How to Make Life-Size Fairy Wings For a Cute Garden Feature
I've been seeing life-size fairy wings (or angel wings) painted onto buildings and love the look but I don't have a large wall to paint one.
I do have a large fairy garden which would be perfect... so DIY fairy wings it is and this is how we did them for our garden:
1. Draw the wing template
Using a large piece of cardboard I sketched and cut out a wing shape.
2. Cut the wings out of plywood
Then hubby used it as a pattern for two fairy wings that were cut out of treated plywood.
3. Sand the plywood smooth
We both sanded the plywood smooth paying special attention to the edges.
4. Prime & paint
Next, I primer-painted the plywood wings white with outdoor paint.
Then I tripped on something in the garage and broke my hand So hubby took over and I supervised lol.
Both wings were spray painted with awesome spray paint: Rustoleum metallic turquoise. It says it's also a primer, but the color was more silvery than turquoise on unpainted wood, so we advise pre-painting the wood.
5. Paint the wing design
Next, we sketched a design onto poster board and he cut it out with an X-ACTO knife.
Laying our stencil onto the wing he spraypainted the stencil using leftover paints. We used poppy pink and pale blue.
One wing done...one to go...I'm pretty excited about the colors!
6. Plant the post & attach the wings
We chose to put the 4x4 post backed up to trees so we wouldn't need to paint the design on the back. It's right near the entrance to our Fairy Garden!
The hole was dug 3ft deep, the post cemented in, wings attached to a board for spacing, then leveled and bolted to the post, and the excess post cut off the top.
We love the whimsical look of the wings and to protect the paint from the weather we clear-coat sprayed it. I was thinking of painting the post or putting wording on it at some point.
Now anyone can become a fairy by standing in front of the wings!
Our granddaughter loves it!
Do you have a pattern for the wings?
Could u post s pic of the whole fairy garden??