Craig the spring peeper frog thought it would be really funny if Sophie’s pixie dust landed on him and made him grow wings! (He’s even pretty sure that he could beat Fiddlebug and Bart at a game of Cave Tag if it happened.) Craig decided that he couldn’t just grow plain old wings either, fairy sparkles never cause anything that isn’t a little flashy. He thought that some nice striped wings would look the best – with a little bit of spooky design thrown in too, of course!
After he made them up, Craig decided he was just a little camera shy so he had Fiddlebug’s teddy bear wear them for the picture. Here are directions to make your very own set of
What you need:
A length of wire. Two wire coat hangers will work also.
Wire cutters for the big person to use
Duct tape and a small flexible piece of padding
Patterned pantyhose or tights – this is a GREAT time of year to find interesting patterns and stock up.
A robe tie, piece of ribbon or some other length of material to tie the wings on.
Other decorating stuff like glitter if you would like.
What you do:
1) The big person needs to form a set of wings out of the wire. The wings should be attached to each other in the middle. The easiest way to do this is to make a circle with the wire first and then twist the circle in half to form two teardrop shapes that are the same size. If you are using two coat hangers, each one will become one wing. Join them in the center with duct tape. You may want to use extra padding in step 2.
2) Wrap the padding around the center of the two wings where they are twisted together and tape it very well. This will help keep the wire inside from poking while you are wearing them. (This is another great place to have your big person help.)
3) Slide one leg of the tights or pantyhose over one wing. You will have to reshape the wing as you do this because the loop will want to close together. Stretch the fabric so it’s tight around the wing.
4) Twist the tights around your center padding to close it around the first wing.
5) Stretch the tights or pantyhose around the second wing from the center. You will have to reshape this wing just like the other.
6) Tie a tight knot to close off the fabric at the tip of the second wing. You can wiggle this knot down onto the flat part of the wing so it doesn’t show as much.
7) If you want more decorations on your wings, this is the time to add them and let any glue dry!
8) Fold your ribbon (or robe tie, etc.) in half to find the center. Tie the center of the ribbon around the center of the wings so you have two pieces hanging down that are the same length. Use these to tie around your chest to attach the wings. REMEMBER!!! DON’T TIE YOUR WINGS AROUND YOUR NECK, IF THEY GET CAUGHT ON SOMETHING THEY COULD HURT YOU THIS WAY!
Fiddlebug and Bart are almost wishing that Sophie WOULD sneeze on Craig because of this one. They really want to know who would win the race if Craig could fly!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!