.
Attach wings to the book cover. I put down some hot glue and then taped the wings to the inside of the book cover.
Thread a ribbon through the holes to make straps.
Fold wings for storage or shipping. You can make wings of any size. My original pair were much larger.Every book fairy's wings are unique.