Throwing a children's party and want to add a personal touch? Create these amazing one-of-a-kind owl wings for the kids that will be sure to leave the adults in awe, courtesy of 'Home & Family' star Tanya Memme! Check out the step-by-step DIY instructions below.
(Copyright 2015 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee)
Use the following instructions to create your very own custom owl wings!
Fabric of different colors and patterns. 1/2-1 yard each. Cotton works great.
1 yard of canvas
Fabric glue of hem tape
Arrange fabric in layers in the order you would like to see your feather layers.
Take your canvas fabric and draw out the wing shape along a right angle in the fabric. You can use the bottom edge of your canvas. If you don't like the curve you first drew, then wipe off the chalk and try again. Once you like the shape, cut out the left and right wing accordingly. These two pieces become the base to glue on the layers of feathers. Make sure the length along the top is the same length of your child's middle back to the beginning (not the tip) of his/her longest finger.
Create a template for your feather layers by taking one of your wing sides and tracing out a third one BUT make the curved side about four inches longer. This will create the pattern for first layer of feathers as well as all the additional layers.
Take that and and cut it into five or six sections as seen in this photo. This creates the templates for the feather layers. Number them from one through five. This is your template for your feather layers. You'll be cutting out two to six of each different strip length. Put these strips aside as you will need them later.
Attach the wings to the ribbon. If using hem tape, line the top of the wings along the ribbon with the hem tape in between. Iron in place. Make sure to leave about four inches of ribbon on both ends and about half an inch in the middle between the two wings.
Cut strips out of your different fabrics to create the layers of feathers. You'll need two to six of each template. Alternate fabrics to make sure you have two of one fabric, two of another fabric and two of another fabric to create the multi-layers on each wing. You only need two pieces cut out of No. 5.
Create triangles for feathers. Taking one or two strips at a time, fold them in half twice and cut triangles out along the bottom curve. See the photo above as a reference.
Glue on the fabric feather layers. Glue the layers along the curve of both wings.
Repeat all the way up to the top, stopping about four to five inches from the top. These two layers were both cut from strip No. 1. Then the next two to three layers will be from strip #2 and so on. You are making two wings so you have to repeat everything exactly the same on the opposite wing.
For final touches, once you almost get to the top, glue on No. 5 for the last and final layer. Then glue ribbon (the same length as the one underneath) along the top of the wings to give it a tailored finish. Attach elastics in the middle for your child's arms to slide into. Tie the ends of the ribbons together to create a finger loop.
Watch Tanya give a tutorial on how to craft the owl wings in the following video!
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