In this pretty easy DIY I will combine my loves of crafting and toy collecting to show you how to make angel wings for a doll. Here I’ve used a 12″ tall Kewpie doll, but you can use this to make wings for any kind of doll. I incorporated my winged Kewpie doll into my Christmas decorations, and for Valentine’s Day, he’ll play Cupid on my mantle.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- thick craft paper – I’m using this copper glitter paper from Michael’s
- long craft feathers – I used these from Michael’s, already painted with gold tips!
- short craft feathers – I used these from Michael’s
- embroidery floss, or any type of string
- hot glue
- hole punch or awl slightly larger than your string
- your doll
First, you’ll want to figure out how big you want your wings to be. I cut a basic wing shape and held it up to my doll. I made my base pretty small, about 3 1/2″ tall and 5″ wide for my 12″ doll.
Next, pick feathers to act as the primary feathers on the wings. I picked 10 feathers that were pretty equal in size and glued them in rows to the plain side of my paper. I tried to keep the longest on the outside and the shortest on the inside.
Here’s how it will look:
As you’re gluing, you’ll want to hold it up to your doll to make the wings aren’t too long. If you want to make them extend to the table you can, but I made mine so they would sit on the top of the back and extend past the knees.
After that, use hot glue and some small feathers to cover the seam between your paper and long feathers. This just gives it a more polished look.
Then you’ll cover the white side of the paper with the smaller feathers, making sure to cover the shafts of the long feathers. I glued them down with hot glue and had to use about 3 layers of feathers to get full coverage. At this point you’ll want to use a hole punch or awl to make holes that you’ll use to tie the wings to the doll. Don’t punch yours crooked like mine.
Once all of your glue is dried, all that’s left is to tie them to your doll. I used a 24″ length of string. Put the middle of the string at the back of the doll’s neck. Bring both ends to the front of the neck. Cross each end under the opposite armpit and bring the ends to the back. Pass each end through its hole, going from the not-glitter side to the glitter side. Pull the threads over the doll’s shoulders to the front and tie it in a cute little bow!
To complete the look, I also fashioned mine a little halo using three gold pipe cleaners.
And you have yourself one darling little angel or cherub!
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Tell me about it in the comments!