I had a great idea to make steampunk angel wings, but I had the idea when I was very poor and couldn’t purchase good craft products to make my idea the best. Instead, I attempted to make cheap steampunk wings using items I had around the house.
Here is how I made my DIY low-budget angel wings. Use my idea to make your own. The entire project takes a couple of days, but it’s worth it.
What You Need:
18″ by 12″ Paper
Grey spray paint
Silver paint pen
1) Draw a wing shape on the paper. My wings are 18″ by 12″, but you can make yours any size you want. Just keep in mind that all my measurements are for this size wing.
2) Cut out the wing shape. You only need one for both wings.
1) Draw a 2″ by 1/2″ rectangle on paper. Cut it out to create a rectangle stencil.
2) Use the rectangle stencil to draw at least 50 rectangles on the cardboard. I used cardboard from an old box. You want thick cardboard so don’t use a cereal box.
3) Cut out the rectangles from the cardboard using the Xacto knife. This part is tedious and hurts the hands. Sorry.
4) Glue the ends of the rectangles together so that they form the wing pattern. Use the paper pattern to guide you by placing the rectangles along the edge of the paper wing pattern and gluing them together as you go. Glue three or four rows across the edge of the wings as well.
Do not glue the cardboard to the paper.
The way you glue the rectangle ends together is like this: -_-_-_-
See the picture of the back of the steampunk angel wing for a better guide.
5) Once the glue is dry, add your brads. I wanted to use brads to make it look like the cardboard was attached together using metal brads instead of glue. Just shove the brads into the ends of the glued rectangles.
1) Make a feather stencil just like the rectangle stencil. You want a 2″ feather. I used a free image found at pixabay and printed it the correct size.
2) Use the stencil to draw 50 or more feathers on the vinyl. Cut out all the feathers using the Xacto knife.
3) Glue the end of the feathers to the cardboard wing outline. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. Add feathers along the edge at the top to cover the ends of the feathers below. See the picture for a better guide.
1) Spray paint both sides of the wing with the grey spray paint. Let it dry overnight so it isn’t tacky.
2) Trace along the edges of every wing with the silver paint pen. This gives the wing a more metal look. I didn’t want the whole thing silver.
Make one more wing and then decide how you want to use your new cheap steampunk angel wings. You can hang them so that they back shows or just the front and forgo using the brads.